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How to Eat Like an Olympian

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As the games begin to heat up in the Olympics arena, the competition will be equally fierce in Kitchen Stadium during Cooking Channel’s marathon of Iron Chef America tonight beginning at 8 PM ET. They’re two different arenas with two different kinds of champions, but both keep us on the edge of our seats.

The London Olympics 2012 opening weekend brought us some great television: David Boyle’s cinematic opening ceremony, intense international competition and a round-up of athletes with bodies so toned you can’t help but feel inferior watching them. By the end of it, with my mind on Olympics overload, I naturally began to think about food. What do Olympics athletes eat to keep up with such a strenuous physical regimen?

To gear up for the Iron Chef marathon tonight, we’ve rounded up two iron-bodied Olympian-inspired menus.

The Michael Phelps: Famous for his 12,000-calories-a-day training diet during Beijing’s 2008 Olympic games (apparently he’s cut that down to about half  this year, still a feat for us mere mortals), the gold medal swimmer makes us want to break out the griddle and fry up some breakfast foods. This Phelps-inspired breakfast menu includes Buttermilk Pancakes, Chocolate & Strawberry Stuffed French Toast and an Italian Egg Sandwich. Unless you’re an athlete yourself, you may want to find a buddy to share.


Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Chocolate & Strawberry French Toast

Chocolate & Strawberry French Toast

Italian Egg Sandwich

Italian Egg Sandwich

The Carmelita Jeter: Jeter—the World’s Fastest Woman—claims her impressively toned physique (those abs would put most men at the gym to shame) is fueled by a healthy diet including lots of  chicken, rice and veggies. She inspires our perfectly-balanced, light summer dinner menu of Grilled Tuscan Chicken, Wild Rice Salad and Grilled Mixed Vegetables.

Grilled Tuscan Chicken

Grilled Tuscan Chicken

Wild Rice Salad

Orange-Pistachio Wild Rice Salad

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Mixed Vegetables

Whether you indulge in the fried Phelps foods, keep it light Jeter-style or mix things up with other summer dinner favorites, the Olympics are just as good an excuse as any to cook up a delicious meal and veg out at the end of a long day with Iron Chef America and the iron athletic competition of the 2012 Olympics.


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