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Tortellini Soup Post-Climbing Carb Boost

A lot of climbers want a high carb meal following a strenuous day of climbing.

Why? Carbohydrates fuel your muscles and brain and are used to provide energy during exercise. Excess carbohydrate in the system is stored in the liver as glycogen for use when fuel for exercise is needed later on. So, after a long, hard day of exercise with little food or carbohydrate intake, the body will need to replenish its stores of carbohydrate. Nothing like a big old bowl of pasta to take care of that!

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Nature’s Bounty Recipe: Ratatouille

This is a wonderful time of year when nature provides us with fresh vegetables that are full of flavor and nutrition. As a Chef and Fitness Nutrition Specialist I find this combination to be blissful! For climbers who are still getting out there camping, this will warm your souls and fill your hungry bellies with warm goodness.

This is a simple recipe that can be made at camp or made at home in advance. I have adapted it from an old Moosewood Cookbook, and it is the best ratatouille I have tasted. Served with some brown or white rice, it makes a hearty vegetarian meal. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

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