Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week - Competitor Carb Load

We're gearing up for the Spring shows... If you're competing, you're might be within that nitty-gritty 6 week mark. Daily carbs are scarce, and carb load meals are sacred. For me, carb-meal was a list of specific food to consume at one sitting: Sweet potato, banana, oatmeal, and fat (wasn't specified, I could choose any fat I wanted as long as it was just one serving). That was dinner, twice a week (I was lucky, lol). I did this meal a couple times before I just couldn't stand it. Time to come up with something more palatable than eating a sweet potato, a banana, and a bowl of plain (yuck) oatmeal.

I ended up with two ways to enjoy this meal - a pie and a plate of cookies ;-) NOM NOM NOM!

Competition Carb Pie

1 cup Oatmeal (plain)
6 oz baked Sweet Potato (no skin)
4 oz banana, mashed
1 Tbsp butter
Water to moisten
Spray Oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (pure)
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix the sweet-potato & mashed banana together until well combined. Add the spices and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk the oatmeal & baking powder.
Stir all ingredients together, then add water if needed, just until it's moistened.
Pour into greased pie pan & bake for 30-40 minutes.
Less baking makes a "baked oatmeal" dish, more baking creates a "cookie".

Instead of baking as a pie, roll into balls and cook on cookie sheet... This turned out to be my favorite way of carb loading ;-)  

You can also replace the butter with peanut butter or almond butter.

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