What do you do after you clinch your 19th Olympic gold medal? Hit the spaghetti bar, of course.
Upon returning to the Olympic Village, “I think I had a pound of pasta and spaghetti,” he told the Associated Press. “And I’m not a spaghetti fan but I forced myself to eat it.” Whoa.
While that’s MUCH more pasta than most of our stomachs would be able to handle, Phelps chose his typically humongous meal for a reason: Carbohydrates are said to aid muscle recovery after a workout, especially when paired with protein.
Some of the healthiest people in the world eat a lot of carbs, however, it’s key to make sure those come from healthy, unprocessed sources, are part of a good overall diet, and come alongside plenty of physical activity. (We think he’s got that covered.)
All things considered, this is a delicious reason to whip up some healthy summer pasta recipes tonight. Bon appétit!