Rock climbing is a strenuous, yet rewarding exercise that requires a diet plan. While proteins are an obvious essential, heavy protein meals and building too much mass can be counterproductive when you are trying to climb. Therefore, lean protein meals help better your overall fitness and well being, without punishing the body. Here are a few recipes that we found that are not only rich in protein, but also easy to prepare.
We kick off this list with a chicken recipe. This one is coming at you as a favorite from the UK. Chicken Tikka Masala is a classic recipe from India, that is an easy to make meal with simple ingredients. Yogurt marinated chicken with a curry sauce, served with a side of hot basmati rice will leave you feeling enriched and satisfied.
Let us introduce you to a Gulf coast favorite, Grilled Pompano with Lime and Olive Oil. This dish is packed with protein and offers tons of flavor, with easy execution any day of the week. Dash a little lime, and simmer it in olive oil and you have one of the best salt-water fish courses that the Gulf of Mexico has to offer, perfect to set you up for a session at the Finest Climbing Gym on the Emerald Coast. Yum!
Pork is also a fantastic choice for a lean protein meal. Affordable and easy to cook, along with some peppers and beans will be more than enough to fuel you with the protein you need to send your next route. The sky is the limit when it comes to pork but cooking basic cutlets and cutting up peppers will not only save you a lot of time, but will give you a much-needed boost. Throw in some beans for additional protein, add some parsley with red wine vinegar, and you’re good to go.
Is an early morning climb your jam? Consider making yourself a quick and easy omelet. Omelets are great in any athlete’s diet since they are rich in protein and highly versatile with what you can throw in. Here we have a recipe for a bacon and mushroom omelet. We suggest adding tomatoes and onions for extra flavor. The perfect follow-up is a cup of Nitro Cold Brew when you get to Rock Out!
Vegetarian climbers unite! We have a chickpea spinach salad that is sure to send you vertical. Salads are easy and quick, and light on your stomach. Throw in chickpea beans, black beans or pinto beans and you have plenty of protein to fuel your climb. You can always customize a salad to your liking adding any other ingredients you prefer.
There of tons of recipes out there with lean protein options. Just remember, that in order to improve your climbing and overall fitness, you need to pay attention to what you eat. Take a few extra minutes each day to make healthy decisions for your diet, and you’ll see your health and progress improve.