We connected with Maria Moda to see how she fuels up during a full day of eating.
AM Pick-Me-Up: Hot Water and Lemon
The very first thing I do upon waking up, before I eat anything or drink my coffee, is make some hot water with lemon. This helps kick start my digestion, hydrates the body, and supports my liver.
- 2 slices Ezekiel Bread
- 2 Fried Eggs
- 1 tbsp veggie Ketchup
I used to eat oatmeal before I trained, and I noticed that I just felt full and heavy. I had a hard time training because I felt like all I was doing was digesting. I wanted to try and find something that was a little easier on my stomach and didn’t make me feel so full. I love Ezekiel bread, it’s flourless, has legumes, sprouted grains, and no preservatives, so I keep it in the freezer to stop if from molding. I add pink salt to this meal, I try to add a little to each one of my meals to stay hydrated. And I add this no-sugar ketchup to my egg sandwich.
- ½ cup Rolled Oats
- 1 scoop of XTEND Pro
- Salt, Stevia, Cinnamon
My favorite post-workout meal is protein oatmeal. I like to use rolled oats because they’re less processed and have higher fiber content. I blend the oats so it’s a fine consistency and put them in a pot. I add a 1/8 tsp of pink salt, powdered stevia, and cinnamon. I stir every minute so that it stays even, doesn’t stick, and has a nice consistency. I also have COR-Performance Glutamine with my post-workout meal to help with recovery. This has been a crucial supplement for me while I’ve been trying to build my lower body. I add one scoop to my water and sip on it while I eat my oatmeal. I let the oatmeal cool for about 2-3 minutes before I add the protein, so it doesn’t get cooked. I like using XTEND Pro because it has branched chain amino acids in it and it tastes delicious.
- 4 oz Basa Fish
- Zucchini Pasta
- Spicy Marinara
I’m going to make a quick marinara sauce and put it on top of my pasta. You don’t need to eat clean, boring, bland food. You can have spices like marinara sauce. I splice garlic and onions, and let it cook until the onions are translucent. I add sea salt and crushed red pepper because I like my sauce to be a little spicy. I like to use whole peeled tomatoes because it makes the sauce a little chunky and it gives the sauce a little more substance when I’m eating something bland like fish. In order to make zucchini pasta, you need to peel off the skin and then spiralize it. I cook the zucchini first because it takes me longer to sauté, then the fish, and then the sauce.
- ½ Bartlett Pear
- ½ Fuji Apple
- ½ Yellow Apple
I stopped eating chicken and meat about 3 years ago and it was really hard to figure out what to have in place of those proteins in my meal. Although this isn’t protein, it’s been a great meal replacement for me. Apples and pears are low glycemic, they have a lot of fiber. I mix pears and apples, it’s a very enjoyable meal for me.
Last High Protein Meal of the Day
- 1 scoop XTEND Pro
- Peanut Butter
- Egg Whites
- Almond Milk
If you’re someone like me who loves desserts and sweets, this is going to be your new favorite meal to the end the night. I have this literally every night. It’s a protein pancake. I use the XTEND Pro, some baking powder, almond milk, and egg whites. I’ve been making this for so long I don’t weigh the egg whites anymore. I mix the batter to a nice consistency and let it cook for about a minute. I have fat left in my diet today, so I spread some peanut butter on one half of the pancake. I have this as the last meal of the day and watch tv, it’s all about enjoyment for me, I look forward to it every night.
Maria’s Full Day of Eating Stack
COR-Performance Glutamine: Glutamine, the most common amino acid found in muscle tissue, is a conditionally essential amino acid. Consumption of Glutamine after heavy exercise supports replenishment of glutamine concentration. Glutamine is naturally found in foods like meat and eggs; however, supplementation may support maximizing performance.
XTEND Pro: Featuring 25g of Whey Isolate and 7g total BCAAs per serving, XTEND Pro takes muscle repair and recovery to the next level. With delicious gluten-free flavors, and two third-party certifications, it's no wonder that XTEND Pro is the protein choice of champions!