Daily Routines – How USAC Athletes use Gnarly Products

What does a saucepan, five pairs of shoes, a good luck note and a kendama all have in common? They’re all items you can find in the gym bags of climbers on Team USA, of course. The shoe variety makes a ton of sense. Different climbing disciplines or routes call for different shoes. We could […]

Endurance Athletes: Missing training days due to soreness? You may need more protein

Benefits of protein for the endurance athlete What’s the buzz about protein? First of all, we are made of it, literally. Everything from our muscles, bones, neurotransmitters, and hormones, to tiny microscopic cellular machines, are made up of protein. Protein benefits: Helps with muscle repair  Helps with muscle building Helps maintain fluid balance Makes up […]

Cookie-ish Nuggets

Cookies will always have a place in my life but more often than not I’m looking for something that is more cookie-ish.  Something that satisfies my sweet tooth, but is also a good source of nutrition.  Well, these little nuggets fit the bill.  The recipe is based on this recipe, but I’ve tweaked it a […]

Recovery Nutrition and Breaking through Your Performance Plateau

Recovery is arguably the most overlooked aspect of any training program, and yet it is often the key to building functional strength, preventing injuries and breaking through performance plateaus. The quality of an athlete’s recovery or speed at which muscles recover from intense training can have a direct impact on an athlete’s ability to perform […]

Golden Milk Protein Shake

My inspiration for this smoothie came from a recipe for Golden Milk, an Ayurvedic staple that has been part of Indian culture and medicine for thousands of years.  Incorporating cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and cardamom, this recipe is full of ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.  Plus – adding a little Gnarly protein […]

A Guide to Recovery Nutrition

Recovery is arguably the most overlooked aspect of a training program, and yet it is often the key to building functional strength and breaking through performance plateaus. The quality of an athlete’s recovery or speed at which muscles recover from intense training can have a direct impact on an athlete’s ability to perform at subsequent […]

Gnarly Vegan Chia Pudding

This amazing recipe is from Gnarly Athlete and slackliner extraordinaire Heather Larsen!!  Heather started slacklining in 2011 and has been all over the world exploring new highlines in places like Tasmania, Bosnia and Jerusalem.  In addition to slacklining and highlining, Heather is also a fairly accomplished yogi and climber.  In her spare time, Heather whips up […]

Gnarly Vegan Protein Pancakes

We love this recipe as it includes a good source of complex carbohydrates as well as a whopping 20g of protein per serving, making it a great recovery breakfast following a long day in the hills or a hard gym session.   Ingredients (makes 2 x 6-8″ pancakes) 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup nut […]

How much protein should you eat per day?

What do you think is the right answer? Chances are you’re imagining something like “1.2 to 1.6 grams per kilogram” or “1 gram per pound” right now. These are the classic figures used by sports nutritionists the world round, and it’s the way most athletes have been trained to think about protein.   There’s a […]

Gnarly Whey Macaroons

Because I make so much homemade pasta, I always have an abundance of egg whites. One great way to use them instead of dumping them down the sink is to make Macaroons. Turns out, they are great anytime of day, easy to share, have a relatively long, low maintenance shelf life, and travel well. I’ve […]

Gnarly Butter Berry Smoothie

This is a calorie and nutrient dense morning smoothie to fuel you from morning until mid-day.  High in protein, carbs, and fats, this smoothie provides a great way to curb hunger and provide both fast and slow burning energy sources to fuel the first half of your day. The ingredients can always be played with […]

Does Protein Make You Bulky?

Protein has a reputation in the fitness world. When a person begins training, the first dietary change they make is to increase protein. When the diet logs of the bulkiest men in the world are published, it’s not uncommon to see protein intakes of 400 or more grams per day. Our muscles are literally made […]

Gnarly Energy Bites

This is my go to snack for pre-workout fuel.  They’re quick to make, hard to mess up, fairly nutrient dense and generally delicious (2 year old approved).  I’ve done a hundred variations, but have shared the basic recipe here.  The recipe below is gluten and dairy free (if your oats are certified gluten free), but […]

Recovery Nutrition and Breaking Through Your Performance Plateau

Have you ever pulled on to your warm-up and immediately felt soreness in your forearms from the previous day’s hard session.  How much effort did you put into recovery?     How much effort do you consistently put into recovery?   Recovery is arguably the most overlooked aspect of a training program, and yet it […]

Meditate To Go Fast

One of my favorite local trails finally emerged from the snow, and this morning I gave it a pedal.  I was going fast – really fast.  And I felt perfect flow with the terrain, not like I was risking life and limb.  I figured, ‘I’ve just forgotten what it feels like to rip a favorite […]

Post-Run Nutrition

“Don’t give up. Especially after you’ve finished.” Athletes often get caught up in the distracting excitement and satisfaction of reaching the finish line and consequently often neglect post-race nutrition. Refueling and rehydrating after a race can significantly decrease muscle soreness and reduce recovery time, leaving you stronger and ready to tackle your next run. To […]

The Benefits of Pea Protein

When you think of protein powder, there are likely a few standard ingredients that come to mind. Whey and casein are probably among the first. The vegetarians and vegans out there might immediately think of soy or rice or hemp. What about peas? Although the humble split pea isn’t usually thought of as a solid […]

Gluten-Free, Vegan Brownies with Gnarly Vegan Protein

This past weekend, I put together these super quick and easy to make four ingredient brownies that were pretty fantastic. They contain zero refined sugar, are gluten free, and vegan friendly! – 2-3 medium size Bananas (ripeness of which are to your taste) – 1/2 Cup of your favorite nut butter (smooth or chunky…up to […]

Become A Professional At Will Power, Here’s How!

My indecisiveness used to be the frustration of my family and the torment of my ex boyfriends.  Sure, now I can pick an entre at a restaurant in a socially acceptable time frame, but my inability to focus on simply one athletic endeavor has not wavered. My condition has only gotten worse since grade school!  […]