This Australian Olympian Celebrated His Loss With The Most Epic McDonald’s Feast

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By Cooking Panda

There’s nothing like tucking into a nice, hearty meal after a hard, rewarding workout. So can you imagine how fulfilling it must feel to finally give yourself a pass on junk food if you’ve been working out with no cheat meals for months on end?

Congratulations to Australian badminton player Sawan Serasinghe, who recently concluded his 2016 Rio Olympics campaign. While he unfortunately lost to Chinese Taipai on August 13, he’s definitely winning in the Feast Mode championships.

Behold the epic McDonald’s feast he posted to his Facebook page:

We can make out six burgers, four boxes of Chicken McNuggets, six orders of french fries and six cakes, not to mention various dipping sauces and what looks like a smoothie.

“Can’t wait to go back home to start training and keep on improving!” Serasinghe wrote on his Facebook post. “Just want to say thanks again to everyone back home for the [ongoing] support. Definitely motivated me to fight hard on court everyday.”

“Now it’s time to eat some junk food after months of eating clean!” 

As reported by Mashable, Serasinghe is just one of many Olympians who go on fast-food binges after completing their Olympic campaigns. Australian swimmer Melanie Wright says there’s even a McDonald’s in the athletes’ village that gives massive amounts of food away for free to Olympians after their sports are finished.

Additionally, according to his biography, Usain Bolt (the world record-breaking sprinter) admitted to gorging on 1,000 chicken nuggets in 10 days spent at the Beijing Olympics.

What would you choose for your cheat meal?

Sources: Mashable, Sawan Serasinghe/Facebook / Photo credit: ​Sawan Serasinghe/Facebook

Tags: cheat day, cheat meal, chicken mcnuggets, mcdonald's, olympics, rio olympics
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Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Kinda Eats A Lot

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If Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte isn’t eating, “something is wrong.”

The body of a 32-year-old, 11-time Olympic medalist doesn’t run on rabbit food, after all. Lochte gets at least 7,000 calories a day, according to Bon Appetit.

Each morning, the swimmer wakes up to a breakfast cooked by his personal chef Glenn Lyman, who used to feed Lebron James.

It’s a simple and wholesome meal, and by simple and wholesome I mean it’s a feast of five to six eggs with spinach, tomatoes and ham. And also hash browns, pancakes and French vanilla coffee with sugar and cold milk. And for good measure, oatmeal and fruit.

It’s a step up from the swimmer’s former days of chowing down on peanut butter and jelly sammies. His diet has evolved, and so has his body.

“I was just constantly eating, and I was getting tired of eating,” he said. “My jaw was getting sore. But I guess I’ve been [competitively swimming] for so long — I’ve been doing it for 12 years — that it’s eerie now.”

Eerie if he’s not consuming food at any given moment.

His menu gets extra fun the week before a competition, when he carbo-loads. Think spaghetti and fettuccine Alfredo with dainty sides like steak and chicken.

Getting excited for dinner tonight. @gcooks22 hooked it up for me. Gotta get my calorie intake in tonight.

A photo posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on

A couple of hours before a race, he’s at it again. He washes his full meal down with a caffeine pill, which keeps his soda weakness at bay. In his bag is a peanut butter Kind bar in case he gets hungry between events.

Lochte’s eating habits don’t seem too sophisticated on the surface, but the athlete can get behind health trends. He’s tried spiralized cucumber pasta, despite thinking he was “probably going to vomit” from it, and he’d do it again as long as he had a big ol’ steak on the side.

He’s also jumped on the avocado-toast trend. He enjoys his with spinach, egg, hot sauce and tofu sausage.

“Anything tofu I’m just, I’m loving it,” he said.

There are few things the man won’t eat, besides beans, which he really does not like.

Me hungry!! @jennjonesatl #newlook #dye

A photo posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on

Lochte, a man of tradition, said he’s only missed his Friday cheat dinner six times in his life. It’s a refined spread of Mountain Dew, pizza and wings with blue cheese dressing.

But after something huge, like an Olympics swimming race or something, Lochte’s eating starts getting real.

“I’m going to a steakhouse and I’m getting a big, fat steak.”

He likes a filet, but as long as it’s big, anything goes. After all, “It’s going down one tube.”

His meat is kept company by fries and veggies like sweet potatoes and broccoli. And don’t skimp on the Duckhorn Cab, his tried-and-true red wine of choice.

As for dessert? Nada. The swimmer doesn’t sport a sweet tooth.

