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Five seasonal cycling superfoods

Broad beans
BikesEtc
9 May 2016

Delicious, seasonal health-boosters to fuel your endeavours in the saddle.

With the likes of Asda recently launching its phenomenally cheap ‘wonky veg’ box (£3.50 for 5kg of misshapen seasonal veg!) there’s no excuse for not getting healthy wholefoods on your plate. But what seasonal stunners will help supercharge your cycling efforts?

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Why eat it?

It’s rammed with calcium, so ideal for improving bone density – a common health problem for cyclists.

How to buy it?

Choose flat stalks that aren’t curled or limp. Look for deep-red stalks, too, they’re sweeter.

How to store it?

Refrigerate in a plastic bag. Eat within five days.

How to eat it?

Cut off the stems, dice it, boil it for 10mins and serve with sugar-free natural Greek yoghurt for a tangy treat.

Peas

peas

Why eat them?

They’re rich in protein – with around 7g in a typical serving – so a perfect food for a weight-conscious cyclist’s diet.

How to buy them?

Choose firm, bright-green, medium-sized pods that display no signs of decay. Otherwise go frozen – they’ll likely be fresher.

How to store them?

Put them in a perforated plastic bag and refrigerate for up to five days

How to eat them?

Shell them, pop them in boiling water for 2 minutes and serve with wholegrain rice and steamed, skinless chicken.  

Asparagus

Asparagus

Why eat it?

Rich in the antioxidant glutathione which has been shown to combat upper respiratory tract infections (ie coughs and colds).

How to buy it?

Choose odourless stalk with dry, tight tips. Avoid limp or wilted ones.

How to store it?

Wrap in a wet paper towel, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate for up to four days.

How to eat it?

Chop off the hard ends, boil for 2mins then wrap it in smoked salmon for a quick nutritious snack.

Strawberries

Strawberries

Why eat them?

Their antioxidant phenols have been shown in studies to ease both asthma and arthritis – so good for your lungs and your joints. 

How to buy them?

Pick ones that are shiny and firm with a bright-red colour. The caps should be fresh, green and intact.

How to store them?

Don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat them. Keep refrigerated for up to three days.

How to eat them?

Cut off the caps, wash them, dice them and sprinkle them on oatmeal breakfast cereals instead of sugar to add a healthy blast of sweetness. 

Broad Beans

Broad beans

Why eat them?

These contain the nutrient L-DOPA that some studies have linked to increased motivation levels. 

How to buy them?

Look for firm, heavy pods without markings.

How to store them?

Keep them in a plastic bag in the salad drawer of your fridge for up to a week.

How to eat them?

Shell and blanch in boiling water for 2mins for a perfect addition to salads, soups and casseroles.

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