We're primed to hack it on the race course after a helluva long year. Are you? Sure, true to your unstoppable grit, determination, and perseverance, you've done your best to stay OCR-ready while sheltering at home. But with Spartan races back in full swing, it's time to clean up your nutrition program and ditch poor pandemic habits once and for all. In partnership with Renaissance Periodization, we created a four-part MACROS 101 series to optimize your nutrition so you can get faster, stronger, and prevent injury. Download the free nutrition plan and use these healthy recipes to inspire your next meal. We've got you covered for your most EPIC return to racing ever. AROO!
Colds suck (and can seriously set you back in your training). The good news? We've got you covered with this epic chicken noodle soup recipe chock-full of veggies and herbs that support your immune system so you can return to flipping tires ASAP.
Believe it or not, chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties and helps relieve congestion by reducing the movement of white blood cells in your upper respiratory tract. In other words, when your mom made it for you as a kid, she was on to something.
"Oh man, I can’t tell you how much I love this soup," says Nick Shaw, co-founder of Renaissance Periodization and nutrition coach to OCR elites, CrossFit champions, UFC fighters, Navy SEALs, Olympians and more. "I always make some in the wintertime, either when I get a craving, or when I’m fighting a cold. It comes together easily and is so fresh and flavorful."
Pro Tip: "It’s also a great way to use leftover cooked chicken," says Shaw. "And with no carbs to count, this is a perfect protein dish for when you’re in a deep into a carb cut."
- Cook leeks in a small amount of chicken broth.
- Add salt, pepper and three garlic cloves, and sauté until garlic softens.
- Add in remaining chicken broth, chicken and thyme, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add in zucchini and cook 5-10 minutes more, until veggies reach desired tenderness.
- Finish with more thyme or any other herbs you like.