Breakfast on the run

I had a pleasant if slow run out this morning – 35 minutes at an average of 12:26.

I was out last night seeing friends and we sat up to watch the end of the Olympics opening ceremony which was also on in the restaurant where we were eating last night. A Spanish tapas bar in town called El Rincon that’s hugely popular, noisy, boisterous and always seems to be filled with people having a good time.

I had some amazing things to eat. Meatballs, steak cooked long and slow with peppers., chicken in a creamy paprika sauce.. lots of tasty potato dishes… and superb Spanish beer

So let’s just say I was a little blurry around the edges this morning.

When I got back from my run this morning I whipped up a breakfast smoothie. This is very easy, packed with good things and keeps you full till lunch. I know you can buy smoothies in cartons but I’m not convinced pasturising fruit retains all that goodness the fresh thing has. I make this with rice or soya milk because I get enough dairy from my cheese habit, but you could use milk if you wanted to. It’s a variation one one put together by Mike Dolce who is a peak performance coach. He’s been a power lifter and martial arts competitor. Tough guy – likes his fruit.

One handful of strawberries (I use 5 usually)
One handful of blueberries
Half a banana
I sachet of porridge oats (or 30g if you buy loose)
100ml of rice milk (soya, dairy)
1 tspn honey

Blast in blender. Scoff.

breakfast smoothie

breakfast smoothie

Who knew you could blend porridge oats? It’s a great way of getting a proper porridge goodness breakfast down you when it’s too hot to face a hot breakfast. And it’s fast. Try it, it’s really nice.

It’s hydrating, it’s natural and it’s not full of preservatives. Mike Dolce is very big on natural food being key to recovery. Thirty-five minutes gentle running hardly requires extra nutrition but I do try to make sure I eat as much fresh, natural food as I can.

What’s your favourite fitness foods? Do you like to keep it natural or are you into sports drinks and supplements?


A taste of summer

Is there anything better than making your own food? Possibly growing your own food, I suppose.

But with work commitments and bought lunches it’s very easy to slip into buying convenience food isn’t it. A sandwich here. A tuna pasta salad there. A pot of guacamole here… you get the picture. It looks healthy enough but exactly what’s in it? How long has it been in that pot?

Being off work for a week I’ve been able to make my own food every day.

Today I made my own coleslaw. Which must have cost all of 20p for a hefty bowl full and tastes 1000% better than anything ‘finest’, possibly because everything has just been grated and therefore fresh as a daisy.

But pictured is my lunch. So easy I could throw it together at work. Which I might well do next week. Sadly Hades calls. *Pulling a face*

Tomato and mozzarella salad

Tomato and mozzarella salad

Basically it’s two large tomatoes, pips removed and blotted with kitchen towel to remove some of the excess water. Ripped mozzarella cheese (half a ball) and ripped basil (has to be ripped – it adds to the flavour. Slicing with a knife looks too done and you don’t see the structure of the cheese). Drizzle with olive oil and a smidge of balsamic vinegar on the plate. A grind of black pepper’s very nice as well.

This salad reminds me of being with my friend Anja in Croatia. She’s from Slovenia, which is next to Italy, so it’s not surprising that this popular Italian salad is a favourite there. Rather than mediterranean, Croatia is on the Adriatic and Anja has a house by the sea. it’s an idyl. I can’t think of a better word.

When we’re there we swim in the clear sea, ride bikes and read books, lots of books.

Istrian coast, croatia

The coastline in Croatia

Sunshine food for sunny memories. Do you make food that reminds you of good friends and good times?