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FoodSaver Guides: Perfect Food Prep Tips for Athletes

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FoodSaver Guides: Perfect Food Prep Tips for Athletes

If you like to get your pulse racing, then you'll know that getting the right food to fuel your exercise is a major part of any regime. And whether you're a seasoned professional or an amateur athlete, then the preparation that goes into what you consume can be as demanding as the workouts, if you don't approach it the right way.

While we're all about dedication when it comes to hitting the weights or the race track, there's plenty of short-cuts, cheats and tricks you can use in the kitchen to help make things easier. From storage advice to cutting down on prep time, here are a few top tips to strengthen your food game.

Smoothies made to measure

Juice and smoothie bars do this, so why shouldn't you? If you're in the habit of making smoothies often, then measure out a 1-cup serving of frozen fruit and add it to a FoodSaver storage bag, along with a serving of frozen greens and store the batches for later. When you need something post-training, blend up the mix with protein powder and a cup of liquid (whatever you like) and you'll be ready to recharge with barely any effort.

Save your scraps and leftovers

Hold onto any scraps or leftovers you might have, no matter how small they are - even if you think there's not enough worth saving. Depending on the leftovers, you can easily make a super quick meal out of these smaller portions. Think of them like tapas; smaller meals that go together quickly and easily so you can eat with minimal preparation.

Man eating out of a containerScraps can become a quick meal in no time.

Let off some steam

You're probably well versed with batch cooking, but the process can be laborious and time-consuming at the best of times. Cutting down on the length it takes to prepare things, where you can, will help massively.

So, when it comes to making your big batch of veggies, steam them until they're about 60% done, and then rinse them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain off, then freeze meal-size portions in a freezer bag. When it's time to make your meals, the thawed veg will only take a minute or so; a quick stir-fry or adding them to whole grains near the end of cooking and you'll be good to go.

Do the legwork of legumes and grains first

Speaking of grains, they always seem to cause unnecessary problems when you're preparing meals, in advance or otherwise. Plus, waiting around for them to cook seems to take an inordinately long time; a watched pot never boils after all.

Cut down on their cooking time by soaking them during the day while you're at work. They'll cook much faster and you can use that time to do something else related to your regime if you wish. When it's cooked, use the FoodSaver system to store portions of your grains for later meals.

Grain bowlSave time preparing grains.

'Tis the season for flavour

Eating right doesn't have to mean feeding yourself bland, flavourless fare. Make up some spice blends to season proteins with, and you'll have something delicious in no time. Take your pre-mixed blends, throw your protein in the bag with some oil or broth, mix it up and cook as you normally would. There are plenty of recipes out there, or you can get creative with your spice rack – the only limit is your imagination (and your palate).

Send your meals to the cooler

If you have pre-made, frozen meals to defrost, then it's a good idea to defrost them in the fridge the night before you plan on eating them. It might take longer, but there's less risk involved. When using a microwave to defrost meals, any bacteria present on or in the food may spread as a result, while there may be uneven defrosting in certain spots. We'd advise not leaving it to chance.

Assorted ingredientsDefrost pre-made meals in the fridge.

Get creative with your quinoa

Quinoa doesn't merely have to be used to bulk-up your savoury dishes. If you're prone to making too much and end up throwing the remains away, you should know above that we're all about holding onto scraps to use elsewhere. The same goes for quinoa.

Make a breakfast quinoa by throwing in some dried berries, nuts and seeds, along with a tablespoon of cinnamon. Mix it up and add half a cup of almond milk over it. Easy and delicious!

Quinoa There are many creative ways to prepare quinoa.

Don't waste limp veggies

By now, you've noticed that we don't like to waste things. Greens like spinach and kale often go limp at a moment's notice, resulting in near-full bags of the stuff going in the bin. If your veggies and greens still have their colour, don't rush out to the shops and buy more, you can make a nutritious meal in no time. Rinse and roughly dice veg like broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, and add them to a blender with a can of coconut milk and a teaspoon of spices like ginger, garlic or paprika and blend everything up. Nutritious and hearty, you could even add some lentils for extra protein punch.

Don't forget, to help the food in this article last a little longer, it can all be stored using the FoodSaver vacuum sealing system to help you save money and reduce food waste. For more information about our innovative vacuum sealers, be sure to visit our homepage.