Appetizers, Nutrition, Snacks

bacon infused sweet potatoes

June 20, 2010

A couple weeks ago, I decided what the heck…why not?  So, without really giving my notion too much thought, I clicked on the link to the Element CrossFit Ontario Challenge and registered as a competitor.  “Join CrossFitters from across Ontario for a great day of competition and community. This will be an all day event for individual CrossFitters featuring both Rx’d and Scaled divisions.” As I mentioned in my previous post, entering a CF competition of sorts has always been a goal of mine, well not always, but since becoming more serious about CF.  Did I realize this would be happening so soon?  No way!  I think it’s good though…sometimes the longer to wait, the more your reservations or fears will get the better of you.

Since clicking that little “submit” button to join this challenge, I have definitely wavered back and forth.  Am I nervous?  Hell ya!  Have I thought about pulling out?  Ummm…ya!  Would I ever really do that?  Not a chance, I am too stubborn, well actually I prefer to use the word determined!  With that said, after the initial shock of “what the heck have I gotten myself into” feeling, much of this nervousness has passed (for now), and I am super excited and stoked about just doing my personal best.  With t-minus one week- not even…I look forward to this new experience more than ever.  The WODS (workouts of the day- 4 in total), get posted tomorrow =)  From there, I will decide if I will enter the rx’d or scaled category.  I have a feeling it will be weight heavy forsure! (Boo to no double unders being on the list of possible movements! lol)  Either way, I am sure that after it is all said and done, I am going to be so grateful that I jumped onto this opportunity feet first.  As much as I hate people watching me workout (I will get over this quickly I am sure), I am leaving you will an invite…come spectate and cheer everyone on next Saturday!  Oh, and it’s free!  It will be a day filled with good vibes and great folks. 3…2…1…go!

Lastly, I will end off this post with a recipe that seriously made me lick the bowl clean…not even kidding!  It is so delicious!!!  I made a huge batch, and to be honest the sweet potatoes were even tastier the next day after all the flavours had a chance to meld together…oh so good!  This recipe is great and serves well as a post-wod snack…depending on your type of wod etc…

Post Workout Nutrition: High or Low Carb? By Robb Wolf | July 1, 2009

My previous post seems to have stirred some interest and a fair amount of confusion. Should one use carbs post workout or not? If so how much, and when? Like a great number of situations, how we manage our post workout (PWO) nutrition depends on where we are and where we want to go. To read on click here…

bacon infused sweet potatoes
Recipe Type: side
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Yield: many
  • 8 regular sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 pound of bacon- nitrate free if possible
  • 1 small white onion- thinly sliced
  • dash of cinnamon
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste (optional)
  1. begin by peeling the sweet potatoes and washing them thoroughly
  2. dice them up into small chunks (this helps speed up the cooking process)
  3. get a large pot, fill it ¾ of the way full with water and bring to a boil
  4. cook sweet potatoes on high for 10-15 minutes, until softened
  5. in the meantime or before, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy and set aside
  6. mid-way through cooking the bacon, add in the diced onion and cook simultaneously until caramelized
  7. then mash the sweet potatoes until you achieve a desired consistency (you can also use a hand blender)
  8. crumble the bacon and then add in the bacon/onion mixture
  9. combine by stirring together completely
  10. enjoy!

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