This month, OJ’s Café at the Club, have a range of refuel and protein pots on offer to tickle your taste buds. Our resident Nutritionist, Nick Owen, lifts the lid on their nutritional benefits and explains how they can boost your work out…
Spoilt for choice!
Our range comprises of:
1 x free range egg, quinoa, half an avocado, spinach and lime (£2.50)
2 x free range eggs, spinach and lime (£2.50)
VEGAN mixed beans, spinach and quinoa (£2.20)
Greek yoghurt with blueberries, almond flakes and honey (£2.20)
Greek yoghurt with raspberries and muesli (£2.20)
Eggs – both the white and the yoke are a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals after any kind of work out. Both parts will support your training and lifestyle. The yolk is full of vitamins B12, A, folate and is a good source of vitamin D.
Quinoa is both a protein and carb and ideal for post training. Quinoa supports the replenishment of glycogen in muscles and contains B vitamins, all the essential amino acids and is a good source of fibre.
Avocado is a great source of monounsaturated healthy fat, as well as vitamins and minerals. The mineral, potassium, can reduce blood pressure and maintain it at a healthy level.
Spinach is great for our metabolic system. It’s rich in B vitamins, which are responsible for the metabolic process of turning protein, carbs and fat into energy. It’s also a good source of iron, which is needed to carry oxygen to our muscles to ensure that we can train effectively.
Lime is a great source of anti-oxidants, vitamin A and particularly vitamin C, which help prevent free radical damage to our body.
Mixed beans are a great source of protein, carbs, vitamins, minerals and fibre. This plant based powerhouse can lower cholesterol and blood sugar. They’re also high in B vitamins, which improve the body's ability to metabolise.
Greek yoghurt is a good source of protein, carbohydrate and fat. The yoghurt’s calcium contributes to bone strength, which is needed in everyday life to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Yoghurt supports an effective exercise regime.
Blueberries and raspberries - Berries are particularly good for you after your workout. They are anti-oxidants, which means they replace energy, help build and repair muscle and provide nutrients for concentration and brain function. They also have anti-cancer and anti -aging properties.
Muesli provides carbohydrates to replace lost energy and some fibre.
Honey just adds a bit of sweetness for those with a sweet tooth!
Almonds are good health fats which contain monounsaturated fats and are a good source of omega 3. Good fats contribute to better health, lower cholesterol and are also a good source of fibre to support our digestion.
Timing is everything
Ideally, these pots should be consumed a good hour before working out. We need to let our food digest properly, otherwise we will just feel uncomfortable and won't reap the benefits. Failing to digest will cause the body to focus on trying to digest food and working out at the same time. This means that the blood flow which should be supporting the muscles and training, will be trying to support the digestive process instead.
Part of a balanced diet
These refuel and protein pots are healthier for you than a protein shake or energy bar because they are real ingredients from natural foods, which offer nutrients in their natural state, rather than processed into a powder or energy bar.
Our body needs all the main nutrients - protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. Our pots are designed to get these into your body. they’re not a substitute for a proper nutritious meal a few hours later.
This deal includes all regular raw juices on the menu apart from the ‘apple and banana’ combo and the ‘revitaliser’.
Take advantage of our deal from today!