THE NOT SO SECRET UNVEILING OF WHAT IS CONSUMED AT EACH 3 DAY XPT EXPERIENCE!
When you attend an Experience, a discrete benefit is the food provided. Since our founders, Laird and Gabby, eat snacks, lunches and meals with the group, participants get to dine just like the founders. In addition to Laird and Gabby, you can find professional athletes and world class coaches sitting at your table readily available and happy to answer your questions and converse further about food choices and philosophies. So what does Laird eat? What does Gabby eat? What does PJ eat? Here is a look at the food and beverages you would be exposed to and consume at an Experience…
MID MORNING / AFTERNOON FUEL
We provide healthy carbs, proteins, and superfood hydration for those that need to refuel their tank before lunch or dinner (snacks for reference). Some people don’t feel the need for anything besides water, but those who feel they have reached their point of feeling empty are offered foods we feel have high quality nutrients and are made with high quality ingredients; a search we continue to explore and experiment with. Just like our fitness, our knowledge and experience with food is ever-growing and evolving, and we like to share our experiences with you.
NUTRIENT DENSE FOOD
NUTS | Macadamia, Almonds, Cashews serve as healthy fats that give you a satisfied, replenished feeling. A salty crunch is a favorite of Gabby’s. We love Royal Hawaiian Macadamia with sea salts – they never get old.
NUT BUTTER & FRUIT | An easy filling fuel is having a nut butter like almond or peanut butter on a banana. We like to have apples and bananas available throughout the day and these fruits go well with the nut butters. Yum Butter has an amazing line; their easy to pour pouches make it simple to serve and add to fruit or consume straight from the container.
PROTEIN / PROTEIN BARS | It’s not easy finding hormone free, non-GMO beef, or chicken jerky, but since we discovered EPIC they have been an Experience regular. EPIC makes animal protein bars as well as bars with berry and nut mixtures. Their products are made with hormone free, non-GMO, free-range animal protein as well as organic nuts and berries. These high energy, protein snacks always seem to be devoured the quickest of any snack we supply. Also, some of our coaches and participants are vegetarians, so we serve plenty of non-animal foods as you will see below.
POWER SMOOTHIES | For the sessions where we know people might have burned a ton of calories and need to refuel to make it through the next session before the next big meal, we provide smoothies that are high in calories. High in calories? Yes, high in calories. You see, our participants are highly active and burn so many calories each day that packing on the calories is a good thing, as it is what the body uses for energy. However, we make sure that our calories are high quality; for instance, the smoothies we serve are filled with superfood ingredients. We also like to serve Sunlife Smoothies during Malibu Experiences, as they are packed with a ton of nutrients that fill people up through the next meal.
COCONUTS | Fresh like Laird has them! Usually in the morning after heat/ice, coconuts are consumed. Coconuts contain electrolytes and are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Coconuts are classified as a “functional food” because they provide many health benefits beyond their nutritional content.
KOMBUCHA TEA | Gabby has been consuming kombucha once a day for over 15 years. Kombucha is a tea-based beverage that is often consumed for its health benefits or medicinal purposes.
Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the Kombucha culture. The result can taste similar to a mixtre of sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what kind of tea you use. The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. It was known as “The Tea of Immortality”.
LAIRD SUPERFOOD COFFEE | We start each day as a Team drinking Laird Superfood coffee. We typically provide the coffee mix to participants depending on the activities scheduled mid-morning or afternoon. Laird’s creamer formula has an intense mix of quality fats, vitamins, and minerals, that make coffee time delicious and nutritious.
VITAL PROTEINS | The all-round all star / Paleo friendly, Gluten Free, Hormone Free, Sugar Free – includes grass fed, pasture-raised bovine hide collagen peptides (in other words amazing protein benefiting your bones, muscles, skin, nails and more). 1-2 little scoops is all you need in water or any liquid. It’s very easy to consume and we all love it.
CHAGA TEA | We are spoiled having one of the best nutritionists in the world on our advisory team, Mr. Darin Olien. Darin guest lectures at each of our Malibu Experiences and makes his very own Chaga tea for participants to sample. When consuming, you feel like you are getting a dose of superfood health. Darin has traveled the world searching for superfoods and combines ingredients with incredible powers in his tea. You must try it!
ELIXIRS | Rarely do the founders drink liquids other than water, coffee, or teas but depending on the ingredients and specific needs, they will have an elixir. With these alternative beverages, we make sure they don’t contain high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, artificial colors or ingredients. They must be all-natural and low in sugar.
TURMERIC | Over the past several years it has come to XPT Founders attention just how effective and important adding turmeric to their diet is. Anyone who does research on turmeric understands its value. Some of the key benefits include promoting muscle recovery and helping minimize inflammation. There are ways to make homemade turmeric by adding it to juices, teas, and/or juiced shots. One amazing brand we discovered that makes it easy for those that don’t have the time to brew their own is Temple Turmeric. We love the methods of their farming, sourcing and flavor combinations; our personal favorite is Pure Prana Turmeric Shot. There are many other emerging brands like turmeric that are now a mainstream health product. Do your research and find out what’s best for you, but remember, everything in moderation.
LUNCHES & DINNERS
We provide lunches that our founders would have on any normal day. An XPT Experience is not a luxury retreat where you may eat 4 courses and get a glass of champagne before you go lay by the pool after a massage. Our lunches are strictly used to nourish the body and refuel for afternoon activities. It is also a time to connect with the group, share stories, etc. Although nutritious and healthy, the food is always delicious. Ask anyone who has ever attended an experience!
The amount and type of food depends on the activities previously scheduled. We start around 8:00am, so we make sure people have enough fuel to get them to lunch, which is usually scheduled around 12:00pm.
Dinners are usually around 6:00pm and can be more formal than lunch. Sometimes we have time to change into fresh, clean clothes and sometimes not! We will advise participants to come prepared in the instance activities run long.
Here is a guideline for when the XPT Team orders meals for the group:
LUNCHES | 2 Protein Options / 1 Animal Protein, 1 Vegetarian – Salad and Sides
DINNERS | 3-4 Protein Options / 2-3 Animal Proteins, 1 Vegetarian – Salad and Sides
No bread and no desserts – however, if people want to order those items they can.
- Main Dishes (Chicken, Beef, Pork, Fish) – We choose restaurants that use fresh, lean meats
Prepared – usually baked, grilled, or steamed– topped with butter or olive oil, fresh herbs and spices
- Veggie & Grain Sides – Spinach, Green Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Asparagus / Quinoa, Lentils, Sweet potatoes
Prepared: grilled or steamed with sea salt, garlic, butter etc.
*Ollo’s in Malibu makes outstanding side dishes among other things.
- Salads – Leafy Greens mixed with goodness and an oil based dressing
* John’s Garden in Malibu makes the best salads – we highly recommend.
When on Kauai we order Wraps for one of the lunches (they are gluten free) Stuffed with protein and veggies – They are called corn meal Arepas made by Ally’s Cocina – a must have!
XPT TIP: There are small businesses all around us that make unique, healthy, great tasting food. Explore your neighborhood or research on Yelp before you travel so you make it easier on yourself to make good choices.
That is the breakdown for what you can expect to consume at an Experience.
We try to always introduce new foods and keep the menu fresh and delicious. There are many takeaways at the Experience and hopefully eating the XPT way is one of them, as we all have seen great results from this nutrition lifestyle. Ingredients, nutrients, wholefood, real food, variety, portion size, and timing is everything.
Please feel free to share a product with us. We are always open to finding new delicious and healthy foods…who isn’t!