If you’re training for an event, or simply to keep fit, the effort you make in the kitchen is just as important as your efforts in the pool or the gym. Getting the right levels of nutrition is a key aspect of burning fat, increasing metabolism and improving muscle tone and mass, so support your workouts in water and on land with some great meals made for fitness.
This delicious and nutritious meal include in several healthy ingredients, as well as a special low-fat cooking technique, ideal for a healthy dinner after a good workout. It contains a great portion of protein, as well as the right balance of carbohydrates and fibres. Vegetarians and vegans can easily replace the chicken breasts below with a soya-based equivalent; simply ask someone at your local health store or supermarket, so you don’t need to miss out.
The secret behind this technique is to cook the chicken and vegetables in an inch of water until it almost evaporates, then dry frying until cooked. Afterwards, add some oil, salt and pepper to flavour. If you like, add some roasted lemon and basil to enhance the taste to your liking.
To cook for two, you will need:
- 2 chicken breasts, skin on
- 2 carrots
- 1/2 head of broccoli
- extra virgin cold press olive oil
- 2 cups of brown rice
- 6 cups of water
- salt & pepper to taste
An organised diet plan can make a great difference when working out. Try not to eat for 1-2 hours before swimming or another form of exercise. Plan your diet to comprise mostly of solid foods, supplemented with liquids and vitamin supplements where necessary.
Training also gives you an excuse to indulge a little, so there’s no reason to completely avoid those guilty pleasures! If you’re a real foodie as well as a fitness fan, you could think of exercise as earning credits for more calorie intake, so that way I can continue to enjoy food.