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!
If you're not an onion or garlic fan, consider trying leeks. This underrated vegetable packs a punch in nutrients that boost your heart health and immune system, and improve your vision. Not to mention, leeks help lower blood pressure, better your digestion and support weight maintenance. But on their own, leeks can be kind of bland. That's where this chicken broth recipe comes in handy.
Bold broth and just a touch of salt and pepper draw out the leeks' sweet flavor, making this a hearty (but not too heavy!) go-to for athletes in training. "If you’ve never had leeks, you’re about to add a new veggie to your repertoire," says Nick Shaw, co-founder of Renaissance Periodization and nutrition coach to OCR elites, CrossFit champions, UFC fighters, Navy SEALs, Olympians and more. "Leeks are a member of the onion family, and have a mild sweet flavor. You’ll cook these until they’re soft and tender. I sometimes put this down on the plate as a bed for a nice piece of fish, too."
Pro Tip: Dislike onions? No sweat. You can use leeks in any recipe as an onion substitute.
*white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced
- Add leeks and chicken broth to a sauté pan and bring to a simmer. Cover pan and let cook for 20 minutes.
- Uncover and continue to simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.