Athlete Eats: Breezy Johnson

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As the US Ski and Snowboard Teams approach announcing its 2018 Olympic athletes, local and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sponsored skier Breezy Johnson, 21, is preparing herself mentally and physically for the competitions leading up to the games. In addition to her regimented training, part of her physical preparation includes a balanced diet. Luckily for the speed skier, she is into cooking and loves good food.

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Breezy prepares her Thai Beef Salad. Photo by Renee Glick

“Diet plays into training,” she said. And while the athletes are encouraged to eat healthily, they focus more on “trying to keep our bodies fueled.” With long days on the slopes and at the gym, that can mean up to 3,000 calories a day for Johnson.

We asked the skier to give us a run-down of her go-to meals and here is what she had to say:

Breakfast: Johnson said she typically starts with a big breakfast, such as eggs, veggies, hash browns, granola and/or toast. She also loves the pancake mix, Kodiak cakes, which are full of protein.

Lunch: Since a lot of times lunch is on the road or on the slopes, it is often less planned out and more of a convenience for Johnson. She will sometimes opt for a second breakfast if she has gotten up really early to train or have a smaller meal like a salad.

On mountain ski snacks: This is where sugar comes into play. She keeps her backpack full of the candy she is currently craving (Swedish Fish, Twix) or will stop for a hot chocolate. “I don’t like coffee but sugar gives me that burst of energy.” A peanut butter sandwich also hits the spot.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort favorites: “All their food is really good but I love the pizza at Off-Piste. And the waffles at the top of the tram.” Her go-to is the one with peanut butter and bacon.

Dinner: “This is when I really like to cook,” she said. She lives with her family in Victor, Idaho and loves to make dinner for the whole family. Her favorite meals include many Asian and Mexican options or homemade pizza.

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Photo by Renee Glick

Johnson shared one of her favorite dinner recipes here with us, too. Make it next time you want to train like a pro…

Breezy Johnson's Thai Beef Salad

Ingredients

    For the dressing:
  • 2 red Fresno peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Optional: 1 Thai red chili, diced for spice

Instructions

    For the dressing:
  • Mix all ingredients to combine well.
  • For the salad:
  • Marinate steak in a mixture of fish sauce, chopped garlic and lemongrass, thinly sliced.
  • Thinly slice one red onion.
  • Cook the onion and steak until seared in a wok.
  • In a separate bowl, add:
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, shredded
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint and basil
  • Cooked and chilled rice vermicelli
  • Top the salad with the cooked onions and steak.
  • Toss with dressing.
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