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Cross Training – What to Eat?

Liza has certainly mixed it up and spoiled us this month with three amazing recipes! Read on to find out more about how she fuels up with the first recipe: a banana spinach split smoothie.

Cross training. I am no fitness guru that runs from one gym to the next, or hops from bootcamp to a tennis tournament. I might be a cheerleader of them all, but to physically endure such demanding workouts is something I’d rather witness than be a part of.

I’m not into intense gym training, or weight lifting, or chin ups, though I have tried them, and maybe one day I’ll manage to carry my own weight if I learn to do these things properly! But I am training for a half-marathon in a few weeks, so running has now become my priority. I cross train with swimming. I stretch out with yoga.

Whatever the workout, or exercise and sports regime, we all need to fuel up with good food: a plate, a bowl, or maybe a mason jar of all the healthy stuff, all day, everyday. In building up recipes, I take a traditional recipe, and twist it towards a healthy, hearty and still delicious result. To learn to substitute items for food groups that might give a boost in energy instead of just consuming empty calories has to be the way to go.

For the month of March, cross training is about working hard and topping up with meals you enjoy and could have again and again and again, guilt-free.

These three recipes are so simple to pull together, and they are high in fibre, vitamins and nutrients, with the good carbohydrates we need, and lots and lots of veg!

Banana spinach split smoothie

Ingredients

1 medium-sized banana

¾ cup fresh pineapple

¾ cup almond milk

1 cup of fresh or frozen spinach

3 Tbsp organic peanut butter

2 dates, pitted or use about 1 ½ Tbsp honey or maple syrup

1 tsp maca powder

Method

Cut the banana into three or four pieces.

Put all of the ingredients into your blender, making sure the dates get a good blend.

Serve cold.

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