Recipe: Tart Cherry Cheesecake Wrap

A major inspiration for writing ROCKET FUEL (other than fame and fortune!) was the emergence of research showing that certain foods you can source from supermarkets and bulk bins can do just as good of a job at boosting exercise performance and recovery as engineered sports nutrition products. Case in point: deliciously sweet-tart Montmorency cherries. It turns out their abundance of antioxidants can help athletes get more out of their workouts.

A study in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found that cyclist who consumed a Montmorency tart cherry concentrate for 8 days prior to a 109-minute cycling trial experienced signs of accelerated recovery such as less inflammation and muscle pain. An important perk for those who regularly train hard. A separate study in the journal Nutrients discovered that regular consumption of Montmorency tart cherries can improve measures of recovery such as muscular pain and agility in those involved in sprint style sports such as soccer.

This makes Montmorency tart cherries a powerful addition to any diet geared towards achieving peak performance. For this reason, I’m always looking for ways to sneak more into my eating plan. Dried tart cherries are a great addition to a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal. They also find a way into many of my trail mix combos and DIY energy bars. Tart cherry juice can be enjoyed straight up after a spirited workout or used as a liquid base for post-training smoothies. Or try wrapping up this bundle of recovery nutrition after your next sweat fest. Creamy, crunchy and sweet at once, these craveable wraps provide a double cherry wallop to show your weary muscles some love. The dried Montmorency tart cherry topping is equally good strewn over yogurt or ice-cream. If using Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate, mix 2 tablespoons with 1 cup water, which is roughly the equivalent of 1 cup of pure tart cherry juice.

Want to find out how Montmorency tart cherries can improve your fitness gains? The kind folks at Choosecherries.com would like to award a ROCKET FUEL reader with some tart cherry goodness to try this recipe or any of the other tart cherry infused recipes found in the pages of ROCKET FUEL. Just e-mail us at contest@rocketfuelfoods.net with “Montmorency tart cherries” in the subject line to enter. This contest closes January 12th!

Cherry Cheesecake Wraps

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Serves 4

1 cup Montmorency tart cherry juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
2 teaspoons grated orange or lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
4 small whole-grain wraps
1/2 cup cream cheese
4 tablespoons chopped almonds

Place cherry juice, honey, dried cherries, cinnamon, ginger, orange or lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove dried cherries from pan and set aside. Raise heat to high and boil, uncovered, for 3 minutes, or until liquid is reduced by about half and syrupy. Stir cherries and almond extract if using back into liquid.

To assemble wraps, spread about 2 tablespoons cream cheese on a wrap and then top with cherry mixture and almonds. Roll and eat.

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Seasonal Smoothies

No matter the type of workout, I always crave a smoothie afterwards. There is just something about sucking back a deliciously thick drink to help feel recharged. But like other parts of a meal plan, smoothies can also follow the seasons. With that said, I present two seasonal smoothies that make the post-workout period as tasty as ever. Yes, cabbage does rock in a smoothie!

You can find more creative blender creations in the pages of my new cookbook ROCKET FUEL.

Apple Crisp Smoothie

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Serves 1

1 cup milk of choice
1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
1 apple, cored and quartered
2-3 dried pitted dates
2 tablespoons oats
2 tablespoons walnuts
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 small frozen banana, chopped

Place all of the ingredients in a blender container and blend until smooth. The longer you let the blender work the smoother the drink will be.

Blueberry Cabbage Smoothie

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Serves 1

1 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen chopped banana
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Place all of the ingredients in a blender container and blend until smooth.

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Sausage Waffle Bites

My chest freezer is stuffed with so many different flours you’d think that I was working in a test kitchen for Martha Stewart. No, instead I just love the different flavor nuances and nutritional perks that everything from spelt flour to teff flour to rye flour lends to pancakes, muffins,  cookies, and of course DIY fuel.

I recently got my hands on one of the newest products on the market – Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Flour. It’s basically a caveman worthy blend of almond flour, arrowroot starch, organic coconut flour and tapioca flour. An easy path to grain-free baked goods.

