As we all know, exercising creates stress on our body, increasing the production of free radicals. “These are charged atomic particles that bounce around your system causing little sparks of damage. Getting in antioxidants, either from food sources or supplements, helps neutralize these micro terrorists”, Oxygen Magazine.1
A study in Nutrition Journal showed that consuming walnuts is a great way to reduce this oxidative stress. Walnuts contain nutrients that help reduce the stress caused by intense workouts.2
Walnuts are a slow-digesting source of beneficial fats and protein and a great antioxidant.
My own recipe: Walnuts with a sweet twist.
I’ve been cooking sweet walnuts for years now. They’re a delicious snack or dessert offering the perfect balance of sweetness. Try them on a plain yogurt after a workout or as part of your breakfast. And even use this recipe as a homemade gift.
- Cup of walnuts
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Simple and easy.
- Put the walnuts in a pan, and stir for 1 minute or so at high temperature
- Add the maple syrup gradually at high temperature and stir until it boils
- Put your walnuts on a plate and sprinkle the Himalayan pink salt, mix and then let it cool down
- Serve or put in a jar
- McGlashan MFA CPT, Oxygen Magazine, November 5, 2014
- Nutrition Journal, January 2014