Hunter McIntyre's Peanut-Butter Sweet Potatoes and Bulletproof Coffee
Obstacle race athlete Hunter McIntyre needs a ton of energy fuel. But he also keeps it simple. That's why he starts each day with Bulletproof Coffee — a 24-ounce tumbler of the MCT-oil, coconut, butter, and coffee mix and sips on it throughout the morning, before going into a workout. "Because of the way the fats combine with the caffeine, it's like a sustained high energy rather than that instant spike you get, or feeling gassy for the next hour," he says. Applegate agrees, saying that the combination of fat and coffee gives calories and caffeine that will satiate anyone who's just looking to sustain themselves on a commute then be fired up and ready to work — but you'll have to balance out the calories you're eating for the rest of the day, since the coffee alone can be 330 calories.
McIntyre's pre-race sweet potato, however, gets Applegate's full nutritious seal of approval. He explains that its high amount of carbohydrates and peanut butter stick to your ribs and gives you a "solid feel" throughout a race or workout. "It's a low protein meal so it's really good just before a race, eaten two to three hours prior," adds Applegate. "That would be great for someone who's going to work out after a couple hours of work. It will deliver staying power."
- 1 large sweet potato
- Nut Butter
"Take a large sweet potato, cook it in the oven until you can easily stick a fork into the center. Crack the potato and place a big spoonful of your favorite nut butter in the center. My go to is Trader Joe's sunflower seed butter and Earth Balance's creamy coconut and peanut butter spread."