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I’m definitely not a member of the paleo crowd (love my oatmeal too much!), but I appreciate the nutritional benefits of this newfangled flour blend which includes higher amounts of protein and fiber than many other types of flour like whole wheat. I’ve been using almond flour for some time now as its nutty flavor adds toothsome appeal to items like these waffle bites.

Made with sweet potato, maple syrup and sausage, these have an enticing sweet and savory personality that can make it easy to leave the packaged energy bars at home. Not as big as your typical waffle, they are easily wrapped up and taken along with you when luxuriating in outdoor pursuits. I’m also eating them as a pre-workout nibble. Heck, heat a few up, douse in maple syrup and call it breakfast.

These worked out great with the Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour, but you can also another type of flour depending on what you may have on hand. With that said, the kind folks at BRM are offering up the chance to win a bag of their new paleo flour. Just email us at contest@rocketfuelfoods.net with “Paleo Flour” in the subject line to enter. This contest closes December 7th!

Sweet Potato Sausage Waffle Bites

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1 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato

2 large eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 cup BRM Paleo Baking Flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

1/2 pound cooked sausage, finely chopped

Place sweet potato cubes and 1 tablespoon water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in plastic to allow for venting. Microwave on high for 6 minutes, or until potato is fork tender. You can also steam the sweet potato in a steamer basket on a stovetop.

Place eggs, milk, maple syrup and cooked sweet potato in a blender container and blend until smooth. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger powder. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and combine gently. Fold in sausage. Let batter rest 15 minutes so the flour can soak up some of the liquid.

Grease a waffle iron and heat according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Place 2 heaping tablespoons batter for each waffle into the waffle iron and cook until set, about 2 minutes. Place cooked waffles on a metal rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter. You should get about 12 small waffles.

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ROCKET FUEL Recipe: Turmeric Ginger Tonic

More and more athletes are turning to turmeric and ginger for their anti-inflammatory powers. That makes this elixir a great way to simultaneously rehydrate and tame the flame. You can turn this into a warm drink for the cooler months by heating it on the stove top until hot to the touch, or it’s a great hot summer night drink when mixed with club soda and served over ice.

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Rocket Fuel Recipe Turmeric Ginger Tonic by Matt Kadey

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegan or Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Active Time: 10 min.

I often freeze some fresh turmeric root, which makes it easier to grate when I want to use it to make a hot
herbal tea.

3- to 4-inch piece fresh turmeric, thinly sliced
2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons honey
Juice of ½ orange

Place 4 cups water, turmeric, ginger, honey, and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature. Stir in orange juice and then strain mixture into a glass jar. Chill until ready to serve, for up to 1 week. When ready to serve, place ice in a glass and pour in turmeric drink.

MELLOW YELLOW
Convert this into a post-training recovery shake by blending 1 cup turmeric drink with 1 cup chopped mango, 1 small chopped carrot, 1/3 cup plain or vanilla protein powder, and 1 small chopped frozen banana.

Game Changers: Sweeten with agave syrup instead of honey + Use lime or lemon juice instead of orange

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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.

Pumpkin Fuel Recipes

Pumpkin Mania 

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In the food world, October can only mean one thing—pumpkin flavored everything is back, for better or worse. And while pumpkin spiced latte’s, which are often sugar bombs, may come to mind, the natural sweetness of the iconic squash can be used to enrich a range of homemade fuel options. With that said, here is a quartet of pumpkin inspired recipes that are sure to help you keep up the pace during any fall adventure. As an added bonus, I’m providing a simple method for homemade pumpkin puree so you can shelve the cans for a while and instead make use of inexpensive pie pumpkins at markets. And don’t forget that pumpkin is laced with beta-carotene, an item that can be converted in the body to vitamin A to ramp up immunity. Good gourd, indeed!

