We’re being tested in a lot of ways with all that’s going on in the world.
And one of the most hard-pressed facets is our mental resilience; cooped up in isolation, it’s easy to slip into some unhealthy eating habits.
With the help of our Performance Dietician Ali Miles, we’ve put together some recipes to keep you fit, healthy and motivated during this challenging time.
All of these are foods that our players eat as part of their elite dietary requirements, and can be great to make on your own or with the kids!
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2-1 cup dried fruit (e.g. sultanas, cranberries, apple, apricots)
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1-2 cups nuts & seeds (e.g. almonds, walnuts, pecans, pepitas, sunflower seeds)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp linseeds
- 5 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3-1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 150°C
2. Mix together: oats, cinnamon, fruit, nuts and seeds in a big bowl
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, oil, egg whites and vanilla until smooth
4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir, making sure all dry ingredients are well coated.
5. Split mixture between two lined baking sheets. Spread evenly and press down firmly into a thin 'donut' shaped single layer with a spatula (this prevents an uncooked middle).
6. Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes until granola is golden brown and crisp at the edges. Do not stir while baking. Allow to cool for 15 minutes on baking sheet before breaking into lovely, clumpy clusters.
I tend to mix and match the fruit, nuts and seeds depending on what I have on hand.