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Jamaican Carrot Juice

This is the best carrot juice you’ve ever tasted. Just sayin’…

Mix 2-3 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk with the juice of 8-10 medium carrots. Stir through a pinch of nutmeg. Serve over ice with a slice of lemon. Add a little rum if it’s cold and dark outside, if October and your 22nd birthday is looming and you feel miserable and alone, bored or worthless. If you can’t dance, and you can’t sing, or if you are feeling fat, or ugly.

I didn’t have any rum, so it’s a good thing I’m not feeling any of these things…

 

Things I eat after a run

BECAUSE I RAN THE BRIGHTON MARATHON, BABY.

Free chocolate milk and getting a leg massage in my space blanket was totally worth running 26.2 miles for

It took me 4 hours, 56 minutes and 41 seconds. Not enviable, but I finished, and I finished running. And I’m going to do it again next year. Faster. Thank you to everyone who believed in and supported me with love and donations, you are all awesome.

I currently have the body of a 90-year-old. Stairs are my nemesis. But I feel amazing. Everyone should run a marathon, seriously.

So you know that post-workout feeling. Exhausted. Hot. Sweaty. Your legs feel like jelly, your hands are shaking like milk and all you can think about is getting that clammy running kit off and some good hydration and nutrition in.

…at least this is what exercise does to me.

Needless to say, a lot of energy is spent during cardiovascular exercise, which, if you’re training for fitness and endurance, needs to be replaced as quickly as possible after a workout to re-stock your glycogen levels and enable muscle repair.

To replenish your glycogen stores after a heavy workout (to avoid post-run head-rushes, headaches and lethargy) you need something with a high glycemic index. High GI foods – things like refined grains and sweets (see this post for more info) – are usually the ones to be avoided, as their quick sugar-release is more readily stored as fat if munched mindlessly. But in this instance, they are allowed, nay, encouraged, shock horror, because your body will be in desperate need of some energy !

In terms of GI, foods are allocated a sort of rating on a scale between 1 and 100 according to how quickly their carbohydrate energy is released into your system – the higher the number, the higher the glycemic index and the faster its energy is released when you eat them. Some exercise plans tell you to eat high GI foods post-workout such as jelly beans (80), sports drink (90 – 100), and white bread (70), but all of these make me feel sick and I prefer a more natural fix such as an over-ripe banana (50-70 depending on ripeness), a few slices of watermelon (80), or medjool dates (60) (which, if you’ve never eaten them, are DIVINE and I cannot get enough of them at the moment. The thought of them fuels my running).

(Find the GI numbers of your favourite foods here.)

Fruits or vegetables are important after a run, and not just to replace carbs. Along with the water you lose as you sweat, you also lose minerals, which you can find in fruit and veg. I also use these fizzy mineral replacement tabs dissolved in about a pint of water which have no calories, only super-hydration.

You also need protein to repair your muscles and help them to retain the strength you build into them by training. Yoghurt, peanut butter and milk are examples of quick protein fixes (ie. you don’t have to cook them). You see, after you finish training, you have a 15 minute window in which consuming these kinds of things is most beneficial for workout recovery – its when your body needs them most. But who can cook a meal in under 15 minutes after a 16 mile run ? As I said, I can barely spread peanut butter on a bagel.

So I decided that something easily made, consumed and digested was the way forward.

AND THUS WAS BORN THE MOST WONDROUS AND DELICIOUS SMOOTHIE THAT EVER EXISTED.

Okay, so I didn’t invent this, I’m sure. But you won’t care once you taste it.

Banana-Date-Peanut-Butter-Post-Workout-Smoothie

Get:
Half a banana (I’ve usually eaten the other half before the run) – for carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals such as potassium
3 medjool dates, chopped and pitted – high GI for quick sugar release
150ml of milk – for protein
A tablespoon of peanut butter – for protein, carbohydrate and a little salt – OR a few tablespoons of chocolate-flavoured yoghurt

Do:
Blend all ingredients.
Snarf.
Recover like a boss and be the sexiest mo-fo’ on the mo-f’in’ beach.

Another taste sensation across which I stumbled during my treacherous training regime is:

No-bake Vegan Oat Energy Bars

Get: 5 tablespoons of oats
3 tablespoons seed/dried fruit mix
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar

Do:
Mix all ingredients together until all combined. If the mixture is too dry and isn’t sticking, add more honey/agave.
Pack tightly into some kind of dish lined with baking paper and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

These are great for protein, but as honey and especially agave nectar are in fact low GI, eat it along with 2 or 3 dates or a slice of watermelon if you’re consuming post-workout. The slow-release energy in every ingredient makes them a perfect pre-run snack.

And some more ideas…

Yoghurt

Peanut butter and sliced banana on wholewheat toast

Tuna on rice-cakes

To put it simply, think protein and sugar. Bam.

Enjoy.

Amy x

Things I am going to put ginger in

Let me detail for you a few happenings that led me on a journey. A long and arduous journey, through much trial and trepidation, to this pursuit. (Well, I’m just being poetic now.) They said I couldn’t do it, they said it wasn’t possible, but I’ll show them, I will !

