Gluten free beet potato mash with Basil! A great side vegetable side dish rich in antioxidants and full of flavor! Easy to make and healthy.
What’s more important, proper training or proper recovery? I’d say the two go hand in hand, yes? But I would also have to say that you cannot MAXIMIZE performance without proper recovery. Recovery is crucial, which means recovery food and fuel is too!
Think about it, what you put in your body after you train hard can both heal and repair or cause more inflammation. This why I am a huge advocate for eating gluten free, especially with athletes!
A gluten free diet can:
- Reduce inflammation
- Improves digestion
- Ease digestive discomfort
- Helps you to absorb more nutrients
I think Dr. Wellingtons article’s on Active.com said it perfectly!
“With gluten removed, the body’s immune system can rest and absorption can be restored. The body can then function at optimal levels and repair muscles more efficiently.
A gluten-free diet helps to maintain a stable blood sugar level during exercise, which is optimal for an increase in muscle strength and stamina.”
Yes, that is my hunk of a husband below
Okay, so you know my thoughts on gluten free eating, but the question still remains…
What the heck do you eat for carbs pre or post workout, a race, specific training, etc.?
To keep it simple –> EAT REAL (meaning unprocessed) FOOD.
And today you’re in luck. Here’s one of my favorite REAL food gluten free recipes to MAXIMIZE athletic performance. Actually, it’s good for any one at any time, but you get my point.
Beetroot contains pigments called betalains. These pigments contain nitrogen and work as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Beetroot is also rich in Vitamins A, B and C; folic acid, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron. Source
Being that I am gluten intolerant, I choose to live Gluten Free for my health. These are just my suggestions from what I have gathered along my GF journey. If you think you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, my best advice would to seek a professional or ask your doctor.
Favorite gluten free Carb? Favorite way to eat beets?
Eat up and Recover well!