Twenty-Four Hours of Eating
by Vince Matteo
"I bet you can eat whatever you want!"
I've heard that more than a few times and the truth is I would love nothing more than to eat a bacon cheeseburger with curly fries but I often end up with a bowl of salad.
What can I say? My meals are boring.
I used to be the guy who cooked a wide variety of meals and blogged about them, but with time becoming more precious to me, meals have become streamlined in order to eat healthy while saving time.
To describe a day of eating for me, the logical place to start would be dinner rather than breakfast because that's where it all begins.
A trip to the grocery store yields a wide variety of brightly colored veggies and typically a lean meat.
Upon returning to my home, I grab a knife from the block and I shout -- "Let the chopping begin!"
Okay, I lied about the shouting part but it seems like I should mark the moment somehow because there's an endless amount of chopping -- not for one, but three meals.
After filling two to three large containers of chopped veggies, I begin to assemble my evening meal.
Dinner on this particular evening was a salad with veggies and a piece of grilled blackened salmon. The dressing was homemade balsamic vinaigrette with orange juice, Dijon mustard and a few pinches of onion, garlic and black pepper.
In the morning, I saute some of the leftover veggies in a little bit of olive oil, toss in some egg whites, throw everything into wrap smeared with hummus or cottage cheese and top it with some sort of hot sauce.
The eggs are too hot to eat coming straight out of the pan. So while my breakfast concoction is cooling, I'm creating another wrap smeared with hummus and topping it with the remaining leftover veggies, some cheese, possibly a leftover piece of chicken and drizzling a bit of the dressing from the previous evening.
I assemble the wrap on a piece of foil and when I'm finished, I roll it up, throw it into my lunchbox with some fruit and I've successfully created three meals while saving quite a bit of time.
And that's really the key for me because life was getting in the way of making healthy choices but with this approach I always have good food available to me at all times.
Vince is an experienced ironman competitor and multiple-time Kona-qualifer. You can follow him on his blog at felog.net and on Twitter @felog.