On Thursday night a few of my friends and I went to the ENO to see The Marriage of Figaro (what we saw isn’t relevant, I just want everyone to know how cultured I am). Post-opera, our fancies tickled and our intellects roused, we decided that all the red wine, organic cherry-flavoured beer and deeply intelligent conversation had rendered us all a little peckish. So on arrival at Victoria station, we all scattered in the directions of our various chosen food outlets. Amongst our choices were Burger King, Upper Crust and The Sweet Express, all with their delightful, delicious array of quick snacks of suspect nutritional value. I however could not feel the least bit tempted by a dilapidated baguette (although Upper Crust’s mozzarella and tomato one is pretty good – probably because there is also basil in it; I don’t think I need to re-outline my thoughts on basil by now – but goodness knows you will EVER catch me eating white carbs at midnight in a train station, unless I’m really, really drunk. In which case bring the lot, is that it I SAID THE LOT) let alone a flappy old burger, so I made my little old way to a (HIDEOUSLY OVER-PRICED) convenience store supermarket-type-thing.

Thus began my first challenge. I figured out the feta salad, reflected upon the roasted vegetable wrap; I studied the cereal bars, pawed the pomegranate seed punnet and mulled over the mango pieces until I found this.

Beetroot juice !

What on earth possessed me to buy beetroot juice, you ask ? I wonder this too. I’ve never had it. I don’t know what it tastes like. I’ve eaten beets before (they’re utterly FANTASTIC in crusty brown bread with hummus and rocket) but have to admit that I have never once in my years suckled its sweet nectar.

So naturally I looked up the nutritional properties of beetroot and its juice (I didn’t end up drinking it on the train – hours of standing in heels, an incredibly crowded last train and eager conversation made me feel too sick and dizzy to consider it. Also maybe the cherry beer went to my head) and it turns out that beetroot is a superfood ! (Okay, I KNOW the term “superfood” is a marketing tool and probably not much else, scientifically speaking, but know that when I use it I mean a SUPER HEALTHY FOOD OF RAPTUROUS PROPORTIONS.)

Here is some illustrative science for you: the nitrates in beet juice = reduction in oxygen uptake = exercise feels less tiring.

NO FREAKIN WAY. Godsend ?!

On Mondays and Tuesdays I take on the dreary and wearisome task of walking the 3 miles that separate my house from my university. I will definitely be consuming this juice for breakfast on those days next week for a supercharged beet-fuelled power walk. I have visions of a Wonder Woman-esque muscle march, smoke billowing from my heels, though something tells me this might not happen. Sigh, I can dream…

Wonder Woman loves beets too

So whilst on my beetroot search I stumbled across, and was subsequently inspired by this blog, specifically the post about beets and the little picture with the caption: “In my garden today: beetroot, banana and ginger smoothies.” WHY CAN’T I FIND THE RECIPE FOR THIS, on the blog or anywhere on the internet ? You’re telling me that the internet has 2 Girls, One Cup and Stuff on my Cat but it can’t tell me how to make a beet smoothie.

Well this is how I’m going to make it: by blending a banana, the little bottle of beetroot juice, a teaspoon of ginger and half a pot of soy yoghurt, which should serve me for 2 breakfasts. Bam.

Wait… wasn’t this supposed to be a post about ginger ? I did warn you the journey would be arduous.

So we were at the opera… Victoria station… beetroot juice… beet, banana and ginger smoothie… Wonder Woman… oh yes, I remember now. This means that I will buy fresh ginger; a sizeable chunk despite my efforts to find the smallest piece possible in the supermarket. Then I will have ginger in my fridge after using but a mere teaspoon for the smoothie. What will I do with all this excess ginger ?  Ginger stimulates healthy digestion (speeding up the movement of food from the stomach into the small intestine, according to The Healthy Living, amongst other web sources) so it would be beneficial to get the most out of this tasty tuber.

I often use it in stir-fry, but I’m not having stir-fry next week.

Can I put ginger in oatmeal ? All I found when I Googled ‘ginger oatmeal’ were cookie recipes (sorry, but no). I think heating some grated ginger in your milk before adding oats would make for tasty porridge, maybe with some cardamom… I might try this anyway (watch this space, it might suck, which would be funny).

A lot of ginger chicken dishes popped up too in my search, which just isn’t going to happen.

I did find a ginger apple honey smoothie, which is just all those things with water to thin. Blend it up good. Going to make that for breakfast next week.

I also used to make a cool smoothie recipe I came across that involves papaya, pear, tinned peaches, mint and ginger. That was pretty tasty.

I could also make ginger tea – just boil some slices of fresh ginger root in some water and add honey and lemon to taste. Drink after meals to aid digestion and avoid bloating and digestive discomfort (sexy).

Or I might just be a total swine and candy it. Here is a method that I found. Could be a cute little treat snack to have lying around, or to put in oat bread next time I make it… it’s likely to improve my weird ginger oatmeal idea too.

We shall see.

Love and sweet things,

Amy x