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Fresh Fruit & Granola Bar
It is best to have a light snack an hour or so before exercising – a handful of fresh fruit with a granola bar (look for low fat and sugar ones) will provide the body with the fuel needed to have a good workout.
Carbohydrate is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen and it is the body’s fuel source. The more exercise you do, the more carbohydrate you require.
Kiwi & Black Sesame Seeds
Peel and slice two kiwi fruits and serve with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds.
Kiwi fruit are one of the richest fruit sources of Vitamin C, which is a powerful anti-oxidant. An average kiwi fruit can contain about 40mg Vitamin C, which is the daily RNI for adults (Reference Nutrient Intake).
Mix flakes of cooked organic salmon (a good source of omega 3 essential fat), with cooked quinoa, steamed broccoli florets, a handful of sprouted shoots, watercress and steamed asparagus. Dress with a squirt of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil.
One of the ironies of biology is that regular and strenuous exercise can increase formation of dangerous free radicals. These rogue molecules damage cell membranes, proteins, and DNA. By eating a “super food” meal such as this will provide you with the anti-oxidant nutrients needed to combat free radical damage.
Hot Tomato Salsa with Crudités
Sauté a handful of halved cherry tomatoes until softened. Allow to cool. Blend with lime juice and fresh coriander, until mixed but still chunky. Add a little red chilli to the mixture if desired. Serve with some celery sticks and sugar snaps.
Tomatoes contain Lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant which is easier for body to absorb when tomatoes are cooked.
Fillet of Beef & Shitake Noodles
Sear a small fillet steak on a griddle and rest. Slice shitake mushrooms and sauté lightly in a little soy sauce. Place thin rice noodles in a bowl and pour over boiling water. Leave until cooked.
Serve noodles on a bed of rocket, topped with thinly sliced fillet steak, mushrooms and some chopped cashew nut, chilli and coriander.
The protein in the beef and cashew nuts will help the body to replenish the muscles post-exercise. Rice noodles are an easily digestible form of carbohydrate for the body.
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