FOOD2FUEL: Mo' Style

Our motivators know what’s up when it comes to keeping their bodies healthy and ready for class. Meet the man who balances between the Monday & Thursday night bike, and his kitchen cooking up a storm!

Meet Steven.

Alright, let’s be honest. Who doesn’t love a man who can cook?! 

Luckily for me, my mom encouraged my kitchen creations from a young age. Now, I actually enjoy cooking and trying out all kinds of new dishes that fuel my family. I also have quite a few dietary restrictions, so knowing exactly what I am putting into my body - every ingredient - is crucial for daily success. Sometimes, I worry most people don’t realize that coming to a spin class (or lifting weights, going for a run, practicing yoga, etc.) is only going to get them so far. It’s great to get sweaty and I strive to be active almost every day. But it’s just as important, if not more so, to eat well and choose healthy foods to ensure you are getting adequate nutrients, fuel, and energy. It’s a definitely a balancing act!


What's the most important meal of the day?
All meals are important (seriously, I really like food), but my MOST important meal is breakfast. My day starts off with eggs, gluten-free toast, a banana with peanut butter, and water. Then, coffee. If I don’t get in a proper meal in the morning, I am setting my body, brain, and mood up for failure. 

How do you fuel for what you body does with dietary restrictions?

My two biggest dietary restrictions are gluten and dairy. Neither allergy is new; I've had to become more creative about what I eat and how I cook for almost ten years. It's safe to say I eat ALOT of food. My body works hard, so without all 5 meals and a ton of water, my entire day can feel really off. My go-to proteins are chicken or turkey, and I always make sure to have some rice, sweet potatoes, and quinoa readily available. Our fridge is usually stuffed full of veggies, too.

The one craving that you can't kill is ... 
Chocolate. Given my dairy allergy, I shouldn't have it, but I still do. (Almost) everything in moderation, right?

Do you have a pre- or post- spin treat? 
These protein banana muffins from Nutritionist in the Kitch are definitely my favourite. They're easy to make and freeze well. I always make sure that we have some in the freezer so we can just toss a few into a bag and go. For this specific recipe, I use Vanilla Vega protein powder. 
If muffins aren’t your thing, I highly recommend checking out Christal’s Energy Ball book. It’s an ENTIRE book of energy balls – no oven required. I’ve made a few recipes so far and all of them have been awesome.


How do you prepare the need to fuel for your day?
Our household is like every other household: we have a lot on the go at all times. Typically, my wife and I spend a few hours on Sundays grocery shopping and meal prepping. Unless I'm trying out a new dish, our grocery list looks similar week to week. I pre-make weekday lunches, snacks, and protein portions, and the same for suppers. It literally eliminates the dreaded thought after a long day of, "Great ... now what are we going to have for dinner?". Sure, sometimes we feel like last-minute tacos or going out for a bite, but having healthier options prepped suits us. Meal prepping once a week also makes the daily grind that much easier. 

Do you have any favourite food spots in the city?
LOVEPIZZA! If you haven’t been yet, go … NOW! They have one of the best gluten-free crusts in Edmonton. Come on, who doesn’t love pizza?!

Steven’s tips to fuel with success:
1.     PLAN! It really makes a huge difference. 
2.     Keep it fun! Follow the recipe ... or don't!
3.     Drink lots of water!  
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