lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2016

A post exercise recovery meal high in protein

Following on from our post on the benefits of adding protein to your post-workout meal we thought it would be helpful to give a few examples of some meals that would provide a good dose of protein. 

In the world of sports nutrition, it is easy to get carried away with discussing what nutrients are important for pre/post exercise and to forget that we don’t actually eat nutrients as such, we eat food! We don’t go to the supermarket and say “ok we’re running low on protein and vitamin A so we need to buy some”. When we offer advice to somebody about what they should eat post-exercise saying “you need 20g of protein” isn’t much use at all unless your client has a pretty good understanding of nutrition. So with that in mind we provide 1 quick high protein meal paying particular attention to the amino acid Leucine.

Leucine is one of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAS) and is involved in muscle
protein synthesis (1) which after a hard session is exactly what you need.

For our recipes we recommend organic, free range, and sustainable where possible.

Eggs with artichokes and tomato

Eggs are probably the quickest, easiest and therefore the best post exercise food. Each egg will give you around 6g protein and 544mg of leucine. This recipe is still pretty quick and is a good alternative to just a plain old omelette.

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 100g pancetta chopped
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 280g jar of artichoke heartsquartered
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • Handful parsley chopped
Place large frying pan over a medium – high heat. Add the oil and pancetta and cook for 4-5minutes until browned. Add the onion and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. 

Add the tomatoes, season with sea salt and ground black pepper and cook for around 10 minutes. Add the artichokes and mix, reduce the heat to med-low.

Make 8 divots in the tomato mixture and crack an egg into each one. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until the white is coked but the yolk is still soft (if you like your yolks runny). Sprinkle on the dried chilli and parsley, serve.

1. Maughan R., Gleeson M. The biochemical basis of Sports Performance (2004). Oxford University Press.

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