What do athletes eat? We thought we’d try a new spin on a few recipes – and find out what the healthiest and fittest among us actually eat. You’re still hitting the gym, the workouts are going well…and you are what you eat. So let’s find out.
The original recipe of this tasty high-protein salad was posted by Patrick Reiser, a Swiss bodybuilder, who won the natural bodybuilding championship in his country in 2013. He runs a fitness youtube channel where he talks about his trainings routines and meal plans.
Even though we think the videos are sometimes a little silly, he definitely has great knowledge about nutrition and it’s worth checking out what he eats to stay in shape.
Health Benefits – Fitness Lentil Bean Salad
This is what Patrick Reiser had to say about his recipe:
- Good after a workout to recharge on carbohydrates and your glycogen storage. Glycogen is found in carbs and it’s important to restore your energy levels that have been emptied during your workout session (1)
- Also contains 40g of protein per serving (when the whole salad is considered one serving) which is of course important for muscle growth (2).
And this what we have to say about his recipe:
- The sauce itself gives you plenty of freedom to be creative in the kitchen – you can make your own salsa, use a spicy sauce or even just a good ol’ tomato ketchup. That’s up to you.
- The rest of it is loaded with protein – so important in so many ways. As Harvard points out, vegetable proteins have so many benefits: save your health, save your cash and save the planet.
We want to know:
- What’s your favourite exercise/workout?
- Are you sticking to your routines?
- And what’s your favourite post-workout meal?
- 150g red lentils (about 1.3 cups)
- 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 bell pepper
- 3-4 shallots
- Tomato Sauce, Sriracha, a sweet and sour sauce or our Simple, Sexy, Salsa. (Add as much as you like. Make sure to taste test!)
- Salt and pepper
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Cook with quinoa, couscous or brown rice instead of lentils to spice things up when you've eaten it a load of times - this has been my go-to post workout meal for about a year now, and I still love it.
- Prepare the red lentils according to package instructions ( or just add 1 part red lentils to 3 parts of water with a little salt in a pot. Bring it to a boil and then let the lentils simmer for about 12-15 minutes depending on how soft you like them. Season with a little more salt, when the lentils are cooked. Alternatively you can cook them in veggie stock for extra flavour).
- Meanwhile cut the shallots and bell pepper. Also grate the clove of garlic.
- Get a big bowl and throw in all the ingredients, including the lentils.
- Finally add the tomato sauce, do a taste test and, if necessary, season one last time with salt and pepper.