Muscle recovery meal

Advice
2 Jan 2009
Recovery pasta

Mend your muscles and reduce your recovery times with this fishy treat

What’s in it

50g smoked salmon, chopped
6 cherry tomatoes, chopped
½ red onion, chopped
Handful of fresh spinach, torn
100g cooked pasta
2tsp chopped parsley

To make

Stir together the salmon, spinach, tomatoes and onion. Mix into the cooked pasta and sprinkle with parsley. Season with pepper to taste.

Why it works

The chromium in onions helps control the body’s glucose levels, and reduces cravings. Their folate content also helps produce red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, salmon contains natural anti-inflammatory agents that relieve swelling caused by injury and exercise. Pasta provides energy by helping to replenish glycogen. Served with a lean source of protein such as salmon, it releases energy slowly through the day. Parsley is full of fatigue-fighting iron – needed for the production of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the muscles. Tomatoes contain betacarotene and vitamin C, which reduces muscle soreness by attacking free radicals generated during exercise.

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