Okay, okay, I know that I do go on about eating oily fish but it is hugely important in reducing inflammation and avoiding sore and stiff joints.
I also know that Gordon Ramsay is not rushing to curry tinned fish so relax you food snobs out there! If you can afford smoked salmon, some nice haddock or fresh seared tuna, get on with it. If you can’t, try this fish curry – by far the best way I have dressed up my Lucky Star yet!
Steam chunks of sweet potato for about 30 minutes until soft and put aside to add to the curry later.
Fry an onion in a tablespoon of coconut oil for a few minutes. Add a teaspoon or two of masala, some turmeric, cumin and any other spices you like with a curry. Fry for a few minutes. Add 2 teaspoons of ginger and garlic mix and fry for another few minutes.
Add half a tin of tomatoes, one teaspoon of xylitol and half a cup of chicken stock. Mix well and then add two tins of middle cut in brine. Add the steamed sweet potatoes and cook for 15 minutes to let all the flavours blend nicely.
Serve with chopped coriander.
Look what I found in my wardrobe – my daughter’s Comrades pants! Without further ado I popped them on for my long run this morning. Surely they will give me the same Ninja properties that said daughter displays year after year? I did feel amazingly strong, imagining my feet flying over that iconic route but my TomTom is really a cruel beast with no imagination at all:
So I’m still a tortoise, but maybe a Ninja Tortoise. The Ninja Tortoise is closely related to the Ninja Turtle and, if you happen to be a child of the Eighties, you will know that a Ninja Turtle is really, really cool! Run on Ninja Tortoise!
Now I know this does not look very inspiring, but I can assure you it tastes like heaven, gives a healthy dose of good fat, a moderate dose of protein, is low in carbs and will carry you through from breakfast to lunch with the greatest of ease! The secret ingredient – peanut butter!
Here is my recipe:
2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt, 1 tablespoon double thick cream, 1 tablespoon Black Cat crunchy peanut butter, 1 tablespoon dessicated coconut, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds and 1 teaspoon xylitol. Mix together and enjoy.
This mixture will give you 7 grams of carbs, 30 grams of healthy fat and 10 grams of protein – perfect proportions.
If you have recently switched to low carb eating and you are feeling fatigued, one of the first things you should look at is your fat intake. Low carb and low fat is a recipe for disaster -try increasing your fat. You don’t have to sit down with a spoon and a tub of lard – just add things like my Creamy PB Delight!
Peanuts are a legume. Legumes were on the original Red List – a big no-no for us Banters. They have been subsequently moved to the Orange B list – the list for peeps that have lost weight, that train more, that are not that insulin-resistant etc.
A controlled amount of peanut butter is a good way of adding healthy fat, magnesium, Vitamin E and Vitamin B3 to the diet. The key word here is controlled. No, you may not snort up half a jar while you wait for the kettle to boil.
What better way to eat PB than in cookie form? Here goes:
Beat 2 eggs with 100ml xylitol and then blend in one cup of peanut butter, 50 ml coconut flour and 50 ml dessicated coconut. Drop blobs onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake at 160 degrees C for 20 minutes.
This makes 26 cookies. Each cookie has only 1.7 grams carbs, 6 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein which makes them perfect for pre or post run snacks, or lunch boxes. I’m going to use them for my pre-race brekkies this weekend.
Sometimes life is just too short to be hunting for celery, carrots, the egg of a virgin quail etc etc. So I have simplified my broth recipe to beyond simple – just make sure you always have fresh garlic and onions in your house!
STEP ONE – roast and eat one happily-raised farm chicken (I know of two local suppliers btw), and store carcass and any bones in the freezer.
STEP TWO – repeat step one when convenient.
STEP THREE – Place the two carcasses in your slow cooker, along with two onions and several cloves of garlic. You don’t even peel the garlic and onions – just chop in half and throw in the pot. Everything will be drained off in the end.
STEP FOUR – throw in a small handful of course salt and cover the carcasses with water – about 3 litres should do the trick. Put slow cook on low and leave for 16 to 24 hours.
STEP FIVE – drain off the bits and pieces and VOILA there is your broth. You can keep it in the fridge for a week or you can freeze.
Bone broth is a superfood – anything that can carry someone 89 km at Comrades is a superfood, but this superfood is for EVERYONE. It is anti-inflammatory, wonderful for the joints, it replaces important electrolytes, it heals your gut – there is no one that will not benefit from drinking it every day.
If you read the latest RunnersWorld you will see that formal running clubs are terribly last season. You now need a cru, bru. A cru is a small informal running group that does hardcore stuff. They love to run the inner city at night, that sort of thing. Well we got no inner city here but we do have Swartmodder and this is my cru:
To make Swartmodder your bitch you need to run from the gate of Truant Farm to a certain gate at the top and then make it back down to Truant in under two hours. You then get the following tattoo on your left shoulder:
Or, my personal favourite, this gorgeous mountain wolf:
And then you a part of the cru, bru.
Oily fish like pilchards, tuna and salmon are the best anti-inflammatory foods on the planet. As runners with no time for sore joints and aches and pains, we need to work them into our diet at least three times a week.
I also love to find easy budget-friendly recipes that fit in with the Banting lifestyle. It’s not true that to Bant you need a huge income and access to grass fed beef and organic cream. While those things are certainly nice to have, they are by no means necessary. Anyone, with a bit of imagination and determination can regain their health by avoiding sugar, grains and processed seed oils because that, in a nutshell, is exactly what Banting is.
While paging through Sally-Ann Creed’s beautiful book “The Low-Carb Creed” I found this fish pie recipe that is super-simple, super-quick, super-nutritious and cheap to make. Ha! I do love to kill two birds with one stone!
You will need to preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a pie dish.
Your ingredients –
1 x 400 gram can of pilchards in brine, drained & mashed with a fork
1 onion chopped and fried in 30 ml coconut oil
250 ml grated cheddar cheese (optional but delicious)
3 eggs beaten with a fork
30 ml coconut flour
250 ml full cream milk
5 ml salt
ground black pepper
5 ml oregano
Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl. Stir in the milk and seasoning. Pour into the greased pie dish and bake for 30 minutes. The pie will firm up out of the oven so leave it for 10 minutes before slicing.