Most people want a post workout meal that will give them a lot of bang for their buck after a grueling workout session. If you ever want to break free from your routine post workout shake or tuna/broccoli/brown rice combo here’s a quick, tasty & nutritious recipe.
Coconut chicken curry w/ rice
– 2 boneless skinless chicken breast
– 1 c coconut milk
– 2 tbsp curry powder
– 1 tbsp brown sugar
– diced tomatoes
– sliced bell peppers
– 1 c spinach
*adjust measurement amounts depending on how many servings you’d like to make
– Sautée the vegetables(except spinach) in coconut milk
– add curry powder & sugar
-add chicken to the curry/vegetable mix
-add spinach to curry mix when the chicken is almost done
chicken – complete protein source that’s full of amino acids that aid with muscle building (leucine, isoleucine, valine) rich in tryptophan (helps raise serotonin level which can improve sleep) and it’s loaded with vitamins/minerals like B3/Zinc/Copper/Magnesium which are all beneficial to recovery.
curry – a primary component of curry powders is turmeric which contains curcumin. Curcumin is beneficial for prevention of a variety of diseases/ailments including cancer/Alzheimer’s/hypertension. In the case of recovery it’s especially beneficial for it’s pain relief/anti-inflammatory properties.
spinach/tomato/bell peppers/onions – all of these vegetable sources are loaded with antioxidants which reduce free radical damage which accumulates from heavy exercise.
coconut milk – a good source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). In clinical settings MCTs have been used with patients post-surgery, suffering from malnutrition or tissue waisting. MCT consumption aids the body in more efficiently absorbing amino acids & vitamins/minerals (especially calcium & magnesium)
white rice – I specifically chose white rice instead of brown which is the common “healthy” choice for most people. Because of the low fiber content & lack of anti-nutrients because of the milling process. Easy to digest starch source = faster conversion to glycogen(think muscle).