I try to have a good balance in my diet - eating mostly meals I prepare myself using fresh ingredients, and staying away from overly-processed goods. But I also don't believe in depriving oneself. Life's too short! So I do indulge in chocolates, beer, wine, pizza and all that, but I try to schedule it after the longer workouts in the week, like long rides and runs. This is the time when the body actually needs some extra calories.
For me, the most difficult part of maintaining a healthy diet is warding off cravings for sweets and junk when you're tired or hungry... or both (Lethal combination! Steer clear of my path)! It's much easier to pop in a convenience store or fast food place than to prepare a meal yourself. And in many areas, it's not any easy task to find a place that serves healthy and yummy dishes that aren't overpriced and undersized.
So here's one of my favorite healthy cookie recipes that's perfect for a quick breakfast, and a pre or post-workout snack. Sometimes I even take one or two pieces in my back pocket for long rides. It's super easy, oil-free, flourless, egg-free, with no added sugar, and can even be made gluten-free. I don't know about you guys, but I love a snack! And I definitely have one before every workout.