Mashed Parsnips: A Lower-Carb Alternative to Potatoes

A lot of people try to demonize carbohydrates. Those people would be wrong…W-R-O-N-G. Carbs are a very, very necessary source of energy for athletes. However, the over-indulgence of carbohydrates is a big problem for athletes and non-athletes alike. You need carbs…you just don’t need a lot of them. I’ve been working with a nutritionist for […]

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

I’m always searching for fast, easy and hearty side dishes. For dinners, I make a lot of steak, chicken or pork, and usually a roasted veggie. This quinoa dish is low in carbohydrates but keeps me full. Quinoa, by nature, cooks quickly…just as fast as rice, but is infinitely lower in carbs. This is my […]

Cheesy Jalapeno Cauliflower Mash

Yep, we did it. We jumped on the mashed cauliflower bandwagon. And honestly, I’m not sure why we waited this long. In a recent effort to refine my carb intake, I’ve been experimenting with substitutes. And I’ll admit, the idea of cauliflower mash was intriguing. I’d heard people promise that it was pretty close to […]

Bacon + Brussels Sprouts = Delicious.

I’ve been making a concerted effort lately to eat more veggies. I’ve been adding spinach to my daily breakfast of scrambled eggs, cooking up frozen broccoli or green beans at lunch, and trying to have one or two vegetables on my plate at dinner. Every now and again, my wife and I like to get […]

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

I try to eat potatoes, sweet potatoes, or rice at lunch and dinner. I find it helps my recovery and gives me more energy than sticking to mostly protein/fat and simple carbs like veggies. It’s easiest for me to make a big batch of potato salad or mashed potatoes on Sunday, and have this ready […]

Spicy Corn Salsa

With summer fast-approaching, the Strength Agenda kitchen tends to shift towards fresh, easy meals with lots of produce. Buying in-season tends to be cheaper, and the flavor of all your veggies superior to the winter varieties. It’s still a little early for fresh tomatoes, so we tend to make a few bowls of this corn […]

Gluten-Free Stuffing with Sausage

Guys, I LOVE stuffing. It’s one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. I grew up with boxed stuffing, and never realized how good homemade stuffing was until last year. This year, I begged my wife to make it again. She did not disappoint. Not only is it tasty, but it’s definitely better for you than […]

Traditional Mashed Potatoes

I like to eat sweet potatoes for a few reasons: they’re tasty, nutrient-dense, and offer the carbs I need to feel energized at training. But I also love regular old mashed potatoes, packed with butter and cream. In weightlifting, it is important to eat a lot of calories so your body has what it needs […]

Roasted Garlic Asparagus

Asparagus is loaded with nutrients across the whole spectrum of the alphabet: Vitamin A, C, E and K, as well as fiber, folate and chromium. All of these are essential in your diet to aid in recovery. My favorite way to prepare asparagus is by roasting them quickly in a high-heat oven. I make broccoli, […]

Beef and bacon baked beans

Loaded Baked Beans

Baked beans are a staple at most barbecues, and one of my favorites. But even with tons of beans, I knew I could up the ante by loading it with bacon, ground beef, and a few other flavors. This recipe is really simple, and once you cook the beef, bacon, pepper and onion, you could […]