It’s never too late to start working on [your diet]. It starts off with something simple like kicking soda or cutting back on the Oreos. You just start to feel better a little at a time and go from there!
– Enzo Cautela
cheap, fast, bangin' skate food.
When you're out skating all day it's hard to eat good. If you're out in the streets it's normal to be in an area you don't know too well, or if you're at a park, well you usually don't want to leave for too long to look for food. Ultimately you're forced to eat shitty food that saps your energy and probably damages your body more than the session, leaving you with more to recover from. I know how it is, I've been there for like 90% of my time skating. My all time favourite mid-sesh lunch when I was younger was either a packet of Custard Cream biscuits, or if I was lucky and my dad dropped enough money out his pocket when he sat on the sofa, I'd splash out on a packet of Hobnobs.
When you're younger you can get away with eating bad, but as you start to ripen, you're going to feel the impact of bad nutrition. But! The Daily Push has a solution! For almost every session I'll take a little homemade meal with me, and in this section I'll be showing you some cheap, fast, bangin' recipes that you can cook up quick whilst you're getting ready for your session, so you don't have to sacrifice good nutrition when you're out skating. I know a lot of people think cooking takes time but it's not always the case; I'm the master of fast cooking and all the meals I'll show you here you'll be able to blast out in 15 minutes. I'm also one of the biggest stinges on the planet so you can rest assured that these meals will be affordable and made with simple ingredients.
the sweet potato tofu schmibbler.
So the first meal in the series in my opinion is pretty damn tasty. As far as I can remember this meal is referred to internationally as "the sweet potato tofu schmibbler ", so we're going to go with that. It's a solid addition to your energy needs when you're skating all day, or a good option to start the recovery process at the end of your session. It's got a decent blend of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, it's full of nutrient dense food, along with some inflammation fighting foods to help you with that inflammation you've no doubt stocked up on during the session.
You're going to need the following ingredients:
- 1 medium to large sweet potato
- ½ a medium onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- extra virgin olive oil
- 100-200g of tofu
- a nugget of ginger
- ½ a small red pepper
- handful of spinach
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric
- salt & pepper
how to prepare the platter.
1. boil the sweet potato
Boil some water in the kettle if you've got one as it's faster than boiling it in a pot. If you don't have a kettle, stop worrying - you're wasting time, just boil it in a pot.
Cut up the sweet potato into 1cm sized cubes, the smaller they are, the faster they cook.
Put the potato and the boiled water in the pot and put the lid on.
2. fry the onions, garlic, & ginger
Heat up a frying pan to a medium heat whilst cutting your onions into thin slices.
Get some extra virgin olive oil in your pan and throw the garlic in.
Chop up your garlic into super small pieces and add it in the pan.
Put whatever herbs you want in there, I went for a bit of purple ha.. oregano.
Cut up the ginger into tiny pieces - the specific sizing unit for the ginger is a schmibbler.
3. add the tofu or chicken
Cut up your tofu or chicken into small pieces and add them into the pan.
Fry everything until the onions and garlic are golden brown, until the tofu is slightly browning, or the chicken is cooked all the way through.
4. prepare the raw veggies
Cut up the spinach and red pepper into small pieces. If you don't like greens, well tough shit because you have to eat them, but cutting the spinach up into small pieces and mixing it in good will make it barely noticeable.
5. finish things off
Check the potato is done by giving it a little poke with a knife, when they're done the knife should go through easy. If they're done, drain the water and add them to the pan.
Mix in the spinach and red pepper.
Add half a teaspoon of turmeric, and add the amount of salt and pepper that you'd like. Mix it all up and you're done!