January. A new year and a time for fresh starts. A time when half the population are partaking in Dry January, Veganuary or have made it their NYE resolution that this will be the year theyâ€™ll become a fitter version of themselves.Â
To kick a new series on the blog called ‘Cooking The Booksâ€™, Iâ€™ll be taking a closer look at James Haskell & Omar Mezianeâ€™s latest book Cooking For Fitness and attempting to re-create one of their dishes that stood out for me.
British & Irish Lion Rugby superstar James Haskellâ€™s, brand new cookbook, Cooking For Fitness. James has teamed up with the UKâ€™s top performance chef Omar Meziane to create this unique recipe book designed specifically to boost training performance and achieve your body goals. The book includes 79 quick and easy recipes with clear instructions and uses honest uncomplicated ingredients, most of which will already be in your kitchen cupboard. The recipes have been carefully designed with both male and female fitness enthusiasts in mind – whether your aim is to build muscle, strip fat, increase resistance, improve performance time, aid recovery or simply fuel your training, the recipes will help you do just that.
Know your macros
The importance of nutrition is key within Cooking For Fitness and there is an entire chapter dedicated to learning about protein, carbohydrates and fat. The book shines a light on how to right approach to food can help you progress your fitness, nutritional and healthy lifestyle goals. Being able to understand how food fuels your body definitely helps you chose the right type of food for you to consume.
Eat towards your end goal
Whether youâ€™re eating as an athlete, eating for muscle gain or even fat loss, without the right diet for you, you wonâ€™t see any results. Learn to know optimal times to eat, quantities and the good carbs from the bad. Say goodbye to fad diets or ones that leave you drained. Cooking For Fitness breaks down sample menus depending on your goals, going more in-depth on the dos and donts to help you achieve them.
Quality of the recipes
Compared to other healthy living / fitness cookbooks that Iâ€™ve looked at, I love that all of the recipes are easy to follow, vibrant and quick to make. Nothing is overly complicated which is great for those who are a novice in the kitchen. You donâ€™t need any crazy ingredients nor any powders or supplements along with what youâ€™ll be ingesting. Each recipe also has full nutritional breakdowns so you can see the exact amounts of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat.
The 79 recipes in the book are carefully split into low-carb and high-carb meals, to reflect different training days, while Omar also provides healthy easy ways to make pre and post work out snacks. The book focuses on quick, easy recipes, with clear instructions for a more relaxed approach to cooking and uses honest uncomplicated ingredients, most of which will already be in your kitchen cupboard. For those who track their fitness via their smart phone, the book includes full calorific breakdown seamlessly integrated into the MyFitnessPal app, via scanned barcodes, ensuring accurate tracking. Something, for me, that is missing in all cook books on the market.
Who the Book Is For?
People who what to starting paying attention to what they are eating. Those who want to start eating in the correct way. The sports and fitness fanatics who want to ensure they are fueling their body with all the necessary macros, yet eating delicious food at the same time. The book isnâ€™t just full of meat dishes, a good majority are vegetarian and can even be made into vegan friendly dishes.
For me? Iâ€™m using the book to not only help meal plan with my boyfriend who is very careful about what he eats and trains at the gym regularly, but to also help me eat cleaner and tackle some stomach issues Iâ€™ve been having.
As the dishes are quick and easy to create, the book is perfect for busy people who want to save time in the kitchen or even set aside a day to bulk prep for the week ahead.
Re-creating a dish
What better than a brunch dish to kick off the first weekend of 2019 in style. It was one of the first dishes that stood out for me within Cooking For Fitness and the perfect way to help me use up some leftover passata and sweet potatoes which were almost reaching their end of life.
This recipe is a great variation from your standard breakfast hash or baked eggs and fuels you up for the day ahead. Taking less than 10 minutes to prep, it’s definitely a winner.Â