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The Workout Recovery Plan Olympic Athletes Follow

Team USA is crushing it in Rio—but we all know that the path to gold starts long before they set foot on the Copacabana beaches. The grueling hours of workouts, practices, and training add up to a lot of valuable time and a lot of beating up on their bodies. And when it comes to serious training, recovery is just as important as those early-morning workouts. 

Pondicheri

James Beard nominee, Anita Jaisinghani, makes Indian classics accessible at Pondicheri (Houston and NYC) for every meal of the day. At breakfast and lunch, you can find chai tea and scrambled eggs with masala spices, dairy-free vegetable curries, and salads so filled with vibrant, creative veggies that you'll wonder why you've never before ordered a salad at an Indian joint. Come dinner, dishes showcase seasonal stars and classics made health-conscious. Plus, they offer a Meatless Monday menu for anyone trying to eat less meat. (Looking for more meatless meal ideas? Try these 15 Vegetarian Recipes Even Meat-Eaters Will Love.)

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Aloha Poke Co.

If you're unfamiliar with poke, it's a staple in Hawaiian cuisine that resembles deconstructed sushi, and it's taking over. Aloha Poke Co is leading the way in Chicago, keeping things simple but top-notch quality. While you can only pick between salmon and tuna, there are over 12 toppings like edamame, watermelon radish, and avocado, and seven sauces you can add as well. Order the 808 to get every topping offered, all for the same cost! (Try a DIY version with one of these Deliciously Smart Twists On the Poke Bowl Trend.)

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Glaze Teriyaki

Asian-food restaurant Glaze Teriyaki (locations in Wisconsin, California, and New York) packs a flavor punch in every dish but doesn't resort to sneaky sugar or sodium overload to get the job done. Instead, every plate (made up of a protein, a grain, and a salad) comes with house-made teriyaki-style sauces and dressings that range from sweet to spicy and consist of entirely whole ingredients. While the crowd favorite is the standard chicken plate, we're especially intrigued by the teriyaki salmon and tofu options. For an extra element, try the shishito peppers or cold soba noodle salad.

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