Thursday 23 November 2017

Karl Henry: health, fitness, nutrition - on your bike

Karl Henry
Karl Henry
Sweet potatoes are a super source of slow-release carbs

Karl Henry

I am a runner, walker, swimmer, surfer, mountain biker and cyclist. I am passionate about health and helping people get healthy. It is so fantastic to see Dublin and soon other cities around Ireland transformed by the City Bike scheme. Just a few thoughts, though.

- Remember to adjust your saddle so that your leg, when extended towards the floor, is only 85-90% straight, never fully straight

- Try using your hand to indicate your directions. If you're turning left/right then let others know about it; the more others know, the safer you will be.

Sweet potatoes

Are a super source of slow-release carbs and a healthy alternative to chips when they are roasted in the oven. These are a great accompaniment to any dinner. Serves two.

You will need:

3 medium sweet potatoes

1 pack of cajun spice mix

2 tablespoons of coconut oil


Preheat an oven to 180 degrees. Slice the sweet potatoes into strips. Place in a bowl, add the oil and mix with your hands. Sprinkle the cajun spice mix to taste. Place on a baking tray and place in the oven for approx. 20-25 min, or until soft and lightly browned.

The whole truth

With such an emphasis on the health benefits of wholegrain carbohydrates, it's great to see restaurants finally coming on board and giving people the option. High five to Yamamori on George's Street, Dublin, for offering brown rice sushi and brown rice/noodle options across their entire menu.

If you own or run a restaurant, then why haven't you gone brown? Give consumers the healthier options and watch what they choose.

Have a weekly goal

Do it now, write down exactly what you want to achieve by this day next week. Tear off the page and place it in the back of your front door. Now you have a focus for the week, something to work towards. Let's see if you can make it happen...

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