This is bacon and potato hash at a whole new level! The combination of chorizo and the nutty peppery flavour of cumin make this simple dish mouth-watering. The performance food of this meal is the combination of ingredients. The sweet potatoes, eggs, spinach and cumin combine to create a dish that is high in fibre, iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin D. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) for fibre is 25-30g, with 7g of fibre in this dish you are well on your way to achieving a happy bowelJ. Iron is an integral component of haemoglobin which transports oxygen to the working muscles. Iron deficiency tends to be most prevalent in female endurance athletes and has been found to have a negative impact on running performance. The RDA for female athletes is set at the same level as non-exercising females at 14.8 mg/d, although it is suggested that it should be 70% higher. This dish will help boost iron intake with 4.5mg of iron per serving. The sweet potatoes and eggs combine to provide a whopping 200% of your Vitamin A RDA, protecting your immune system and making sure that the mitochondria, the power house of your cell, is working properly to provide you with optimum energy.
Athletes living in the northern hemisphere, including Irish athletes have been found to be Vitamin D deficient. With its role in bone health and performance this Vitamin may make a difference in performance preparation. Insufficiency may be linked to an increased risk of stress factor for the athlete, which is becoming more common place for athletes who attend my clinic, leading to considerable losses in training time. Increased Vitamin D levels have also been found to increase strength in deficiency athletes supporting performance goals. Although, the RDA for Vitamin D is hotly debated as being too low for athletes, this meal provides 70% of the RDA to help achieve greater daily intakes.
Packed with performance enhancing nutrients and 48g of carbohydrates to boost glycogen replenishment, this dish is perfect for a weekend brunch, before or after training.
- Serves: 2
- Serving size: 1
- Calories: 515kcal
- Fat: 23g
- Carbohydrates: 48g
- Protein: 25g
- 1 large sweet potato, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 60g of chorizo
- 4 eggs
- 4 large handfuls of spinach
- ½ a chopped red onion
- 1 clove of crushed garlic
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp cumin
- Chop the sweet potato into 4-6 chunks and steam or microwave until soft. When cooked, chop into smaller chunks.
- When the sweet potato are nearly cooked cut the chorizo into pieces and cook over low heat.
- Stir to make sure it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Using the oil form the chorizo, add the onion, garlic and cumin and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add some olive oil if there is not enough oil from the chorizo.
- Once the onion is soft add the spinach and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Add the sweet potato to the mixture and stir to ensure all of the flavours combine with the food.
- Fry the eggs separately in some olive oil.
- Serve with the eggs on top, which are included in the calories below.