The “Adult” PB&J

Sugar and fat smeared between two slices of bread: Whoever invented the PB&J was a genius. They’re also to thank for my current go-to climbing snack. Here’s how I’ve upgraded a childhood classic into a not-so-unhealthy, cheap, delicious, “adult” cragging snack: THE ADULT PB&J INGREDIENTS: Peanut Butter – The kind with just peanuts and optional salt,…

(Climbing) Nutrition Simplified

Much of the information about nutrition that we ingest online is confusing and conflicting. Every article and podcast seems to encourage us to eat in a new way. Should we try out the ketogenic diet? What about going back to our roots and eating paleo? Or ditch animal products altogether to become vegan? Or maybe…

The Real Breakfast of Champions: Peanut Butter Power Oatmeal

Step aside Wheaties: A new, improved, 21st-century breakfast of champions is here. This fiber- and protein-packed, peanut butter and banana “flavored” oatmeal (made with real peanuts and bananas!) will keep you full for hours of cragging, a.m. training, or snack-free desk sitting. Ready in 7 minutes or less with zero chopping, egg cracking, or flapjack flipping,…

The PB&J Recovery Smoothie (Aka: Childhood in a Glass)

Tired of that same old sandy blender-bottle shake? Can’t stand to chug another kiddo carton of post-workout chocolate milk? Or are you still one of those “I can’t eat anything after a hard workout even though science says I should” people? Whether or not you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions,…

Easy Maple Cinnamon Tendon-Strengthening Granola

Here is another recipe for my foodie, health-nut climbing buds. This maple cinnamon granola, inspired by and adapted from Steph Davis’s “Homemade Granola,” takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, packs lots of healthy omega-3 fatty acids and fiber-rich whole grains (think: keeps you full for hours), and tastes amazing plain, with soy or cow’s milk, cooked as…

Homemade Spreadable Trail Mix: A Photographic How To

Trail mix and nut butters have long been outdoor enthusiasts’ staple foods. They’re packable, dense, nutritious fuel. Unfortunately, after several jars of creamy PB and a pound of almonds and dried fruit, you start to hate your go-to snacks. Here is an easy homemade twist on traditional trail mix to make you love “good ol’ raisins and peanuts” again…

Way Too Easy Maple Coconut Climbing Scones

It’s certainly convenient to snag a few coffee shop (or gas station…) baked goods on the way to the crag and/or boulder field for a delicious mid-day energy boost. But for those looking to save money and enjoy a just-as-tasty but healthier option, baking these simple homemade scones is the way to go. Not only are they incredibly quick and…

Pre-Climbing Power French Toast

Looking to mix up your pre-cragging breakfast routine? Find yourself hungry halfway through your warm-up? Just want something healthy but tasty and simple to make for your next meal? Pre-Climbing Power French Toast has you covered. INGREDIENTS: 1 egg 2 (or 3 if you’re super hungry) slices Ezekiel bread 1 tablespoon whole milk 1 dash…

Climbers, Love Your (Healthy) Fats

Fat used to make me nervous. I wasn’t worried about being fat, but of eating too much fat. Four years of intense high school cross country and talk of low fat, high carb diets (carbo-loading) combined with growing up during the low fat diet craze, and the amount of lipids in peanut butter made me…

Protein Supplement Review: Greek Yogurt

I’m sure you’ve heard of this dairy craze that has made its way into everything from salad dressings to cream cheese spreads. Basically it’s just regular yogurt that’s been strained, resulting in a thickened consistency and increased protein content. One cup made with skim milk and live and active cultures (a pretty simple ingredient list)…

The Post-Workout PB & Banana Recovery Smoothie and Variations

This post-workout carb and protein combination, in a 4:1 ratio, is the fitness and nutrition communities’ recommendation for promoting ultimate recovery from any and all types of physical activity deemed a “workout.” It turns out that chocolate milk is a cheap, tasty way satisfy this 4:1 balance, and thus it has been promoted enough that…

Wrapping up Thanksgiving: How to Bring Your Leftovers to the Crag

If you’re like me, your mom decided, once again, to make enough stuffing “to have leftovers” and sent two pounds home with you, along with half the turkey, green bean casserole, and half a can of cranberry sauce. It’s hard enough to get motivated for your fifth night of Thanksgiving turkey, but how can you…