Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fall Foods For Endurance and Flexibility

Now that labor day has come and gone autumn is upon us. We often think of the abundance of harvest vegetables available at the farmer’s market at this time of year. However, “fall abundance” can also include the many activities that we participate in such as: hiking, football, field hockey, lacrosse, cross country, rugby, soccer. Not to mention, of course, the abundance of dried leaves to be picked up in the yard!

One of my friends is a marathoner and triathlete. Since she is training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November, she asked me about foods that are good for endurance and flexibility. I decided to share my recommendations I gave her on the blog, given the abundance of physical activities and work that we do during this season.

Regardless of whether you are trying to keep up with your yard work, your children's’ activities, or you are training for a marathon yourself, including these foods in your diet will give you the endurance and flexibility you need to enjoy your fall season.

Susan’s dishes for Flexibility and Physical endurance:
Umm, the energy we get from of whole grains and vegetables!
  • Vegetable fried rice 
  • Beans cooked with sautéed vegetable
  • Udon or Soba noodles with fried tofu and vegetables 
  • Quick oil sautéed leafy greens, especially bok choy, collard greens, kale, broccoli and napa cabbage 
  • Sautéed and simmered root vegetables (carrots and burdock or carrot, burdock and lotus root)
  • Long steamed root and round vegetables (such as winter squash and cabbage)
  • Quick steamed un-yeasted sourdough bread with nut or seed butter served with sauerkraut or pickles
PS: These dishes are tried and true as I have used them cooking for two of my male clients to enhance 
       boost their athletic performance.

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