Food For Thought - Mark Beaumont
Record breaking round the world cyclist
Before a cycling expedition, I try and eat as much as possible and put on some reserves – basically, I try to get fat. So I eat a lot more than the average person, around five to six meals a day adding up to 6000 calories or more.
Breakfast is a few meals rolled into one: cereal, smoothie, scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast and green tea or coffee. This gives the right nutritious balance I need to look after my health and recovery of muscles when I’m cycling.
A mid-morning snack acts as a powerful boost of energy. Usually, an electrolyte drink to replace salts lost through sweat, a piece of fruit and a yoghurt.
Lunch is soup and a large prawn pasta salad. If I’m a month before setting off I’ll put milk powder/butter in meals to pile on the calories.
To keep me going, my mid-afternoon snack is usually a large egg salad sandwich and a smoothie.
Supper is a grilled salmon steak with vegetables or garden salad topped off by a sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
Mark Beaumont is journeying across the Americas from Alaska to Argentina. His book, The Man Who Cycled the World is published by Bantam Press.