All posts by: Kirsty

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Dietary nitrates, which are found in large quantities in beetroot, leafy greens and rhubarb, have been shown to reduce the oxygen cost of exercise and improve cycling TT performance. To read more about this please see our blog “Beet your best this season”. (Read it over a cup of tea and a large slice of […]

Do you ever feel a hankering for one of those famous Aussie burgers you could get at every milk bar by the beach in summer? You know the kind that is dripping with tomato sauce and loaded with all the extras including pineapple rings and beetroot? It was one of the quintessential tastes of growing […]

Ingredients ½ Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 small brown onion, finely chopped 1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely grated 4 tbsp chopped walnuts 1 medium beetroot peeled and grated 2 tsp mild curry powder 2 x 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed 2 Tbsp chopped coriander ¼ C quinoa flakes   Dressing (Optional) […]

A few weeks back I was contacted by David from Coconut Groove about trialling his new product “Clean Energy”. David pitched it as a natural alternative to Red Bull, V, and other energy drinks. He explained that it could be used before, during, or after physical activity, or before a mental task, to help you […]

This recipe is the first in a series of 20 min plant-based meals that will appear over the next few months. In an ideal world without training, work, or other family commitments I would grown the produce in my own garden and boiled the blackbeans and quinoa from scratch. Having chosen to run my own […]

There is not a clinic day that goes by that I don’t take a supplement history from an athlete that includes a magnesium tablet or powder. It seems to be an almost universally accepted notion that magnesium supplementation will assist in preventing (exercise associated) muscle cramps. So let’s see if it is worthy of taking […]

Whether we are frying some haloumi for a weekend breakfast, swapping out butter in baking for canola oil, or adding a splash of olive oil to stop our pasta from going gluggy (a tip from Maggie Beers I learnt on the weekend); most of us have a staple bottle, or two in our pantries. But […]

If you’re a runner it’s not uncommon that at some stage mid-stride you have experienced that literally bowel wrenching feeling of urgency to find the ‘facilities’ in a hurry! Approximately 30-50% of distance runners have had exercise-related intestinal problems (de Olivera 2011). If you are part of the fairer sex, unfortunately you are more likely […]

Most Australians have too much salt. In 2013 the Australian government signed up to the Global Salt Reduction targets, set by the World Health Organisation, to reduce our mean salt intake by 30% by 2025 (WHO,2016). It is well known that high intakes of salt increase our risk of heart disease and stroke. However, salt […]