Carbo loading with Fruits

Strange as it may be, I love fruits and nuts as part of my carbo load meal before a race. Even when I was running 100km over a weekend as part of my preparation for Craze Ultra or for that matter any endurance run, I love the juicy goodness of such meals that works to nourish and hydrate the body. And there's more to carbo loading than just stuffing our faces with bananas!

To make the best of what Mother Nature has to offer, I work with a mix of local and seasonal fruits. And if you are living in the tropics like I do, you will be surprise that we also have our fair share of superfood in the form of fruits including dragon fruit and guava!

This morning's fruit platter makes the best of the seasonal Mandarin oranges that is plentiful with Chinese New Year drawing close. Almonds and sunflower seed for additional proteins and some good fats. Banana is the usual norm for potassium and magnesium to prevent cramps.

Guava is pretty much available all year long in Malaysia. As this was from my neighbour's garden and free from pesticides etc, I served it together with the peel for extra flavours and nutrition. the guava is a humble looking fruit yet is actually being classified as a superfood. A very affordable one too compared to imported ones.
And in case you wonder why I say guava is a superfood? A 100g serving of guava gives us a good portion of our daily RDA nutrition needs:
• 380% Vitamin C
• 21% Vitamin A
• 12% Potassium
• 6% Magnesium
• 22% Dietary Fibre
• 5% Protein
• 11.5% Carbohydrate
• A moderate source of B-complex vitamins including pantothenic acid, niacin and pyridoxine (vitamin-B6)

Green guava, mandarin oranges, banana and topped with almonds and sunflower seed

Popular bananas and watermelon also appear as my favourite pre race diet. As usual, I would add on nuts and seeds for bite and because I need some extra protein for the body to recover from a race or training session. Good protein options includes hardboiled eggs. I also add kefir and yogurt which I make on my own for protein and probiotics to ensure good gut health.

Banana, watermelon, pumpkin seed and sesames seeds.
Do you know that 2 bananas goes a long way to fuel a 90 minutes run easily? Watermelon is a juicy way to hydrate pre and post races. Instead of chucking down an extra litre of water a few days before race day, I often resort to watermelon as a form of hydration and good sugars.
Looks like acai bowl but it is really a commonly found Dragonfruit (Pitaya) that I blended with some kefir and topped with assorted nuts and seeds. Loads of flavour and essentially easy to prep. Do you know that the Dragonfruit is also another superfood with the seeds being a good source of fatty acids?
Fruits, nuts on a lovely bed of greens and some homemade kefir 
There are some days when I want regular carbs. Bread with homemade nut butters topped with banana and more almonds!
Almost Christmas colours. A mix of local, imported fruits, assorted seeds including lotus seeds and added egg for protein!

So there is definitely more than just breads, pasta, potato, rice or banana for carbo loading fun! The above are some of my favourites that I have taken on a regular basis especially before the weekend long runs or in today's instance of prepping for Sunday's #TwincityMarathon that requires me to run a whole lot faster than how I would normally do for ultras.  These favourites also do not make me sleepy after I have had a big portion of them. Have fun with your carbo loading!

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