Autumn Soups For Runners
How a healthy bowl of soup may combine a balance of macro and micronutrients for good health and for pre and post fuelling plus an overview of how this may be beneficial to a runner.
Practical TIPS on how to make a tasty homemade soup using simple ingredients. We talk about making a POTLUCK soup using leftovers and also how recipes may be helpful.
Making a soup using everyday kitchen equipment plus the timesaving equipment of a blender and food processor – not essential but great if you have them.
Some freezer and storage tips for soups.
Our favourite prepared for you soups
Cauliflower, Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup
Cauliflower and Kale are very supportive of female hormone balance – because they contain glucosinolates which are converted to indole-3-carbinol, which has a potent hormone regulatory effect. The liver plays a key role in the production and clearing of hormones from the body – Indole-3-carbinol supports the liver detoxification processes through stimulating enzymes required to remove hormones (and other toxins) from the body.
This recipe also includes TURMERIC. Runners may consider using turmeric as anti-inflammatory support for exercise-induced muscle damage, for example after hill drills or as a natural alternative to painkillers.
Cannellini Beans are a great source of protein (1 cup contains 15g protein) and they are high in fibre. Also, they contain a range of vitamins, minerals and isoflavones – supportive of balancing female hormones.
Beetroot Apple and Coconut Soup
Nutritional Properties of Beetroot – contain nitrates which help promote blood flow and they have been shown to help dilate blood vessels. Nitrate helps to enable an increase and efficient flow of oxygen through the blood vessels, which clearly is going to provide us with more energy and for our running. Beet greens are also nutrient dense providing calcium, iron and vitamin C. This would be a good soup to have 2 hours before a training run.
Mushroom and Chestnut Soup
Use prepared vacuum-packed chestnuts which are available all year round, Chestnuts are a rich source of carbohydrate, vitamin C, folate and have lots of trace vitamins and minerals too, and contain some protein 2.4g/100g. Mushrooms are one of the few food sources of vitamin D and they contain betaglucans which are great immunomodulators so important to protect against infections of any kind.
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