If like us, you’ve been trying to cook a little more while you’re at home, try new recipes, or maybe eat healthier to combat moving around less, then we’ve got some recipes for you to try courtesy of Swim Bake Run. Leanne Parry created the baking, recipe and triathlon blog Swim Bake Run and shares some recipes for us all to try. Leanne said: “During social distancing and ‘lockdown’ I’ve found baking and cooking to be a real focus for morale and well-being. Working from home I currently have a bit more time than normal to focus on my food and I’m coming up with new ideas and writing recipes all the time. I hope you’ll enjoy these recipes and maybe get the family involved and cook along too!”
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
This is essentially cake for breakfast and it is a bit naughty because it’s got some lovely dark chocolate chips in it but my goodness it’s delicious. Oats are a staple ingredient for most of us and we’ve all got some over-ripe bananas kicking around so it only takes a few more ingredients for this recipe. Whether you eat this fresh out of the oven or bake it, cut into slices and store in the fridge ready for the next few days, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Eaten hot or cold, it’s yummy topped with fresh yoghurt and sliced banana.
Follow along with the full recipe here.
Chorizo and Bean Stew
This recipe for my Chorizo Bean Stew will win over even the fussiest of eaters and can be made in bulk and reheated for a few extra meals! Tomatoes are a great source of fibre, vitamin C, potassium and vitamin K as well as having health benefits including heart and skin health. Cannellini beans are an excellent source of fibre, iron magnesium and ¼ cup serving contains 11g protein! What’s not to love? Click here to follow the recipe.
Superfood and Feta Frittata
A frittata for me is one of the BEST meal prep ideas. Also during lockdown, I’m trying to minimize wasting any food at all and cutting down our trips to the supermarket to once per week. A frittata base ingredients: onion, potatoes, eggs and cheese, can be packed with anything else you’ve got kicking around in the fridge or freezer. In this recipe, I’ve used kale, spinach and sweet potato with feta cheese for a punchy finish. Kale contains fibre, antioxidants, calcium and vitamin K. Spinach contains folate, potassium, vitamins A, C & E, zinc, protein, calcium and iron. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fibre, iron, calcium and selenium as well as Vitamins B & C. Follow the recipe here.
Sticky Toffee Flapjacks
I don’t think there are many runners out there that don’t like flapjacks. I do have a sweet tooth and I often have a snack mid/late-afternoon especially if I’m training later that day. There’s nothing worse than feeling lethargic or hungry right before a good training session. My husband’s favourite pudding is Sticky Toffee pud so I wondered if I could combine the two and these are just epic. Refined sugar-free, these bars are made using dates, water, maple syrup and oats and spiced with ginger too. Dates are an incredible nutritional ingredient, containing antioxidants, great for blood sugar balances with a low GI impact as well as being high in fibre. Click here for full recipe.
About Swim Bake Run
Leanne Parry is the creator behind the blog Swim Bake Run: “I’ve been passionate about food and nutrition since I took up running and triathlon seriously 5 years ago. It’s referred to as the ‘4th discipline’ in triathlon and you simply can’t out-train a bad diet. I’m not a qualified nutritionist but I fill my meals with wholesome meals and snacks, made from scratch and packed with nutritious ingredients. However, I’m not superwoman and normally I work away a lot so I have to plan ahead and be organized with meals to ensure I eat a balanced diet that powers me through the week and keeps me happy!
I never used to be 'fit' or athletic and I have struggled with my weight in my younger years. This resulted in yo-yo, obsessive dieting, and bad habits all around. I got into running at University which grew into triathlon when I met my husband Mark. He had been 'tri-ing' for a few years and I'd always wanted to do on – I'd just been afraid to try. 5 years later and I have raced all distances including Ironman Austria in 2018 as well as 3 marathons before that. So, I know what it is like to live a busy lifestyle, train for 3 disciplines and feel the need for amazing food. For fuel, for health and for happiness.”
Find more baking, recipes, and triathlon inspiration from Leanne at https://www.swimbakerun.co.uk/