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Fitness Nutrition

When considering your health and fitness levels, there are many things to consider. For example, what fitness food to eat and what fitness exercises are the best to stay active. However, your fitness nutrition plays an important role in planning what to eat and how to eat it.

Nutrition involves not only the food you eat but how you digest it as well. As a guidance for those starting off on the fitness journey, your fitness plan should include around 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week of training, and your fitness diet should contain mostly carbohydrates (60%) in addition to fats and protein (10-30%) and a little bit of everything else (10%).

What To Eat

Going through diets can take a lot of time and hard decisions chosing which one is best. If you are simply interested in maintaining a healthy body and want some basic help, then read the following suggestions:

  • A big variety of fruits and vegetables spread throughout the day as part of your main meal or light snacks.
  • Stay consistent in your fibre intake.
  • Make sure the majority of your grains are whole grains!
  • Vary what you eat and the dishes you make between the food groups (e.g. meat/eggs/dairy/seafood/nuts).

How To Eat

It might sound simple at first, but the way you organize your meals plays a role in your fitness; the time you eat, how much you eat, and how often you eat:

  • When cooking, try to use fresh and local products
  • Cooking meals at home rather than eating out is not only cheaper but healthier!
  • Don’t just worry about what you eat, think about the beverages you are drinking too.
  • Include foods from all the food groups, try not to exclude.
  • Eat enough to make you feel satisfied without feeling overly full.

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Fitness Food

Fitness foods need to be included in your organisation process when thining about a fitness plan. Your fitness nutrition plays a huge part and you should be eating foods that are going to benefit you and your workouts – look at our example fitness exercises. Some people decide to go on diets, or worry about weight loss, but your levels of fitness need everything to be in moderation.

Best Fitness Food

The following suggested fitness foods each have their own benefits and you should try to include them within meals or between meals as healthy snacks:

  • Olive oil: rich in monounsaturated fat, good for your heart
  • Eggs: contain muscle-building amino acids
  • Milk: packed with multiple benefits such as calcium, protein and and natural sugar
  • Sweet potatoe: rich in iron, fibre and vitamins
  • Nuts: particularly Brazil nuts and almonds, full of fibre, protein and vitamins
  • Broccoli: bursting with antioxidants and nutrients
  • Blueberries: rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins, also low in calories
  • Salmon: great source of protein and full of omega-3

Foods to Avoid

Here are some things that could damage your fitness routine:

  • Drinks high in sugar (coke, flavoured water, some juices)
  • Salt: less is better
  • Solid fats: use vegetable or extra virgin olive oil as replacement for butter
  • High alcohol consumption

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Greek Yogurt and Feta Dip Recipe

Our recipe for a greek yogurt with feta dip is perfect to accompany any of our diets and is good for weight loss as well as simply a healthy snack.

We recommend this healthy snack during any time of the day and it can be eaten with crackers, wholemeal bread or vegetable sticks. The perfect option for those wanting to improve their health and fitness.

Ingredients

This greek yogurt and feta dip recipe can be made according to how may servings you need and can be adjusted how you like with extra ingredietns:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • Tomato-basil feta cheese
  • Fresh Parsley (plus other herbs)
  • Sliced vegetables (e.g. carrots, cucumber), crackers or bread

Method

The preparation time for this healthy snack of a yogurt feta dip should take between 5-10 minutes:

  • Mix ingredients in a bowl. The consistency you like must be adjusted by adding water to thin it, more cheese to thicken it or more yogurt to make it creamier.
  • Cut vegetgables/bread or crackers and serve.

 

 

 

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Spinach Salad with Chicken Recipe

The perfect option if you are considering one of our diets, this spinach and chicken salad recipe is a popular choice. It can be altered to what you like and what you don’t. It is great for those worried about weight loss or their fitness and health.

For a healthy diet or a balanced diet, this is a good option for a healthy meal or even a smaller sized portion can be used as a healthy snack. For the protein diet, the low carb diet or the 1200 calorie diet this should be one of your principal meals.

Ingredients

What you choose to put in your spinach salad with chicken (serving 4) is completely your choice, however, this is a basic recipe that is tasty on its own but you can add extra ingredients if you wish:

  • 1 bag of chopped spinach
  • Cherry tomatoes (or any other kind)
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 avocado (and any other vegetable you want to add)
  • 1/3 cup of toasted pine nuts
  • Crumbled goat or feta cheese
  • Herbs and spices

Method

Making a spinach and chicken salad is not too complicated and without the chicken will take you 5-10 minutes. Depending on how you want to make the chicken (smoked/roasted/grilled) depends on personal preference:

  • Prepare the chicken, marinade with spices and herbs or how you prefer, and cook in your preferred way: roasted, grilled or smoked.
  • Place the spinach in a bowl and slowly layer your salad with the vegetables you have chosen.
  • Add seasoning and spices according to personal taste, as well as your chosen salad dressing that can be added all at once at the end or gradually as you layer your salad.

If you have left-overs, add your chicken and spinach salad to a healthy pitta or wrap!

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Grilled Salmon with Brown Rice Recipe

This grilled salmon with brown rice recipe can include vegetables as well and is usually a good dinner meal. It is perfect for those on a healthy diet or balanced diet, and escpecially good if you are on a protein diet or 1200 calorie diet.

Have a look at our pages on different diets, weight loss and fitness for more information on staying healthy and taking care of your body.

Ingredients

These are the main ingredients you will need for your grilled salmon and brown rice (serves 2):

  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • Rosemary, coriander and any other herbs you wish to add
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice OR sliced lemon
  • Vegetables

Method

How to cook your grilled salmon and brown rice, usually takes 30 minutes:

  • Cook the rice according to personal preference or packet instructions. Usually place rice in boiling water and leave to simmer or steam.
  • Preheat the barbeque or grill on high heat for your salmon.
  • Place the salmon in foil, add the herbs and lemon juice plus any addition seasonings, fold the foil on either side to make an enclosed packet.
  • Place the salmon on the grill (in the foil) and let it cook for around 10 minutes. Turn it over and grill on the other side for about 5 minutes. Repeat with shorter time periods until the salmon is opaque.
  • Steam vegetables and serve with the rice and salmon.
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Tomato and Lentil Soup Recipe

This tomato and lentil soup recipe would be an appropriate dish for any meal, especially for those on a soup diet, vegan diet or liquid diet. Any of our healthy recipes are also appropriate for people looking to have a healthy diet or balanced diet.

Have a look at our other diets if you are interested in staying healthy, looking after your body or weight loss and fitness.

Ingredients

For your tomato and lentil soup (serving 2), the recipe is quite flexible in what you can add for your personal preference:

  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped celery stick
  • 1/2 chopped carrot
  • Cumin, coriander, bay leaf (and any other herbs or spices)
  • 100g split red lentils
  • 200g tomatoes
  • Tomato puree

Method

The method to make your tomato and lentil soup should take around 20 minutes:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onions and let them cook for about 5 minutes before adding the rest of the vegetables, let them cook for about 3 minutes and finally add in your herbs and spices. Constantly stir.
  • Add the lentils, tomatoes and tomato puree to the mixture and bring to the boil. Reduce the lid, half cover the pan, let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables/lentils are soft.
  • Use a blender or food processor to create the correct consistency for you; if you need to thin the soup add water/vegetable stock.