Kelly Bowers …
It’s 4.30am and you’re on the way to an event .. You’ve so far managed a quick coffee and half a packet of Jaffa cakes whilst getting multiple horses plaited and on the Lorry . You’re tired but the excitement of the day ahead is getting your blood pumping .. Before you know it you’ll have walked both courses got on, got off, got on, got off , got on, got off ( possibly a few more times as well ) and then you’ve finished . During this time you might have managed a bottle of water and a banana if you’re really organised ! Any of this sound familiar ?
Why is it when it comes to us ‘horsey folk’ we ensure our four legged partners want for nothing and have the absolute best of everything and yet we riders , athletes as well , cut so many corners when it comes to our nutrition that it’s amazing we don’t pass out halfway round the XC !!
Don’t get me wrong , I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who do make an effort but my money would be on 70+ % of people competing at BE events are not getting their recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables a day , especially on compettition days !!
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Starting your day with a nutritious healthy breakfast will give you energy and give your metabolism a kick start. So what is the ideal healthy breakfast ? Here’s a few ideas;
Eggs, omelette/poached/ or hard boiled are best.
Plant based protein shake
Having a protein rich breakfast really sets you up for the day and keeps you fuller for longer. Avoid sugary cereals and complex carbohydrates such a toast for breakfast, these types of food will not keep you full for any length of time and the energy burst will be short lived.
Protein shakes are perfect for riders and especially for those competition days when you need to grab and go! Not only are they quick easy and convenient but incredibly yummy too. You wouldn’t expect your horse to perform and concentrate on an empty stomach so why should you.
For more info on clean eating and making a few easy healthy swaps without your diet please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Rider-Nutrition-Project-1080560651974647/
Wishing you all a successful season
From the rider nutrition project team
Rider nutrition project is a small business promoting health and well being for riders around the world. We are a small team of equine enthusiasts and are always on the look out for new team members. Our mission is to help riders feel amazing from the inside out. We spend so much time focusing on our horses nutrition but seem to neglect our own. We are on a mission to change this. To find out more please visit our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Rider-Nutrition-Project-1080560651974647/