One of the things I struggled with for a long time was eating to fuel my workouts. It felt like all the advice on healthy eating was aimed at weight loss for inactive people, and it was really hard to find advice on reaching or maintaining healthy body weight and composition if you were active. If you’ve ever tried trying to train for a Half Marathon and train for Roller Derby for over 2 hours twice a week while sticking to a ridiculous 1200 calorie diet you would know exactly what I mean.
I spent a lot of time feeling weak, faint or binge eating because I was starving. Over the last few years I’ve spent a lot of time educating myself, so I find it far easier, but I’m still always on the
Enter this great new book that I was sent to review just before Christmas Cooking for Fitness by England Rugby player James Haskell and Sports Performance chef Omar Meziane.
Today I’m going to give it a quick review, then read to the end for a sample recipe that I’ve tried out, and my first ever Instagram giveaway to win a copy of your own.
This is more than just a cookbook, it’s a great starter resource for Sports Nutrition, and although it comes from James’ Rugby playing background is highly applicable to any sport. It starts with an introduction and a brief introduction to the concept of eating to fuel yourself for sport. It goes through the concept of macros, eating to gain muscle, eating for fat loss, a sample meal plan for a high-level athlete and even a section on kitchen and store cupboard essentials.
Once you get into the recipes they are split into Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve cooked 2 or 3 recipes from the book, and they’ve all been easy to prepare, though they can require quite a few ingredients and a lot of chopping! We even had potato cakes from one of the recipes for breakfast on Christmas morning, so these definitely aren’t healthy recipes that will leave you feeling deprived!
If I had any quibbles with
If you are not an elite athlete, like many of us I suspect, then you may also find the calorie and macro counts of some of the meals on the high side. Many of the lunches can easily do double duty as dinners for me and I probably couldn’t eat a meal from the book for all 3 meals a day unless I also wanted to spend 6 hours in the gym (which I don’t, I love the gym, but I also love my sofa).
Today I’m going to share with you one of the easiest recipes I’ve made from the book. Avocado, Ham and Chilli tarts.
You can see the sample page from the book with the recipe above.
4 Large Eggs
1 Avocado, Peeled and Chopped
1/2 Red Chilli, finely chopped
1/2 Small bunch Coriander, finely chopped
6 slices Parma Ham
Pre heatyour oven to 200 degrees
- Crack the eggs into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and whisk well.
- Place the avocado,
chilli andcoriander in a bowl and mix well.
- Line a Muffin tin with the
parmaham, divide the avocado mix between the cases and then fill with the egg.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
As you can see from the photos, I took some advice from the book and lined my Muffin tin with paper cases (Gold paper cases, obviously), this means that
I really do highly recommend this book if you’re looking for healthy eating ideas that aren’t aimed at weight loss or are interested in eating to improve sports performance,
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Ooh! It’s my first ever Instagram giveaway! I’m giving away a copy of the new book “Cooking for Fitness” by England Rugby player James Haskell and Sports Performance chef Omar Meziane. It’s awesome and comes complete with barcodes you can use to add the recipes to MyFitnessPal if you use it! There’s a full review and a recipe over on the blog (link in profile) but if you want to win yourself a copy just follow me, like this post and then tag a friend who you think might like it in the comments! I’ll pick a winner at random from all likes on the 14th January. #giveaway #instagiveaway #competition #foodforfitness #sportsnutrition