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A balanced, healthy diet is the first step to getting the most out of your active leisure pursuits – whether they’re just for fun or you’re a serious competitor. If don’t give your body the nutrients it needs, it won’t give you its best.
For a healthy diet, include plenty of fruit and vegetables and reduce your intake of sugar, salt and fats (especially saturated fats). Our traffic light nutrition labelling appears on all our recipes so you can see their fat, salt and sugar content at a glance.
A couple of hours before you exercise, have a light meal or snack containing complex carbohydrates – which release energy slowly and help you keep going for longer. Good sources of complex carbs include pasta, oats, beans and rice. And of course, make sure you drink enough water before, during and after exercise.
Here are some recipes you might want to try…