So I have been on a quest to rid my diet of processed foods and processed sugar. I considered a whole30 or paleo route but it really does not work with the power endurance sport of kettlebell lifting. I was eating processed cereal for one of my meals and for pre workout fuel I was eating my all time fav snack peanut butter and jelly sammy. Yeah some of you may be shocked as you think I eat super clean and strict, and well most of my meals are prepped Sunday and are pretty clean. Now I will crush a couple doughnuts before one rep max workouts and if I’m at a kettlebell competition my diet the whole weekend is pretty bad because I am expending an insane amount of calories in just a ten minute set and I had been training my ass off for weeks. So yes I eat well most of the time, cleaner and healthier than 99% of America but I could be doing just a little better. My new goal is to get rid of the processed cereal and the bread (I did find bread made by natures own that contains no sugar but I still wanted to cut it being a processed food), and the last thing I wanted to cut was the fake ice tea I drink at home, sugar free but nothing but garbage chemicals and acids.
The changes I wanted to make are fairly easy; drop bread and other processed baked goods, drop processed boxed cereals, and drop the fake iced tea. I have to be careful as the processed bread and cereal are what fuels my workouts, so they need to be replaced with something that contains enough carbs for me to continue lifting at my curent level and continue making gains. Dropping the fake crystalized iced tea was easy, just make my own tea from black and green tea. The problem with the tea was that I like it a little sweet and the fake stuff has zero calorie sweetener, which is notoriously bad for your brain and your body eventually becomes addicted to it and likes it, but some people their body actually treats it like regular sugar and that causes insulin spikes and then resistence. And trying to rid the bread and boxed cereal I knew I was going to experience some issues. I started making my own tea and using a small amount of agave syrup. Is this still a form of sugar? Yes. Is it calorie free? No. So I have to use as small an amount as possible, just enough to sweeten my coffee and my iced tea. At this point in my life and my lifting career I would rather deal with the extra calories than keep putting fake chemicals into my body. Getting rid of the bread was easy, so was throwing out the cereal. I still eat oatmeal, all natural and even though it cannot be certified gluten free it basically is. So I have some oats first thing with banana and almond milk and some almond butter, my second meal is this amazing hash I make. Seriously this tuff is great! It is my second meal fo the day. My pre workout meal is still eggs and beef and veggies but instead of processed boxed cereal for my carbs I am having this great ROCKET FUEL PORRIDGE. I still have rice at night after I get home for my last meal, so my diet is not paleo and is not whole30 and is not grain free, but I have now rid my diet of all processed boxed crap, everything I eat comes from a plant or an animal, not a factory. Yes you can argue my oats and rice are processed but seriously you could consider every single thing you buy in a store to be processed.
*THIS RECIPE IS NOT LOW FAT AND IT IS NOT LOW CARB! THIS IS HIGH PERFORMANCE FUEL FOR SERIOUS ATHLETES AND LIFTERS!*
*ALSO THIS IS A “DOUG SIZED” PORTION. YOU CAN CUT THE PORTION DOWN TO BETTER FIT YOUR SIZE.”
Anyway, here is my amazing hash recipe!
- 2 large sweet potato
- 1 medium to large sized rutabaga
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 package or around 6-8 strips of nitrate free bacon cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- bag of frozen or canned corn
- 2 bell peppers whatever color you want
- 1 yellow onion
- 2 cans of beans whatever kind/color you like
- Turn oven on 400
- Cut up rutabaga into small 1/4 to 1/2 inch chunks, toss in a bowl with some avocado or coconut oil, season salt and pepper and creole or other spicy mix, Throw it on a sheet pan and into the oven, set timer for 15 minutes.
- Cut up sweet potato into 1/2 to 3/4 inch chunks (larger than the rutabaga). Toss with oil and seasoning. When the timer goes off for the rutabaga take the sheet out and throw the sweet potato on there and put it back in the oven for another 20-25 minutes until potato is just cooked through and a little soft but not mushy.
- Throw the ground turkey in a big cast iron skillet, just when it starts getting brown throw in the chopped up bacon pieces. Cook it all for 5 minutes. Season with creole or spicy stuff.
- Add peppers and onions. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add beans and corn cook for another 5 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and add the potato and rutabaga form the oven and fold it all in together.
- Portion out for the week.
- In the morning, heat up your pan and throw the hash in, add one to two eggs (or 1/2 to 1 cup egg whites) and cook until the eggs are done. Plate it or take it with you. Gobble up that goodness and go lift some heavy weights!
- Calories: 565
- Protein: 47g
- Carbs: 46g
- Fat: 22g