– Nutrition and diet has always been important to me, but it becomes even more so during times of training, racing, illness, and injury. Just as I would normally pay attention to how I fuel my body during peak training phases, I also pay extra attention to my food choices whenever my body is under other types of physical (or emotional) stress.
Key Tip # 5 – Get interested in nutrition! Seek out information on the web and at the library, or consult a dietitian if necessary; learn what foods will help to speed up your recovery. Since my immediate goal is injury/recovery-related, my kitchen efforts at this time are focused on meals that contain a lot of anti-inflammatory foods such as broccoli, salmon, walnuts, flax and chia seeds, blueberries, and ginger and turmeric. On that note, I’ll leave you with one of my anti-inflammatory (and easily portable) breakfast meals:
Turmeric-Ginger Fruit Blend With Oats
Ingredients (Serves 4):
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 small banana
1 small apple
3 dried dates
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 cup oats
Plain greek yogurt, a couple of pieces of fresh fruit (optional), pumpkin seeds, coconut shreds
Mix the coconut milk, banana, apple, and spices together in a blender.
In four bowls (or containers with lids), add 1/4 cup dry oats to each. Top with a little water to moisten the oats. Pour the coconut milk mixture in even portions over all four oat bowls. Refrigerate for at least an hour. When you’re ready to eat, top with a dollop of yogurt, some pumpkin seeds and coconut shreds.