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Elite nutritionist Freddy Brown reveals his healthy Christmas dinner substitutions for the training combat athlete

30 November 2012    |    0 Comments

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Some fighters thrive on routine. The regimen of a morning run, set meals and regular training leaves many combat athletes at a loss after retirement. However, routine can also be stifling. The same old training and eating the same old foods day after day can cause some fighters to break and attempt to escape the monotony of virtuosity with some bingeing and purging behaviours. Rather than completely reinventing the Christmas dinner, by going down either the Aussie BBQ route or recommending the table-top fondue-style eating of a Dutch festive spread, I’m suggesting some substitutions. These have been chosen to try and introduce some more suitable nutrients into your Christmas meal, whilst also considering the likelihood of a reduced training load over the holiday season. Most importantly, I’ve tried to jazz up the flavours of Xmas excess to offer some tasty alternatives to ingredients people eat only for the sake of Christmas.

BAKED SWEET POTATO/PURPLE MAJESTY INSTEAD OF ROAST POTATOES
Roasties break the golden rule of combining large amounts of fat with a high carb content, however baking or rubbing in the minimum oil can still give a nice finish. Sweet potatoes (orange) or purple majesty are brightly coloured due to their antioxidant pigmentation, shedding light on their greater health benefits. Rich in anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol antioxidant that gives it its colour, the purple majesty demonstrates 10 times as much antioxidant impact as a normal spud. It also contains the high vitamin C content of normal potatoes, while baking this beauty with the skin on will incorporate dietary fibre essential for regulating blood sugar.

To read Freddy Brown's full list of Christmas alternatives, click here to get yourself the latest issue of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

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