Mini Pumpkin Pancakes

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Consider taking these along on a long fall bike ride or other outing with some maple syrup for a fun breakfast on-the-go. They are also excellent when two pancakes are pressed against cream cheese or nut butter for mini sandwich fuel. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can simply use one or more warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons butter or coconut oil

Place eggs, milk, pumpkin, yogurt, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla and salt in a blender container and blend until smooth. Blend in flour.

Heat butter or oil in a skillet over medium heat. By the heaping spoonful, drop batter into pan and heat mini-pancakes until edges begin to darken and curl inwards, about 2 minutes. Flip over and cook for 2 minutes more. Let prepared pancakes cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more butter or oil to pan as needed. You will end up with about 26 mini pancakes.

Pumpkin Chocolate Mini Muffins

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Pull out these little pumpkin morsels to share during a group exercise outing and you’ll be an instant hero. They are also great when a snack attack strikes. If desired, you can replace the chopped chocolate with about 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and then stir in pumpkin, yogurt or sour cream, milk, maple syrup, sugar and coconut oil. Add wet ingredients to dry and gently mix together. Fold in chocolate.

Divide batter among 24 mini muffin cups and bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out nearly clean. Let cool for a few minutes before unmolding and cool further on a metal rack.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie

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This healthier version of a fall classic is an ideal drink for recharging after a spirited workout. I’ll brew up a bit of coffee before a workout and then let it cool while working up a sweat so it’s ready when I am. You can replace the brewed coffee with another 1/2 cup milk and blend in 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder.

1/2 brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
1/2 cup almond milk or other milk of choice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons almond butter
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 frozen banana, chopped

Place all of the ingredients in a blender container and blend until smooth.

 Pumpkin Recovery Ice Cream

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Just the thought of spooning up this creamy “instant” ice cream is all the motivation I need to hop on the saddle. It’s also a great dessert option. I like to add some crunchy toppings for textural contrast and this can range from chopped nuts to cacao nibs to granola to coconut flakes. A sprinkling of dried cranberries is great, too. If desired, replacing the protein powder with some thick Greek yogurt would likely work in this recipe. Try to plan ahead and place your serving bowl in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before making the ice cream – a cold bowl will keep the mixture from melting too quickly.

1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup plain or vanilla protein powder
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla protein powder)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Place banana in a food processor. Turn the machine on and let it run until banana is reduced to the size of small pebbles. At first, the bananas will just bounce around and make a lot of noise before beginning to take on a smooth consistency. Scrape down sides of bowl and add pumpkin, protein powder, maple syrup and cinnamon to container. Continue blending just until the point where the mixture is creamy.

DIY Pumpkin Puree

To make your own pumpkin mash, cut a pie pumpkin in half and scrape out seeds and strings with a spoon or ice cream scooper. Slice the cleaned pumpkin into chunks, lightly brush flesh with oil and place flesh side down on a baking dish. Bake at 375ºF for 40 minutes, or until a knife easily pierces the skins and flesh is very tender. Scrape off the flesh from the skin into a food processor and whiz until smooth. Extra puree can be frozen for up to 6 months.

For more pumpkin inspired recipes that can rev up your workouts pick up a copy of the delicious cookbook, ROCKET FUEL.

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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.

ROCKET FUEL Recipe: Orange Crush Power Bites

Orange slices are a traditional halftime snack for kids, but you can upgrade with these Orange Crush Power Bites!

These new portable snacks from ROCKET FUEL are ridiculously easy to make and their smart nutrient mix will prevent the spike-and-crash in blood sugar that often comes with prefab carbs like sports drinks and gels.

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Rocket Fuel Recipe Orange Crush Power Bites by Matt Kadey

Dairy-free, Freezer-friendly, Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegan or vegetarian
Servings: 8
Active time: 20 min.

Although it may sound counterintuitive, studies suggest that people who regularly crunch on high-calorie nuts are more likely to maintain healthier body weights. It’s thought that the synergy of protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, and minerals in nuts such as pecans and walnuts can help keep you svelte.

