Tuesday, August 10, 2010

4. EAPNS: Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative to improve personal health and our environment. It is an interesting read and the website provides recipes. 

          As an athlete I am supporting the idea, at least from a personal health standpoint. The question remains, what day of the week should be the one without meat? This time of the year I usually have hard and long workout days on the weekend and I seem to struggle to get enough calories in on those days. Since it is a good thing to eat some fatty fish once a week, you could substitute your meat protein with fish on one of your weekend days. The earlier days of the week, or at least Monday is usually an easier workout day for most athletes and therefore seems to work with the initiative. One could argue against that and say you need a good source of protein the day after a hard weekend of training to rebuilt the muscular damages. Lets all remember that meat and fish aren't the only good sources of protein. I have talked about potato and egg as a great source for protein or legumes (lentils, beans....). It is also a good thing to add some vegetables to your meal that are high in antioxidants such as broccoli and fresh tomatoes. Don't forget the complex carbs, such as wheat pasta and off you go with a simple, but healthy and protein rich meal. Yes even the pasta contains some protein.
2 Tomatoes on the vine
1/2 an onion
1 jar of traditional pasta sauce
1 can of beans of your liking
1 lbs of whole wheat pasta

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