I've been on the road most of the last few months, soaking up inspiration from great teachers and training instructors around the world. At the same time, I'm ramping up my own training for Ironman Argentina this fall--a dangerous recipe. After trying a ton of portable options, here are the superfoods I use to stay healthy, energized, and resilient to the stresses of travel. I reached out to some of these favorite companies for discount codes to pass along to you.
Tianchi: I've been starting my day with this adaptogenic herb complex, aimed at restoring the body's whole energy system — mental, emotional, physical, and intellectual. Densely concentrated extracts of high quality, organic herbs including Ashwagandha, Lycium (Goji), Reishi mushroom, Schizandra, Rhodiola, Ecklonia Cava, Eleuthero, and many other ancient energizing herbs in an extraordinary blend that tastes amazingly refreshing. I feel the difference in focus and energy during my meditation and workouts. Use code JOYMETRIC for 10% off.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee & powders: I'm drinking a lot of mushrooms. This sounds weird, I know. I'm learning a lot about their healing, energizing properties (ancient news!), and I love what the company Four Sigmatic is doing to make these reliable, time-tested superfoods available and accessible, as well as how they are educating people about them. The Mushroom Coffee is great as a coffee stand-in or stirred into your morning brew. Cordycepts are at the center of more and more research on muscle recovery, Lion's Mane and Chaga are long-term energizers, and Reishi is a calming elixir for restorative sleep. Code JOYMETRIC for 10% off.
Health Warrior Chia Bars: perfect size for a pre-workout snack. Chia seeds are protein-packed energizers that help your body stay hydrated. My fave flavors: Dark Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut, Vanilla Almond.
Organifi: My favorite green powder. I have tried them all, and this one tastes great thanks to mint, and is the most nutrient-dense. Includes de-toxifing green algae chlorella, spirulina, inflammation-fighting turmeric and ashwagandha (all tough to get outside of supplement form), and antioxidant-rich, energizing matcha and wheatgrass. Code HEARTWARD15 for 15% off.
Nature Bite bars. I eat whole foods whenever possible. But especially when traveling or during a long training workout, a well-designed all-natural bar is essential dependable energy. Thank you Ben Greenfield for all the research and development you put into the newly-launched Nature Bite bars. They are revolutionary. New go-to bar full of everything I would have dreamed up.
Bearded Brothers: When I want a low protein fruit-nutty healthy treat. I also swap out with Nature-Bite bars on training rides.
Energy Bits. Spirulina and Chloralella algae are anciently cultivated forms of algae with powerful detoxifying, alkalinizing, and anti-inflammatory properties in the body. I have been researching algae for awhile and find EnergyBits to be the most cleanly and transparently sourced, and efficiently portable forms of it available. I include Spirulina Energybits in my morning smoothie for energy and have chlorella Recoverybits in the evening for detox during sleep. Enter code JOYMETRIC for 20% off.
Sprouted nuts! I hit the bulk bins at Whole Foods for sprouted walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and dry roasted almonds.
Whatever local funky produce I can't get in NYC (or you can't get wherever you live)--in Moscow, these ridiculously delicious tiny wild strawberries! Eat the world!