Every athlete knows that having a consistent diet most definitely has an influence on training, performance and the shape that you’re in. Still, athletes are only people, and people sometimes get cravings for food that isn’t what you’d call “part of a balanced diet”. Here’s the thing, though: a balanced diet is just that – balanced.
If you’re going to have a cheat meal, rather go for one of these options. They’ll leave you satisfied, but won’t throw your entire training cycle under the bus.
When you need to carbo-load, there’s nothing wrong with having some pizza. It’s when you’re having pizza every night or after every training session that it might become an issue. Also, maybe don’t have the whole pizza – moderation is key – and go for the thin crust instead of the thick crust. Choose lean meat toppings and not too much cheese, and you’re golden.
Sweet potato fries
Sweet potato is a great source of fibre and antioxidants and a delicious alternative to traditional potato fries. If you choose to hand-cut the sweet potatoes and bake them instead of frying, you have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about.
Chips and guacamole
If you’re looking for something to munch on while you watch a movie, rather go for baked tortilla chips and guacamole instead of store-bought chips and dip. Avo is a healthy fat and this combination is just as good as the alternative any day.
Simply choosing healthier ingredients for your pasta already makes a huge difference. Substitute traditional pasta with whole wheat, and trim down on the sauce by only using these ingredients:
2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes
Freshly chopped oregano
Let the mixture stand for an hour at room temperature and add it to cooked whole-wheat spaghetti. It doesn’t get simpler (or more delicious) than this.
When it comes to cheat meals, the most important thing is to allow yourself to unwind sometimes, while not going overboard. Everyone’s allowed something nice, and just because it’s delicious, it certainly doesn’t mean it’s bad for you – and vice versa.