“I don’t really do desserts,” he said. “If I did it would have to be mint chocolate chip ice cream, the green kind, not the white kind.”

Aside from his post-race feast, Lochte prefers to stay away from rituals and go with the flow. 

“…I always thought if people that have rituals, say, something happens where your phone dies and you can’t call your mom or something, and something gets out of place where it’s not what you’re used to, you’re going to get discouraged. You’re going to start freaking out.”

That’s energy Lochte prefers not to waste.

Source: Bon Appetit / Photo credit: JD Lasica/Flickr

Tags: olympics, olympics diet, ryan lochte, swimmer
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Kick Off The Olympic Games With These 6 Adorable Desserts

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By Cooking Panda

The Olympics are upon us!

What better way to watch the whole world come together than by throwing a party in honor of one of the world’s oldest traditions? Sure, you may already have your drinking game planned out, but what about your snack set-up? Fear not — we got you covered with some of the cutest (and easiest!) Olympic-themed desserts out there.

1. Torch Cupcake Cones

Perfect to eat during the opening ceremony, and they are just so dang cute! You can use any mini cupcake recipe you like — even store-bought or boxed cake mix will work fine here. We love them with these chocolate cupcakes, complete with Irish cream frosting (mix in a little orange food coloring if you’re so inclined), but you do you.

2. Gold Medal Brownie Batter Hand Pies

In the event that you’re low on time, you can always use large chocolate coins instead, golden sandwich cookies, or even cookies dunked in frosting and coated with gold, silver and/or bronze colored sanding sugar. It’s all good.

3. Olympic Swimming Pool Cake

Michael Phelps would totally approve of these cute little pretzel swimmers. If you want, you can totally use gummy bears, teddy grahams or anything along those lines as a replacement for pretzels.

4. Weightlifting Cupcakes

This is super easy and adorable, and the best part is that you can use just about any cupcakes you want for this — yes, even store-bought ones. Don’t know where to start? Try them with this stupendous chocolate chip cupcake recipe.

5. Olympic Nanaimo Bars

We absolutely adore these coconutty, buttery, graham cracker-y and generally delicious dessert bars. Let’s be real — you probably don’t have Olympic ring-shaped cookie cutters around, so you can either make them (like this or like this) or just cut them into bars. The icing rings on top will still look every bit as cool.

6. World Flag Cookies

Decorate sugar cookies with an assortment of flags from around the world. Need a sugar cookie recipe? Try this one paired with this royal icing. Delicious!

Featured Photo Credit: Candiquik

Tags: dessert recipe, Olympic desserts, olympics, Olympics party, weekend desserts
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Attention Chip Fans: Lay’s Is Bringing You 4 New International Flavors To Try

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With the 2016 Summer Olympics fast approaching, Lay’s wants to ensure that fans nationwide have a wide variety of chips to snack on while watching the talent on-screen — which is why the company has decided to bring four international flavors of Lay’s chips to all its stateside fans in honor of the occasion.

According to the press release, the four new popular flavors will be available in stores starting on July 25.

“This summer, all eyes will be on the global stage, reminding us of our desire to travel and explore the world. While most of us can’t just hop on a plane, all of us can travel through our taste buds,” Jeannie Cho, vice president of Frito-Lay marketing, said in the press release. “The Passport to Flavor program invites consumers to try four delicious new global flavors, while also giving them a chance to win a variety [of] different trips and travel-related prizes.”

Lay’s cites a recent Mintel study, which demonstrated that three out of five people now claim to have become more adventurous when it comes to sampling ethnic cuisines, as an additional inspiration for bringing the flavors stateside.

Check out the list of flavors, courtesy of the press release, below:

  • Brazilian Picanha – the potato chip captures the flavor of Picanha, the finest cut of Brazilian steak, which is skewer-grilled with coarse salt to lock in flavor with a mix of chimichurri sauce.
  • Chinese Szechuan Chicken – The regional Sichuan Pepper is where takeout favorite Szechuan Chicken gets its name. The potato chip embodies the dish with the tongue-tingling sensation of “mala.”
  • Greek Tzatziki – Made up of a mix of dill, garlic and other unique spices added to yogurt, Tzatziki is a Mediterranean classic.
  • Indian Tikka Masala – Packed with flavorful spices like turmeric and cumin, the tomato-based dish Tikka Masala is a fixture in global cuisine.

Sources: Lay's via PR Newswire / Photo credit: Lay's/Twitter

Tags: 2016 summer olympics, chips, Frito-Lay, lay's, olympics
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