Nutritious and Delicious: Great Trek Edition

When preparing for a long running event such as the Great Trek 8km run, a pre-competition meal is very crucial for success! Proper diet considerations will allow you to maintain normal sugar levels and prevent common performance issues such as muscle fatigue, light headedness or blurred vision.
The goal of the pre-competition meal is to enhance your stamina and endurance. It is very important to consume the right amount, eating too much may result in stomach cramps, eating too little may result in a lack of energy. Carbohydrates are the ideal pre-competition foods as they digest quickly and are the body’s first source of energy. Popular choices include pasta, cereal, and oatmeal.
Another important factor to consider is the time of consumption. With morning events, eat a high carbohydrate dinner before. In addition, eat a light meal 2-3 hours before competition. When approaching competition date, always consum foods that your body is familiar with. Introducing new types of foods in your system may not always settle well.
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Chicken and broccoli pasta is a great pre-competition meal as it provides an ideal balance of carbs, protein and fiber!
Ingredients
1/2 lb. of desired type of pasta
2 cups of fresh broccoli florets
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 lb. chicken breast, sliced into small bits
A can of diced tomatoes
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil leaves
Instructions
First cook chicken until slightly brown. Add broccoli, onion, and dice tomatoes and stir well. Cover and turn down the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Once completed, add pasta and cook for until tender. Add basil and Parmesan cheese, enjoy!

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