Ahh yes, we’ve come to the end of the week. Feels good. And even though this has been a rest week for us, I’m still looking forward to a some what restful weekend. Then we’ll both feel fully recovered. Speaking of recovery (yes that is my sly segue), this past week was full of good recovery foods, but I never showed you the previous week’s “training food/fuel” that I’ve been making for the Kiwi Cotter (and myself).
Let’s take a look, shall we? For your PINNABLE PLEASURE.
This is one of my favorite recipes to make ahead. I first cook the GF Steel Cut Oats (Bob Redmill) in the rice cooker.Then just add the egg, berries, and milk later. Perfect for post swim session or post long run. Combination of carbs, natural sugars, and protein.
The potato is definitely a strange but good combo. I usually make this for the kiwi after a long ride. Potatoes are easy to digest and a simple carbohydrate that restores glycogen ASAP. The maple syrup is the another source of sugar/carbs. I use kefir/dairy it gets in probiotics and it’s a good source of protein. Cycling is so different than running. There is more blood flow to the stomach, so solid food and certain dairy in a post ride snack can still be tolerated (at least for James).
Nuttzo topping because let’s face it, it’s great on everything.
The baked plantain Strips with Coconut Butter and sea salt are good snacks to have around. When the Kiwi has time to rest between workouts, I make him these. The coconut butter gets in the good fats he (we) need. I usually focus on fats between training sessions (versus right before or after) so that, again, it doesn’t cause any stomach distress. The plantains and sea salt are to restore his potassium/sodium levels since he sweats a lots –> think natural electrolytes.
Diners are where I try to load up on more vegetables. It’s hard to get in tons of veggies when you train most the day (never want an emergency pit stop while running, ya know? LOL!). I also focus on ant-inflammatory spices (turmeric) and good sources of iron, both plant and animal. Hence the lamb and spinach.
And lastly, the reboot smoothie. We use rebootizer each week for recovery but ever so often I like to make a mega smoothie with it. Rebootizer is full of great herbs and other nutrients that help fight oxidative stress. What’s oxidative stress? Well, here’s a great explanation from Dr. Weil.
Oxidative stress is the total burden placed on organisms by the constant production of free radicals in the normal course of metabolism plus whatever other pressures the environment brings to bear (natural and artificial radiation, toxins in air, food and water; and miscellaneous sources of oxidizing activity, such as tobacco smoke).
Now back to this REBOOT smoothie—> I also added kefir for probiotics, the cinnamon is for antioxidants, brown rice protein (Growing Naturals) for well… PROTEIN and amino acids, sea salt and figs for potassium and sodium.
Okay, did I bore you yet? Haha, hope not! I love doing this. It’s a passion, for sure! I hope to continue to collect more recipes and making a gluten free ebook or cookbook for endurance athletes. That being said, you might be seeing more of these posts. Any feedback is welcome and always appreciated!
Favorite training fuel?