As a group fitness instructor, I have a habit of eating while driving, between classes, between clients, etc. I know it’s not the safest habit in the world, but eating on-the-go is my only option to fuel quickly and effectively for my lifestyle. A typical day I can teach up to 5 group exercise classes per day, and I know that I am not the only fitness instructor in this predicament
Because of this lifestyle, I have become reliant on quick, easy-to-make food that is nutrient dense. I also follow a plant-based and gluten-free diet. Here is a sample menu in the life of a busy Train Dirty Fitness instructor!
Meal 1 – Breakfast
- 1/2 cup pre-cooked quinoa
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 TBSP slivered almonds
- 1 chopped apple
Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add quinoa and enough water to help the quinoa warm up. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and vanilla. Remove from heat and stir in the apple and almonds.
After breakfast, I am off to my first class of the day, which uses the Lebert EQs. I throw them into the back of my car and go! By the way, I can fit 10 in my trunk and 6 in my back seat, as you can see here – if you haven’t tried a workout with this go-anywhere gym equipment, you’ve got to give it a try!
Meal 2 – Snack : No Bake Energy Bites
- 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup ground flax seeds
- 1/3 cup honey
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 scoop vanilla About Time VE Vanilla
- A small sprinkle of raisins
Mix all of the ingredients together. Cover and leave in fridge for 30 minutes. Roll into 1 inch balls and this should make 20-25 balls. You can leave in air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Meal 3 – Lunch : Black Bean Salsa & Rice
- 1 can of black beans
- 1/2 cup of corn
- 1 chopped red pepper
- 1 chopped green pepper
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/2 chopped red onion
- 1 chopped mango
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup precooked rice
- 1 TBSP paprika
- 1 TBSP cayenne pepper
Mix all ingredients, except rice, in a large mixing bowl and let sit in fridge for an hour before serving over a bed of rice
Meal 5 – Dinner: Salad
- Red Bell Peppers
When I first started teaching group fitness, I did not eat properly. I was surviving on fast food and coffee. I have learned that the more produce you can eat, the happier your body will be. And the happier you will be teaching a high volume of classes. So, don’t skimp on your food on those busy days! We often forget; being busy trainers, that we are suppose to practice what we preach and set the example for those learning from us.
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Have any questions? Email me personally at Jessica@TrainDirtyFitness.com