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Getting in shape for the sport season

Getting in shape for the sport season

With the upcoming sports season just around the corner, we’ve got all the insider knowledge from Quorn nutrition expert Matt Lovell on the best foods to eat as part of your football, rugby or marathon training. Not only does Matt work with the world’s leading athletes such as Mo Farah – he also trains leading sport teams including Tottenham, Manchester City and the RFU. With his expert advice, we’ve come up with some recipe inspiration to help put protein into practice.

Must-have mince

Quorn Meat Free Mince is a healthy protein source* because it’s low in saturated fat which helps to build lean, strong muscle so it’s perfect for a post-workout meal. Matt recommends adding a little curry spice to add flavour and ease inflammation – it’s hot to taste but cool by nature and feeling fresher in training will improve fitness and skill acquisition. Serve this with a side of broccoli to maximise the absorption of vitamin A and spinach which is jam-packed with calcium, iron and chlorophyll.

A drink with a kick

Beetroot juice boosts energy

It’s not just the food that you eat that makes a difference – your drinks are important too. Try beetroot juice for a boost of energy. The nitrates in beetroot juice inspires muscles to perform above and beyond the call of duty, by increasing blood flow and fuelling delivery. Quench your energy thirst with this before a game and you’ll put in a lung-busting performance and fend off your opponents, with plenty more left in the tank.

Green tea helps focus

Green tea’s caffeine helps enhance focus on the pitch and supports fat-burning during exercise. This will keep you tuned-in on the pitch and trim off it. It can also help to widen your arteries, transporting more oxygenated blood around the body, increasing stamina.

To find out how you can make Quorn part of your programme, visit www.quorn.co.uk. If you’ve got a recipe to share, why not upload it to our Make Your Dish Famous competition on our Facebook page for the chance to win the fantastic prizes or tweet us @QuornFoods.

*Quorn Meat Free Mince, Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces and Quorn Meat Free Standard Sausages are a nutritionally healthy protein source. Protein contributes to a growth in and maintenance of muscle mass.