Fuelling your body with balanced selections isn’t always easy travelling but Indonesia makes it so with their reasonably priced restaurant meals, local fruit, and fresh ingredients! I spend the majority of my time in Bali in a resort village called Canggu on the south coast of the Indonesian island of Bali.
Eating in Canggu does not disappoint! My meals were delicious but also balanced in the Fundamental Four which is one of many tools used inside the Food Freedom Formula Group Course. It’s a simple and effective way to obtain the nutrition you need to look, feel, and perform your best without tracking macros or counting calories!
Let’s dive into my day
For the past year or so I've been starting my morning with a big glass of water. Our body dehydrates during the night (through breathing or respiration) so drinking a big glass of water is a great way to rehydrate and boost your energy and brain power. This was especially important to keep my energy levels up in Bali's hot and humid climate. After my water I enjoyed an iced coffee served black!
I usually have my fluids and find myself hungry anywhere from 1-4 hours after waking. I listen to my appetite and eat at the early signs of hunger!
You can find avocado toast at almost every restaurant in Canggu. YUM!
I'll definitely be recreating Cargo Cafe's Smashed Avocado toast at home. Here's how I'll do it!
How beautiful is this Blueberry Coconut Protein Waffle?
The protein waffles served at Motion Cafe reminded me of one of my favorite pancake creations. In fact, I ate this exact pancake breakfast for almost a year straight!
My version, called Whole Food Pancake, uses egg whites for the protein instead of protein powder. I prefer the egg whites as a whole food, slow digesting source of protein.
When I recreate this at home I think I’ll stick to my version as I don't have the ratios for a simple protein waffle using only oats and protein powder. Sadly, my Whole Food Protein Pancake doesn’t work in a waffle iron. Send me your favorite protein waffle recipe if you've got one!
I like to have a snack before my workouts if I am hungry or simply lacking energy. On this day I had less than 30 minutes to digest before hitting a high intensity workout at CrossFit Wanderlust.
With a short window to digest I kept my snack straight carbohydrate from fruit - in this case, snake fruit! Snake fruit gets it's name from its snake-like skin. I think snake fruit tastes like an apple and pineapple had a love child! I had three of these little guys on my walk to the gym!
The body’s preferred fuel source for high intensity workouts is carbohydrate. While having a protein or fat in a snack is a great way to feel energized for longer, protein and fat are also more difficult to digest. The slowed rate of digestion can cause cramping and digestive upset during your workout if consumed too close! With only 30 minutes to my workout I chose a pure carbohydrate source (from fruit!) offering a fast acting energy for the high intensity session!
My post-workout dinner was an Indonesian classic… Gado-Gado!
Gado-Gado translates to “mix-mix” and is a deconstructed salad that classically features an egg, plant based protein, an assortment of veggies, potato, and peanut sauce.
The original dish comes with tofu and tempeh for plant based protein but I always ask for extra tempeh instead of tofu. I love the flavour of tempeh and as a bonus it boasts more protein than tofu. The President’s Choice brand from Loblaw’s makes a great tempeh. See below:
When ordered at my favorite warung, they'd ask "with rice?" but from my research I don't think that rice is classically served with Gado-Gado.* I opted for the rice for pre- or post-workout meals but often skipped the extra rice on rest days or less active time-frames.
*I'm not exactly sure how to describe a warung but my interpretation is a combination between a restaurant and a small family business. It's like an in-between of eating at a restaurant and in someone's kitchen! I believe a warung is often situated in the front of the family's home!
I’ll definitely be recreating this at home. I plan on recreating with a few more colorful veggies on the plate and I think I’ll make the peanut sauce a bit thicker than what they serve at my favorite warung!
*this peanut sauce will make at least 4 servings!
I didn’t have an evening snack on this particular day but sometimes I do. You can read more on evening snacking here.
I hope my day of eating in Canggu, Bail inspired you to fuel your body with simple recipes and balanced, energizing meals!