To cut a long story short, and to state the obvious, what you fuel your body with is important. It takes a certain type of person to consider food 'fuel' but essentially, that's exactly what it is whether you do or don't work out. Food is to the body what petrol is to a car - we need it in order for our bodies to work and to stay alive.
Firstly, it's probably important for me to clarify that when it comes down to nutrition, I'm not qualified to tell you what to eat. I am well-informed and well-read on the matter though so and taking a look in to what other people eat is always interesting anyway, right?
I could and probably should meal prep, but I don't. In all honesty, I hate the idea of having to decline a last minute dinner with a friend or a spontaneous picnic to have to stick to macros - while I love to exercise and I try to look after my body as much as possible, for me, life's too short. If that's your thing, you do you obviously.
I'm sure most of you have seen my New Balance #IAmtheCompetition campaign by now. Essentially the campaign highlights that we are as great as we let ourselves be, without the need to compare ourselves to each other. There is room for improvement every day, and nutrition is a great place to start with making some easy and obvious changes.What you eat makes a huge difference to the way your body operates.
Below are my favourite pre and post workout meals. They are nutritious, filling and, most importantly, satisfying.
The Breakfast Smoothie
Three handfuls of frozen berries
One tablespoon of no added sugar peanut butter (Pip & Nut / Whole Earth)
Three of tablespoons Innermost Lean Vanilla protein*
Two handfuls of spinach
Two teaspoons of organic spirulina powder
400ml coconut water/water
These smoothies are filling and rich in vitamin B12, magnesium and also a really great source of fibre. I can't recommend owning a Nutribullet enough to honest.
I'd suggest leaving at least an hour and a half before hitting the gym after drinking one of these.
Half an avocado
A handful of plum tomatoes
Two pieces of bacon (or turkey bacon if you prefer a leaner meat)
A handful of mushrooms sliced
Two handfuls of spinach
Chilli flakes and pepper to season
A dash of olive oil
This is my all time favourite quick recipe. Cut it all to size preference, splash a bit of olive oil in a pan and starting with the bacon, throw everything in - bar the egg and avocado. Once it's cooked, toss the egg through the ingredients for around thirty seconds. Pop it all on a plate and season with chilli flakes, lemon juice and pepper to your taste. It's filling, quick and delicious.
This post was written in partnership with New Balance. You can read more about the I am the Competition campaign here.