Noah Ohlsen’s Day of Eating Includes Protein Coffee and Lots of Wheat

It is a little shocking that Noah Ohlsen can consume so much food and so many liquid carbohydrates and still have a grand total of just 3,165 calories for the day, but that’s a high-carb diet for you.

In one day of eating that he uploaded to his YouTube channel, Ohlsen consumes 167 grams of protein, 73 grams of fat, and 460 grams of carbohydrates, and gave his viewers an in-depth look at how he gets there.

Here’s the low down.


1.5 bagels
Half cup of blueberries
1 banana

1 egg, 2 egg whites
Handful of vegetables

Half scoop of protein powder mixed with coffee. (He calls that “joe and grow.”)

Multivitamin and fish oil

Macros: 47g protein, 10g fat, 115g carbs.

[Read more: What should I eat before a CrossFit® workout?]

Post-workout 1

75g liquid carbohydrate supplement with BCAAs


1 cup of white rice
0.75 cups ground beef
Handful of vegetables

Macros: 35g protein, 45g carbs, 18g fat

Post-workout 2

75 grams liquid carbohydrate supplement with BCAAs


Pita chips

Chicken sausage
Half an avocado
Broccoli and kale-based salad with nuts

Macros: 47g protein, 129g carbs, 73g fat


Whey protein
2 tbsp peanut butter
Half a banana

Total day’s calories: 3,165
Total macros: 167g protein, 460g carbs, 73g fat

[Read our review of Ohlsen’s grass-fed protein powder here.]

Ohlsen is clearly not Paleo, finding room for pasta, rice, bagels, and legumes throughout his meals. He notes,

I like to have bread or rice or pasta or a potato in all my meals because I feel that’s the type of carbohydrate that helps me get through high volume training multiple hours a day.

[Meal planning? Answer these 8 questions strength athletes should ask about their diets.]

It’s also worth noting that he doesn’t count calories from vegetables (even relatively high-carb ones like onions), he doesn’t have qualms about combining fat and carbs (at least not at dinner), and he avoids fat before a workout (“You want all your blood flow to go to your muscles, not to digesting food that breaks down slower”). Perhaps the most remarkable thing is that he consumes one hundred and fifty grams of post-workout carbohydrates in the form of powder. He takes them in a supplement that also contains BCAAs, electrolytes, and lactate.

While there are plenty of “day in the life” documentaries of CrossFit athletes, there are surprisingly few that really focus on the nitty gritty of their nutrition. We’re pleased to see that Ohlsen isn’t too fanatical about grains or dairy and instead focuses on the macronutrients and micronutrients an athlete needs.

Featured image via Noah Ohlsen on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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