1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
½ cup pecans
½ cup walnuts
1 cup dried apricots
Zest of 1 medium orange
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Place carrot, pecans, and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until pulverized. Add apricots, orange zest, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt and blend until mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers.

Roll mixture between your hands into 1-inch balls. You should have about 16 balls. Place coconut on a plate and roll balls in the coconut, pressing down gently to adhere. Chill in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Game Changers: Use almonds instead of pecans + Swap out orange zest for lemon zest + Replace coconut with hemp seeds or sesame seeds

Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.

Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
MattKadey.com
VeloPress
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
local booksellers
Chapters/Indigo and MEC.ca in Canada

Food photography by Aaron Colussi.

 

Red Velvet Energy Balls

The research keeps on piling up showing that beets are indeed a vegetable athletes should be eating more often. For example, a new study suggests that adding beets to your post-workout nutrition plan could aid in recovery by lowering muscle pain following exercise. Other investigations have found that naturally occurring nitrates in beets can improve the efficiency that working muscles use oxygen thereby leading to better endurance.

Exercise boosting powers aside, I’ve always had a major fondness for beets. It’s likely their engrained sweetness that wins me over. Which means I’m always looking for ways to work them into functional fuel for active bodies. That’s where these great balls of energy come in. They have just the right amount of sweetness without tasting too, well, beety. They are sure to become a regular part of my fueling routine, and I hope yours too.

You can find more beet infused recipes to ramp up you workouts in the page of ROCKET FUEL.

Red Velvet Energy Balls

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1/2 pound beet (about 1 medium-large), peeled and chopped
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
1/3 cup dried coconut
2 tablespoons honey
Zest of 1 medium orange
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Place beets in a microwave safe dish, add 1 tablespoon water, cover and microwave on High for 4 minutes. Stir, and continue microwaving until beets are fork tender, about 4 to 5 minutes more.

Place oats and walnuts in a food processor container and process until pulverized. Add beets, dates, hemp seeds, honey, orange zest, cinnamon and a couple pinches salt. Blend until mixture sticks together. Pulse in mini chocolate chips if using.

Roll mixture into 1-inch balls. You should get about 20 balls. Place in refrigerator to chill and firm up. They will be quite moist when first rolled.

Rocket Fuel by Matt KadeyIn Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.

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local booksellers
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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.

ROCKET FUEL Recipe: Granola Bites

Who says granola has to be served from a bowl? These little bundles of nutrients are an on-the-go way to carry your beloved hippie food. You will be perfectly happy getting lost in the woods or stuck on the steepest of inclines if you have these nearby.

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Rocket Fuel Recipe Granola Bites by Matt Kadey

Dairy-free, Freezer-friendly, Gluten-free, Vegan or Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Active time: 20 min.

You can also make these in regular-sized muffin cups for a more substantial postworkout nosh or a take-and-go breakfast option. Just increase cooking time by about 5 minutes.

1½ cups quick-cook oats
1/3 cup wheat germ
½ cup chopped pecans or almonds
¼ cup hemp seeds
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
½ cup honey or brown rice syrup
¼ cup melted coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, stir together oats, wheat germ, pecans or almonds, hemp seeds,
cranberries, apricots, coconut, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. In a separate bowl, lightly beat egg and stir in honey or brown rice syrup and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until everything is moist.

Divide mixture among 24 greased or paper-lined mini-muffin cups and make sure to pack it down tightly to help hold everything together. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Let cool several minutes before unmolding. Chill in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and transport in a small zip-top bag.

Game Changers: Use oats labeled “gluten-free” or replace oats with quinoa flakes, barley flakes, or spelt flakes + Use almond flour or ground flaxseed instead of wheat germ + Stir in sunflower seeds instead of hemp seeds + Swap out cranberries for dried cherries, chopped dried pineapple, or goji berries

Rocket Fuel by Matt KadeyIn Rocket Fuel, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures. Rocket Fuel will be available this April in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online. Preorder today from VeloPress, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, local booksellers, and Chapters/Indigo.

