As an athlete, it’s vital that you take care of your body since your professional career depends on your physical health. While a demanding exercise routine is great for enhancing strength, skill, and endurance, everything will fall apart if you’re not eating healthy. Good nutrition provides athletes with the much-needed fuel to perform well and plays a central role in maintaining a healthy weight and high energy levels. Therefore, for an athlete to be at his/her best, it’s important to eat healthy. But what exactly constitutes as good nutrition for an athlete?
With the “Run Fast. Eat Slow.: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes” cookbook by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky, you will not have to scratch your brain trying to figure out the amount of calories to eat or what food groups to focus on. Written by a world-class athlete and talented chef, the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook offers a ton of great tasting nutritious recipes as well as helpful information on healthy eating for athletes.
Features of the Cookbook:
For most people, the first image that comes to mind following the mention of healthy foods is bland salads and vegetarian dishes. Healthy food however does not have to be dull, unadventurous, or lacking in taste as is clearly brought out in the Run Fast Eat Slow recipe book.
Available in both hardcover and kindle versions, this athlete cookbook features over 100 recipes that are not only nutritious but also delicious, and downright indulgent in some instances (e.g. Double Chocolate Teff Cookies and High-Altitude Bison Meatballs). From nutrient-packed meal, to satisfying snacks to thirst-quenching drinks to wholesome treats, the available recipes are carefully crafted to provide energy, promote healthy brain function, boost cardiovascular health, balance hormones, enhance lean muscle, and combat inflammation. This is literally everything an athlete needs to exercise effectively and perform well during competitions. And the best part is that each recipe is assigned a specific task, e.g. “recovery snack”, “immediate energy boost”, “for speed-workout days” and so on. Therefore, you’ll be able to give your body exactly what it needs on different occasions.
Is the Run Fast. Eat Slow. Recipe Book Worth Buying?
The included recipes are enough to make the Run Fast Eat Slow cookbook a great buy for athletes and anyone living an active life. The book, however, does not stop there. It goes on to include nutritional wisdom for athletes and a sneak peek into the vibrant lives or the authors that make it an even greater buy. This information as well as the inspiring stories from the authors help point you in the right direction in the dos’ and donts’ of athlete nutrition.
Other benefits of the cookbook include the fact that:
• It contains recipes that are easy to perfect even for inexperienced cooks/
• Included recipes not only boost health, energy, and performance in athletes but also prevent performance-breaking issues such as sugar cravings, inflammation, and digestive distress.
• All recipes turn out great and delicious.
• All recipes include photos that give you an idea of how the end result should look.
• All recipes have been road-tested for effectiveness.
As you can see, the Run Fast Eat Slow: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes book is a great resource for athletes. The available information is extremely helpful while the recipes taste great and make healthy eating more approachable for everyone. And the only mentioned con by users is that a few recipes are time-consuming. So, all in all, any highly active health nut will greatly benefit from the book.