Brooke Marrone is a spunky, sought-after personal trainer and Pilates instructor in New York, where she eschews one-workout-fits-all philosophies. "I specialize in working out for your body type," she says. "Every person is different, so I really tailor the workout to each individual." And the food—and drinks—she uses to fuel her own workouts is just as particular. Although, she admits, not perfect. We took a look inside her fridge to see what the gluten-free-leaning trainer keeps as staples.
Let's talk beverages—you have a lot! Is Organic Avenue your juice brand of choice? I’m actually drinking one right now. Ha! Yes, I try to get a couple a week. I have to admit that I sometimes don’t eat as many on-the-go veggies as I like, so these are great. And a green juice gives me the boost I need during a 4 o'clock slump better than coffee or a diet soda.
Is the coconut water for post-workout hydration? Yes, I drink it after hot yoga, after a long run... I drink so much water that I get bored with just water, and I need to change things up a bit.
And how about the not-so-healthy Red Bull (on the door, not pictured)? That is one unhealthy thing in my life that I can’t seem to get rid of. It’s my guilty pleasure! I have one a day in the morning as soon as I wake up. It’s my treat, and people think it’s so weird. I don’t drink coffee, I've never had it. It's the only bad thing left I do, so I think I’m allowed.
Ha! Understood. What’s in store for those eggplants? I make eggplant chips. I just cut them very thin and put a little bit of olive oil on them and bake them in the oven. I don’t even add salt or anything, and they taste really good. I don't really cook, in general, so I try to use easy little tricks like this to make myself eat more vegetables. Like with the green beans on the bottom shelf, too, I just saute them with olive oil and sea salt.
How about the tortillas? Do you make wraps? I eat gluten-free, and that’s a brand that I was trying. Sometimes in the morning, I'll have eggs in a wrap. I’m always hungry, so I’m always trying to make my breakfast and lunch more substantial, with chicken or eggs in a hearty wrap.
Why did you decide to go gluten-free? Well, I've been trying to for the past year, and I'm at about 95 percent. I had a lot of stomach issues, and when I tried it, everything got better. I know it’s a fad, but for me it was life changing. I don’t have Celiac, but I’m intolerant. It’s made a big difference in my life.
What's in the containers under the hummus? Those are kale and quinoa salads, also from Organic Avenue. I try to get a few food items from there so if I get home late and don't want to make anything, I’m not just eating a bowl of cereal.
Planning is so key! As a trainer, tell us what some of your favorite pre- and post-workout foods are. I’m a big eater, so I’m always eating before and/or after! I love my Think Thin bars—they’re gluten-free and sugar-free nutrition bars—great for when I’m on the go and want to have a little something. I usually make yogurt smoothies in the morning before I workout with ice, yogurt, and berries. It’s so easy, and I just put a little bit of water in it. When I was just doing the fruit ones, it wasn’t making me full. But with the yogurt, it does. —Lisa Elaine Held
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