Nutrition and Cooking: What do you do?

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    May 07, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    Since Eating is such a big part of fitness i thought it would be cool if we talked about what we do to eat right. In this regard im a bit extreme. Heres what i do

    - No transfat ever
    - sprouted lentils (shitloads of protein i swear)
    - I don't eat alot of meat compared alot of people. Americans really eat way too much meat.

    But yeah im a college student so i make ramen. But i like to put egg in it and cook it. Egg ramen is the best thing i cook.

    Anyone got any recipes?
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    May 07, 2008 2:23 AM GMT
    Ramen! You sir, are a great man!

    - Sans trans fat
    - Carnation Instant Breakfast ftw!
    - Steal bacon when noone is looking
  • roadbike

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    May 07, 2008 2:55 AM GMT
    Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies, and I've loved doing it since my early 20s. I make just about everything that I eat - all vegetarian. I avoid refined carbs, and don't use sugar in any form, no white flour, no white rice, no white pasta, no potato. Beans and lentils take the place of meat/poultry/fish. You can opt for whole wheat pasta and lasagna as well as brown Basmati rice. Much better for us than the white stuff. Mexican and Italian are my 2 favorite ethnic foods to make, yet my every day Romaine and mixed greens salad w/ home made garlic vinegarette and home made vegetable bean soup are hard to beat. Fresh veggies and fruits should be a large part of ones diet. My snack after dinner is raw walnuts and red grapes. It's all very healthy, easy on the budget, but it takes some time and effort to make it happen.

    My plan is to live to be 100. So far, it's working!
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    May 07, 2008 3:01 AM GMT
    mix those lentils brown rice to make a complete protein. I throw them in my rice cooker in the morning and come home to them. In a food processor I mix a bit of non-fat yogurt, a clove of garlic, some coriander, cumin, and a chili. It makes a delicious sauce for the lentils.
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    May 07, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
    roadbike said and don't use sugar in any form, no white flour, no white rice, no white pasta, no potato.

    ::hiss::

    No sugar? You poor bastard! I used to grab a spoon and hit the bag! It's the only way to fly, man! icon_eek.gif

    Wait wait wait.. no sugar.. and no white flour! Nonbleached flour has too much gluten to form a proper and good cake... that means.. /gasp You don't eat no cake!?

    No potatoes... no french fries.. that's just WRONG!

  • Csrobbie2000

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    May 07, 2008 3:11 AM GMT
    I love cooking. I usually buy chicken tender breasts, marinade them with Wishbone Italian, add a bit of salt and pepper and grill them. Then make a chicken salad with red onions, cucumbers, apples, tomatos, shiitake mushroom, or make chicken sandwiches (prefer Ezekiel 4:9 bread). I also make my own salad dressing with a lot of cilantro, orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, ginger, honey, roasted garlic, Dijon mustard, just a bit of honey and sesame oil. It tastes much better than the dressing selling at the supermarket. Sometimes, I make hundreds of dumplings at a time and freeze them. Same thing, chicken breasts, water chestnuts, green onion, ginger, shiitake mushroom, a bit of sesame oil and oyster sauce, salt and pepper (only about 38 calories for 1 dumpling, and I can't even eat 8 of them at a time). I steam them or make dumpling soup with chicken broth. Great for a cold day.
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    May 07, 2008 3:19 AM GMT
    carthesis saidSince Eating is such a big part of fitness i thought it would be cool if we talked about what we do to eat right. In this regard im a bit extreme. Heres what i do

    - No transfat ever
    - sprouted lentils (shitloads of protein i swear)
    - I don't eat alot of meat compared alot of people. Americans really eat way too much meat.

    But yeah im a college student so i make ramen. But i like to put egg in it and cook it. Egg ramen is the best thing i cook.

    Anyone got any recipes?


    I eat out a lot, so...

    I frequently order a salad and several appetizers (and since portions are always ridiculous, I generally just 'sample' them).

    When at home I have found little 'substitutes' that I can live with. they're not perfect, they don't replace the high fat versions, but I can live happily with them and not miss the 'real thing'.

    Examples:

    Olivio instead of Butter or margarine.

    Olive oil Pam instead of butter for most cooking.

    When I make pasta it is with lean meat and lots of vegetables - so that the pasta is not the predominant ingredient, but a minor one.

    1% milk

    Fruit flavored waters instead of most other drinks.

    Splenda instead of Sugar.

    Steamed Shrimp and Veg at the Chinese take away instead of Gen Tso's Chicken.

    Baked Apples instead of Apple Pie...

    etc... IMHO, A lot of it is making 'little compromises' that you can live with.

    R
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    May 07, 2008 3:24 AM GMT
    carthesis said
    - sprouted lentils (shitloads of protein i swear)


    Could you say how/what you do with the sprouted lentils?
  • docmarvy

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    May 07, 2008 3:44 AM GMT
    Well, since we're both trying to pack on muscle and eat healthy I do a lot of cooking at home. Protein-heavy dishes with a good balance of fiber and enough complex (raw food) carbohydrates as possible.

    So here are some tasty regulars:
    Turkey burgers on Whole Wheat Buns with Side Salad
    97% lean Ground Beef stuffed Peppers (Beef Bombs)
    Regular lunch includes shaved lean turkey breast and a little cheese on an organic flax wrap with an apple.

    There are a ton of recipes out there if you look hard enough.
    This week I'm only doing dishes out of the Men's Health book "Muscle Chow", another week I'll only do recipes (slightly augmented) from bodybuilding.com.

    Also, it's fun to experiment with some of your favorite recipes by dissecting them. Find ways to remove the excess carbs, refined sugars and processed foods and replace fatty proteins with leaner proteins. You'd be surprised what you can make muscle-building-friendly.
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    May 07, 2008 3:45 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidmix those lentils brown rice to make a complete protein. I throw them in my rice cooker in the morning and come home to them. In a food processor I mix a bit of non-fat yogurt, a clove of garlic, some coriander, cumin, and a chili. It makes a delicious sauce for the lentils.




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  • xKorix

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    May 07, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    I eat a lot of fat; mono and saturated.

    Mostly avoid simple sugars/carbs, starchy stuff; I usually feel heavy and tired after pasta.

    I like Dairy, Eggs, Meats, Fruits, Olive oil, some veggies. I don't bother with reduced fat yogurt/cheese, the added sugar and decreased taste turns me off. I'll definitely start cooking with and adding coconut oil into my diet.

    I loove Organic, less ingredients the better.
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    May 08, 2008 2:39 AM GMT
    actually normally i eat sprouted lentils straight. but ill put them in things from time to time.

    Theres lots of asian foodstores on the UIUC campus so i tend to eat kimchee as well. Thanks for the suggestions