Ram­say’s train­ing recipes

De­voted to his Iron­man train­ing, Gor­don Ram­say proves you don’t have to sacrifice flavour for fit­ness, says Sally Saun­ders

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Cover Story -

If there’s one thing Gor­don Ram­say knows about, it’s food. The chef, who is also a keen triath­lete, is gath­er­ing a group of 100 in­di­vid­u­als to take part in a new Iron­man triathlon event in Bri­tain this sum­mer. The Iron­man 70.3 Triathlon (iron­man.com) will take place in Stafford­shire on June 14. The chef is now call­ing for en­trants to join Team Ram­say, where they will re­ceive guid­ance, equip­ment and support, in­clud­ing, of course, di­etary ad­vice. But Ram­say has shared some of his favourite recipes to help the rest of us im­prove our health and fit­ness, and get the best out of our­selves. “Fuel is so im­por­tant,” he says. “Ev­ery­one thinks the more you train, the less you eat, but not so.” The chef puts stress on choos­ing the right foods – and eat­ing at the right times – as the key. But he is at an ad­van­tage when it comes to this way of eat­ing. “The triathlon life­style fits into the chef’s life­style,” he ad­mits. “I don’t have break­fast, lunch and din­ner. I eat five times a day – small por­tions.” Bear­ing this in mind, Ram­say and his coach­ing team have cho­sen three very dif­fer­ent recipes to share with us. The first is “green juice” – a favourite with many healthy eaters to start the day. It is made from lots of green, leafy vegetables, which pro­vide an ex­cel­lent source of car­bo­hy­drate for your body, plus nu­tri­ents such as mag­ne­sium, which helps you to re­lease that en­ergy. Fruit and nut bars of­fer another great source of car­bo­hy­drate in the grains and berries, so they are a good pick-me-up or snack when you need a boost. Ram­say’s trainer, Will Usher, says: “This rep­re­sents a good bal­ance as they are eas­ily di­gested while mo­bile, which is very im­por­tant when train­ing for and rac­ing in long en­durance events.” Fi­nally there’s the chicken Niçoise – an ex­cit­ing twist on the tra­di­tional tuna dish. This ver­sion is packed with pro­tein, which is hugely im­por­tant for those train­ing hard. “Pro­tein is es­sen­tial for help­ing the body to build stronger mus­cles and aids in re­cov­ery,” says Usher. “This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant when train­ing for an en­durance event like triathlon, as the vol­ume of train­ing is high.” So that’s the food sorted, now let the train­ing com­mence! To join Team Ram­say, a mem­ber­ship fee of £1,500 ap­plies with a com­mit­ment to raise £2,500 to­wards char­i­ties sup­ported by the Gor­don Ram­say Foun­da­tion. Visit www. gor­don­ram­say.com/gr100tele­graph

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