RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Pre-Workout Snack Edition

"I just want to look healthy enough to be mistaken for someone about to break into the porn industry." - Tynan
Publish date:
June 16, 2015
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Hey party people, and welcome back to another edition of everyone's favorite recipe column: Recipe of the Week. Last week's thread was chock-full of some of the most delicious and creative deviled egg recipes I've ever had the pleasure of reading, and I plan to make and devour them all.

The winning recipe was mash-up to two of my most favorite things: deviled eggs (duh, that was the assignment) and guacamole.

Ever tried guacamole deviled eggs? So yummy if you're an avocado fan!

Ingredients: 6 hard boiled eggs, 2 ripe avocados, 1 Tbsp lime (orlemon) juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 Tbsp sour cream (can skip if you need dairy-free), 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro (plus a several leaves for garnish), 1 serrano or 1/2 jalapeno chile pepper, minced (include the seeds for more heat, leave them out for less), 1 Tbsp chopped chives or green onion

Carefully peel the hard boiled eggs and cut them in half lengthwise. Place them on a serving platter. Scoop out the cooked yolks and set aside. Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit. Scoop out the avocado flesh and place in a bowl. Roughly mash with a fork. Use your fingers to break up one or two of the cooked egg yolks (2 to 4 halves) over the mashed avocado. Sprinkle with lime juice and salt, and stir in the sour cream. Stir in the chopped cilantro, serrano or jalapeño chile pepper, and chives.

Eat the entire platter and do not feel the least bit bad about it

I dare say they turned out well.

To me, this particular iteration of the beloved classic screams "summer." They're still deliciously creamy -- as all deviled eggs should be -- but the cilantro, lime, and serrano peppers freshen the whole thing up, allowing you to eat a ton without that heavy feeling in your stomach.

Plus, they're super pretty.

Stupendous job, Dog_is_Good! Your trophy is "Summertime," as sung by Janis Joplin, because these eggs should make an appearance at every barbecue and picnic you attend this summer.

Moving right along.

For this week's topic, we're taking a request from our dearest mutual friend, the one and only Tynan Sinks.

Tynan has his exercise routine on lock, but his pre-workout snack game could use a bit of improvement:

I've been trying to take better care of myself lately, etc. Since I've been doing yoga and pilates (and have become that guy who will not stop talking about doing yoga and pilates) I like to fuel myself up with natural protein before I go to class, so I'll actually get something out of the session, rather than shaking through it or passing out. One time Lindsay Lohan passed out in a spin class and that's why I categorically refuse to take a spin class.

Anyway, every day before class, I've been putting chocolate soy milk, a banana, and peanut butter in a blender and making a lil smoothie situation, which has been working out great in terms of keeping me going without making me too full. BUT, it's getting a little old. What else can I ingest, preferably in blended form, that would do the same job, but that will add a little more variety to my smoothie routine. I'd like to avoid protein powders, obvi. I just want to look healthy enough to be mistaken for someone about to break into the porn industry.

I could also use your collective advice on this topic. As I progress in my half-marathon training, I am learning lessons like "running nine miles on an empty stomach is poor planning" and "Egg McMuffins are a bad idea too." So I know what I shouldn't eat before a long run, but not much else.

So please please please be a bunch of dears and help us out by sharing your delicious and nutritious pre-workout snacks. They don't have to be smoothies, but if you happen to have a killer recipe for one, please share. (Also, Tynan did not mention this, but he is lactose intolerant and any dairy-free options are greatly appreciated.)

Also, also: If you have an idea for a Recipe of the Week topic, feel free to email me with at clairelizzie[at]gmail[dot]com! I know you have good ideas!