Fuelling your runs needn't be all pasta and rice. Michelin-starred chef Anthony Demetre introduces some nutritious alternative carb dishes.
Why eat it? Often treated like wheat or oats, but actually a member of the spinach family, quinoa packs a bigger nutritional punch than standard grains. Identified as a food with ‘high nutritive value’ by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, its beneficial components include manganese (almost half of your daily needs are met here), anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, double the amount of calcium than you’ll get from wholewheat, and heart-protecting mono-unsaturated fats. That’s on top of the ‘basics’: 32g of slowly released carbs in this portion, along with 7g of high quality ‘complete’ protein. Then there are the antioxidant flavonoids, two of which – quercetin and kaempferol – can be more concentrated in quinoa than in flavonoid-rich berries. The only downside is all the wasted energy you’ll expend working out how to pronounce it. Salad of beetroot, broccoli, quinoa, pomegranate, sunflower & pumpkin seedsWhat goes in (serves 4)
How to create it
This article was a little disappointing. As someone with a gluten intolerance (not coeliac) I was interested to see that the chef behind these recipes was coeliac, and it was indicated that the following recipes would be gluten free. Not only was there a recipe featuring spelt, which has gluten, and one quick google search will tell you its definitely not safe for coeliacs, but the polenta recipe contains 'flour' on the ingredients list without any instructions for it to be gluten free, or even suggestions for what gluten-free readers could use as an alternative.
Also, 50g of quinoa to go between four people? That's a bit stingy...
Polenta is also what the 'running tribe' eat - ugali/pinole etc and is discussed in Born To Run book. Excellent source of energy for long runs and if you get the right recipe it can be made and taken on long runs no problem - especially good if used in conjunction with chia seeds and cinnamon.
Pity out of 5 recipes 3 are salads - not exactly inspiring for cold winter days!
It's also funny how you never hear of "gluten intolerance", or allergies in poor countries, same as you never used to here.
Idle rich, anyone?
You don't hear about them because they have already died as babies. I take it your just idle then?
What an ignorant thing to say - It's what we have done to the process of manufacturing wheat that makes people so ill, if you don't know anything about an issue, it's probably best not to voice an opinion about it!
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