Annie’s Chickpea Salad – the perfect recovery meal

Have you ever had one of those days when everything is clicking and you just get swept up in the moment? Yesterday was one of those days when I actually didn’t mind winter so much. It was like we’d been plunked down in the middle of a postcard….blue skies, a white blanket of freshly fallen snow and that glorious sunshine we are all craving in mid February.

Now, picture a group of 6 fiercely competitive runners on snowshoes and a mountain to climb. Need I say more? Let’s just say my calves, my quads and my glutes are reminding me today of how it feels the day after you got swept up.

Yesterday’s snowshoe was also a great reminder of how important it is to refuel after intense or prolonged exercise. In the first 20-30 minutes immediately following a tough workout your body is 2-3 times more receptive to nutrient intake. You want to capitalize on this window to restore hydration, glycogen levels and muscle protein status. For optimal recovery both carbs and protein should be consumed, in approximately a 4:1 ratio.

90 minutes after we started that climb, we were an adrenalin-filled, sweat-soaked smiling bunch of ladies. We were pretty proud of ourselves and also pretty certain there wasn’t anything we couldn’t do.  We weren’t necessarily thinking of food at that moment but luckily for all of us, our dear friend Annie had come prepared. She’d had the foresight to pack up a quick snack which truly was one of the simplest yet most delicious salads I’d had in a long time. Packed with carbs, protein, fibre and antioxidants it was the perfect accompaniment to an endorphin filled afternoon. And that pitcher of cold beer my hubby had ordered up for us ;)

Here’s the recipe to Annie’s Chickpea Salad

  • 1 can of organic chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower and/or broccoli flowerets
  • 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • dash of oregano leaves

Toss and enjoy. So fast, so easy, and no excuses like “I don’t have time to cook”!

If you’re aiming for health, vitality and peak performance, don’t forget that your next workout depends on how well you recover from the last one.

Thanks Annie, I know this will become a lunch time staple in our house.

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