When it comes to training for a race or any kind of exercise for that matter you want to be having carbs in your diet. Don't be afraid of them ! They are what the body uses for energy which is essential, read more about it here.
One of my favourite carb sources (after oats) is the Sweet Potato :) a very versatile vegetable not only in savoury foods but it can used in baking as well. Also if you haven't tried a baked sweet potato with nut butter on top you seriously need to!
They pack a punch in nutritional value being a source of four essential micronutrients: vitamin C, thiamin, potassium and manganese as well as being high in fibre. They have a low GI meaning they won't spike your blood sugar therefore releasing energy slowly. Perfect for a pre training meal 1-2 hrs before.
Simple Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry (Serves 4)
(PC: Nuba Health)
1tbsp coconut oil
2 red onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1tsp grated fresh ginger
2 green chillies, sliced (optional)
1tsp ground coriander
1tsp ground cumin
1tsp black mustard seeds
800g sweet potatoes, diced, skins left on
375ml vegetable stock
150g spinach, roughly chopped
Handful fresh coriander, coarsely torn
1tbsp flaked almonds
Heat the coconut oil in large pan over a medium heat,
Add the onions, garlic, ginger and chillies, and cook for 4-5 minutes or until softened.
Add all the spices and stir until they become fragrant.
Add the sweet potato and stock and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the sweet potato is soft
Then add the spinach and stir in until wilted. Remove from heat.
Sprinkle with coriander and flaked almonds and serve.
Serve with: Salad or steamed green veg such as long stem broccoli and fine green beans.
I will definitely be recreating this :) If you do make sure to tag both myself and Nuba Health in it