Food photography by Aaron Colussi.

ROCKET FUEL Recipe: Salted Quinoa Almond Fudge Cups

Every good deed deserves a reward. So after a health-boosting workout, why not luxuriate in some fudge? Of course, this version has more of what you need to recover well than any typical store-bought fudge. Case in point: I’ve worked in some protein powder, banana, and quinoa puffs for extra recovery protein and carbohydrates.

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Rocket Fuel Recipe Salted Quinoa Almond Fudge Cups by Matt Kadey

Dairy-free, Freezer-friendly, Gluten-free, Vegan or Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Active Time: 20 min.

No mini-muffin tray? You can also mold the fudge in lightly greased ice cube trays. You may need to use a butter knife to unmold the set fudge pieces.

½ cup almond butter
½ cup protein powder
1/3 cup softened coconut oil
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 medium-sized ripe banana
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup quinoa puffs
1 teaspoon flaky salt, such as fleur de sel or Maldon

Place almond butter, protein powder, coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pulse in quinoa puffs.

Divide mixture among 24 silicone mini-muffin cups or paper-lined metal mini-muffin cups. Sprinkle salt over tops. Place tray in freezer until set, about 1 hour. The fudge cups will remain fairly soft and won’t freeze solid. Unmold fudge cups and keep in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the freezer for up to 1 month. They can also be transported to an event in a cooler.

Game Changers: Swap out almond butter for peanut butter + Sweeten with brown rice syrup or honey instead of maple syrup + Replace quinoa puffs with other small cereal puffs, such as millet

Rocket Fuel by Matt KadeyIn Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.

Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
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Barnes & Noble
local booksellers
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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.

 

Real Food Rocket Fuel

It’s no secret that the pages of ROCKET FUEL are filled with encouragement to turn to foods that you would find in the supermarket and bulk stores as a method of fueling your active lifestyle. Which is why I am always mining the research looking for more proof that sports nutrition can be so much more than gels, chews and neon sports drinks. So it’s my pleasure to present three items that can give you some Olympic power.

Tart Cherry Juice

If you’re an athlete or even weekend warrior, it’s a good idea to see red. British researchers provide football (soccer) players with 30 milliliters of Montmorency tart cherry juice mixed with 100 milliliters of water twice per day – once in the morning and once in the evening – or a placebo drink. It was discovered that drinking tart cherry juice lead to a decrease in a key marker of inflammation associated with exercise, helped the athletes maintain greater functional muscle performance and also brought about a decrease self-reported post-workout muscle soreness. In other words, making Montmorency tart cherry juice part of your nutrition program could help you recover better and perform to a higher standard during subsequent workouts.

Sardines

Here’s a good reason why you shouldn’t shun the canned fish aisle of the supermarket. Scientists at Baylor University in Waco, Texas showed that consuming high amounts of fish oil may help lessen delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) following resistance training. Fish oil contains the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which may work on a cellular level to limit the stress in the body that brings about post-exercise muscle owies. The study provided participants with a fish oil supplement, but you can also obtain high amounts of omega-3 fats by eating fatty fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring and rainbow trout more often. As a bonus, these swimmers are rich in protein for better muscle recovery and growth.

Milk

After a sweaty, hard workout consider reaching for moo juice. A new British Journal of Nutrition study discovered that milk can help restore your fluid levels after a spirited exercise session. In the study, active men took part in exercise designed to bring about dehydration and then followed this up by consuming milk, a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink or water. It turned out that milk did the best job at promoting whole-body net fluid balance, or in other words restoring hydration status. It seems that the fluid in milk works synergistically with its nutrients to promote better rehydration. Previous research has demonstrated that chocolate milk contains a dynamic duo of carbs and protein to kick start better post-training muscle recovery.

Learn how to use these and other power foods to reach new exercise heights in the pages of ROCKET FUEL.

Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.

Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
MattKadey.com
VeloPress
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
local booksellers
Chapters/Indigo and MEC.ca in Canada

Food photography by Aaron Colussi.