If you've ever taken a Peloton ride with instructor Ally Love, you know that her energy and positivity radiates straight through the screen. But don't let that smile fool you—her classes are tough. In addition to going all-out for every class she teaches, Love is also a Brooklyn Nets host, ambassador for BodyArmor, and the founder and CEO of Love Squad—and she says the pandemic hasn't slowed her down one bit.
How the heck does she do it all? Part of it comes from getting up early—like, really early. On the day we talked, Love started her day at 4:45 a.m. "I'm a morning person and I wake up really early. And I never hit snooze," she says. Of course a big part of being able to wake up early and not move through her day completely exhausted is fueling her body properly. On an average day, Love leads a Peloton ride and also has her own workout with a trainer.
"Since I can't meet up with my trainer right now, I've actually been doing a lot of the Peloton workouts at home," she says. "I wasn't a home rider before the pandemic. I didn't have my own bike because it kind of felt like bringing work home. But now I have one and am loving taking classes right along with everyone else, including the recovery classes."
Here, Love shares what an average day of eating (and hydrating) looks like for her. Keep reading to check it out and see how she stays so energized.
Keep reading to see what Peloton instructor Ally Love eats on an average day.
Love says she's never been a coffee person, but she does like to start her day with a hot cup of matcha. "Most of the time I don't have any caffeinated beverages at all, but during the pandemic, I've started making matcha and it's become a special part of my morning routine," she says. "I like the small routine of getting up and making something." She also likes sipping hot water with lemon in the morning.
For breakfast, Love makes a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins. "I grew up eating oatmeal. That's what my mom used to make me and it's just stuck with me," she says. Because she eats breakfast before teaching, Love says she adds yet another bev to her morning routine: a whole bottle of BodyArmor SportWater. "It's so important to hydrate before a workout, not just during and after it," she says.
Love says she definitely works up an appetite teaching classes, so she snacks on trail mix to get some post-workout fuel and tide herself over until lunch. "I prefer to make my own trail mix than buy granola bars because I noticed a lot of granola bars are high in sugar," she says. Another one of her fave mid-morning snacks is fruit. "Right now, I'm really into Sumo oranges. They're seriously so juicy and the best oranges I've ever tasted," she says. "I also save the peels, boil them on the stove, and then have the hot water as a vitamin C-rich tea."
Love says she has another bottle of BodyArmor SportWater with her snack as another part of her workout recovery. Her snack also doubles as her pre-workout fuel, as Love says she typically does her own workout before lunch.
After two workouts, you can bet Love is definitely ready for lunch. "One of my favorite lunches is a big Greek salad with greens, tuna, feta cheese, and olives," she says. Not only is it delicious, but she says the salt in the tuna and olives helps replenish her body after sweating a ton while exercising. "This is definitely the lunch I have most often."
Love says she and her boyfriend like cooking dinner together, which works well because they have different culinary strengths. "He's better at cooking meat than I am," Love says. "He makes the best steak ever." Something they both enjoy making and eating together is chicken curry. "He's Trinidadian and I'm from Miami, so it's very rooted in our cultures," she says. Besides chicken, they make their curry with hearty root veggies like potatoes and carrots.
While Love says she loves a good cocktail or glass of wine if she goes out for dinner, the quiet nights at home means she's typically drinking water with dinner. "I'll have a glass of wine if we have a special date night, but if it's a normal work night, I just have water with dinner," she says.
"I am a huge dessert person," Love says. One of her all-time favorite sweets: donuts. "It doesn't even need to be a fancy donut. I love just a simple, glazed donut any day," she says. She's also not one to turn down a slice of pie. "I love a slice of apple, blueberry, or rhubarb pie heated up with a little scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top," she says. While donuts and pie isn't an everyday treat for her, she says she enjoys every bite when she does have it.
"I'm a big believer in enjoying everything in moderation," she says. "Especially living in New York City, which has such a big food culture, I love trying new things. Nutrition is important to me, but so is enjoying myself."
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