Pre-bout carb-up food for the roller derby soul

I love food! Like most people on Pinterest, I have a whole board dedicated to recipes. Most are healthy (only a few guilty pleasures). Since a lot of people seem to get to my blog by searching for either “roller derby workout” or “roller derby diet”, I thought I’d share two of my favorite carb-up foods (that also happen to be a little sweet) to fuel you during your next bout.

Don't judge my love of pancakes.
Don’t judge my love of pancakes.

1. Unbaked Sweet Potato Pie. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. You like pie but want to eat healthy before a bout, right? Feel no guilt about shoving this in your face. The ingredients are pretty simple:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Earth Balance (or similar dairy-free, vegan-friendly butter substitute)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nut meg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup Grape Nuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Steam sweet potatoes until tender (about 8 to 10 minutes).

In a bowl, combine one teaspoon cinnamon, Grape Nuts and  chopped pecans for your topping.

Place cooked sweet potatoes into a large bowl and mash thoroughly using a fork or potato masher.  Add Earth Balance, syrup, and the rest of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

The recipe calls for a scoop in a serving bowl and then sprinkling a spoonful or two of topping, but I just threw the topping on top of the whole thing. Either way, it’s quite tasty.

You can find the full how-to video and instructions here. Takes about 20 minutes to prepare.

cookies2. Oatmeal Power Cookies. Found this on the Clean Green Simple blog. These are not only a good dessert for the night before a bout, they’re also pretty tasty the day of.

– 1 and 1/2  cups uncooked rolled oats (gluten-free oats will also work)

– 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour

– 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

– 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

– a pinch of salt

– 1/2 cup maple syrup

– 1/4 cup safflower, canola, or other neutral oil

– 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

 – 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

 – About 3/4 to a whole medium banana

 – (optional) 1/2 cup raisins, nuts or chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mash banana with a fork and then mix in all other ingredients.

Place rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let the cookies finish baking on the sheet for about 5 more minutes.

Since this recipe is so basic, it’s very easy to play with. Banana allergy? Lose the banana and substitute a scoop of peanut butter. Add different ingredients you think would make it fun while still keeping it healthy.

Now that your body is sufficiently fueled, go forth and slay many opposing jammers!


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