When I found out I was going to be cooking with John Tavares I really didn't know what to expect. I only knew two things, that he's one of the best hockey players in the world and that...well, he's one of the best players in the world.
However, within minutes of meeting John, I knew he was a true Squadie at heart. He loves the leanness and not only did he host me over for a leanmazing meal (and dessert) he also shot avocados across his living room, plated fries with his 500pt career hockey stick, and even yelled it's lean time. I had so much fun which is what the leanness is all about!
In the end, I felt like I learned SO much from John and it makes it obvious as to why he is one of the worlds best athletes. He focuses on a lot of the aspects he can control off the ice which help keep him at the top of his game. Below are a few of the things that John touched on which I think Squadies can directly relate to!
Full video of myself and John cooking together!
1. It's a long journey - keep it interesting.
John “the lean” Tavares plays over 82 NHL games a season…82 games! That is a whole lot of leantivity and in order to perform at the top of your game for such a long period of time, John believes nutrition and food is vital to his success. However, he believes you can’t just eat the same boring foods night after night. He really emphasized the importance of experimenting with new foods and cooking methods (like using his hockey stick to mix a salad) to ensure he remains on course all year long. The more you can keep your taste buds satisified by experimenting and trying new, nutritious foods and cooking methods, the more likely you are to make the lean life a lifestyle and keep your body fuelled all year long.
2. Sleep and recovery.
Late nights and long travel days are leanness’s worst enemy and John experiences it first hand on a daily basis. John considers sleep such a crucial part to his performance and success. Without it, he feels tired, lethargic and more likely to stray in terms of eating (most people binge eat sugary snacks when fatigued). Therefore, John wears glasses that block out the blue light for 1hr before bed, wears an eye mask to keep things extra dark (this is a great tip for all the Squadies looking for a leanmazing nights sleep), and a humidifier with essential oils running through the night. These are great examples of ways you can improve your sleep and I love he emphasizes this because it translates directly to Squadies. A good nights sleep generally means you wake up feeling leanmazing, energized and can perform at your best!
3. Treat Yo Self - Work hard but have fun!
I LOVED this. When we were cooking, not only did John make us an incredible dinner but he also made us an incredible dessert. YES a DESSERT! Now, John works hard all season long, so it would be insane to think he can’t treat himself. I always tell Squadies, once in a while (so long as you put in the work) you should enjoy some treats, GUILT FREE! This is so important and John discussed this in detail. Without a treat every once in a while, you will start resenting your journey instead of enjoying it. It also provides a good motivator the next day to put in a little extra work in the gym or ice. Likewise, you can make some pretty leanmazing treats! This is half the fun, and John made us a seriously leanmazing coconut ice cream and low carb cookie dessert. Give it a go!
Extra leanmazing (low carb) chocolate chip cookies!
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- dash of salt
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil
- 6/8 cup coconut sugar
- 12 tablespoons almond butter
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips (can use paleo chocolate chips)
- In a mixing bowl, lean remix the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a new bowl, lean remix (with a electric hand mixer) the fat and sugar at medium speed until well combined. Lean Note: the coconut oil may not come together easily. If that is the case, use your hands to mix and then finish with electric hand mixer for 15-20 seconds.
- Mix in almond butter and vanilla extra until combined. Add and beat in the egg until it is nicely mixed in. Stir in the flour mixture and the chocolate chips (save a handful of the chocolate chips for later).
- Afterwards, refrigerate the mixture above for about 1 hr or until the cookie dough is firm.
- Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C) and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Make into balls and place remaining chocolate chips on top of the cookies.
- Bake for 12-18 minutes (or until cookies no longer appear "wet"). They should be nice and soft.
- Let cool and enjoy your lean treat!