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More Than Meat for Recovery

Pop quiz, hot shot. You have to prepare a meal. What do you do? I'd be willing to bet your first response was "something-something-beef". Burgers, meatloaf, steak, or meatza, we all lean on the animal we know and love and for good reason. Meat is delicious. It's easy to prepare, a complete protein, great for recovery, and simultaneously combines the sweet taste of heaven and the excitement of a party in your mouth.


So what's wrong with loving meat more than the other animal protein sources on our "Eat With Abandon" list? Nothing. It's great to have favorites- favorite team, favorite movie, favorite child -but with great nutrition comes great responsibility. There must be balance.   Our good friend and performance expert, Dr. Tom Incledon of Human Health Specialists, encourages Power Athletes to eat the colors of the rainbow which includes diverse animal proteins. However more often than not, we see diets laden with beef and lacking in other hugely viable protein and fat sources. Remember that if it has a face, a mother, and a soul, it's fair game. Let's talk about a species that more than meets this criteria but is regularly neglected.

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A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers.Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals.With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness.In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.

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5 Responses to More Than Meat for Recovery

  1. The cured recipe is remarkably simple. Always thought it took more than that.

    Wild caught fish tends to be more expensive than beef, esp in light of options like buying a whole cow, CSA’s, etc. Any suggestions for sourcing in bulk?

    • The cured recipe is SOOO good. It’s my favorite.

      Here is what I’ve found when sourcing fish. It’s not necessarily something you want to buy in bulk. A few reasons – fresh is always preferable to frozen, especially when you will reap most of the nutritional benefits from fatty fish in it’s raw state. Raw recipes will never call for previously frozen fish.

      Another reason I love the cured recipe is because after you make it with fresh fish, you can freeze it in separate portions. That would be one way of “buying in bulk” and maintaining the integrity of the recipe and health bene’s.

      Good fish is expensive. Medical bills, also expensive. The Legoland Star Wars exhibit – wallet rape. And razors? Those will be currency when the world ends. The point is, all of the above will improve your quality of life and you can’t put a price on that. (Except that you can. Just buy fish, ok?)

  2. I try to eat salmon often, but a staple of my diet is canned sardines. Now, before you wrinkle up your face in disgust, canned sardines have come a long way. The wild ones I buy from my local natural foods market come in various flavors, ranging from olive oil with lemon to marinara sauce to cayenne pepper.

    These cans typically cost between $2-$4, come fully cooked, and are actually quite delicious – MY GO TO FOOD WHEN TRAVELING. Somewhere around 300 calories per can and 30g of protein with quality fats and eatable tiny bones.

    Easy work lunch – salad greens with chopped avocado and canned sardines.

    There is good canned salmon available, too – but it usually costs a bit more.

  3. Great article and I will try that cured salmon for sure!

    Like Dub C, canned sardines are my travel goto food. When I was in the arctic for 3 weeks last winter with no fresh food, I lived off canned sardines and white rice. Not the best diet but I didn’t get skinnier! Plus no one wants to sit beside ya when your eating them.

  4. hot chick photo. check.
    Star Wars meme w/ photo. check.
    delicious food photo. check.

    Love me some fish.

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