Kevin Neeld — Hockey Training, Sports Performance, & Sports Science

Seasonal Post-Workout Snack

I’ll get right to the point, eating is one of my favorite things to do. In fact, I like it so much that I try to do it every day, most days more than once. In general, I have fairly simple taste; meat, vegetables, and copious amounts of spices are all I need (or want). Every now and then, however, I branch out and make something worthy of Rachael Ray’s recognition.

Several years ago I did a search for low carb pumpkin bread recipes. To be clear, I’m aware that pumpkin has carbohydrates. The goal was to minimize (or entirely remove) added flours and sugar. Somewhat to my surprise, I came up pretty short in that search, so I took a couple regular pumpkin bread recipes and swapped out ingredients until I got what I was looking for.

The short story is that almond meal can be used to substitute for flour, and stevia can be used to substitute for sugar. While it’s not completely sugar free, I’m fairly confident that it’s gluten-free (fact check me here before you eat it if you have Celiac’s or a known gluten sensitivity).

Without further adieu…

Kevin’s Kind of Low Carb, Almost Sugar Free, Probably Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  1. 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
  2. 5 Eggs
  3. 12 packets of Stevia In The Raw
  4. 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  5. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  7. 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  8. 2 Cups Almond Meal/Flour
  9. 2 Teaspoons cinnamon
  10. 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  11. 1 Cup chocolate chips
  12. 1/2 Cup chopped walnuts

Coat the inside of a standard bread pan with a very light layer of butter from grass fed cows (e.g. Irish or European Butter; I use Kerrygold). Mix ingredients together, then pour into the bread pan. If you’re feeling artistic, sprinkle some extra walnuts or chocolate chips on top. Bake at 300 degrees (That’s Fahrenheit, just in case David Lasnier is reading this) for 60-75 minutes, or until delicious.

Kevin Neeld's Pumpkin Bread

It tastes better than it looks…

Because of the carbohydrate and sugar content (from the chocolate chips, which you could always do without), this is a meal best served post workout when your body is best able to process and utilize carbohydrates. I’ve made a few loaves in the last couple of weeks and they’ve gotten rave reviews (from me, twice, but also other people).

Matt Siniscalchi's First Pumpkin Bread

Look at him. He loves it.

Give it a try and let me know what you think! If you’re a hockey player or parent and you’re looking for meal and snack ideas, especially for pre- and post-game or while you’re on the road, you’ll definitely want to check out Brian St. Pierre’s Ultimate Hockey Nutrition, which is PACKED with this type of information!

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Kevin Neeld

Kevin Neeld Knows Hockey

Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.