Liz Earle’s Luscious Lean Leek Juicing Recipe

There is no doubt that leek juice is an acquired taste so do not add too much the first time you try this! Leeks are very rich in sulphur, and therefore great for detoxing, and hugely strong flavour (they will make your eyes water too)! Be sure to juice them with something sweet to counteract the strong flavour. Coriander is rich in vitamins and minerals, and adds a wonderful earthy flavour to this juice.

Leek and Cheese Muffins

The perfect snack after a strength training session provides carbohydrate to replenish muscle glycogen, the body’s premium source of fuel for strenuous exercise and protein to repair and regenerate muscle fibres damaged during exercise. The presence of amino acids in the bloodstream and their availability to muscle cells is vital for repair and growth after exercise. The most rapidly digested protein is whey, found predominantly in milk and dairy products. Once digested, whey protein delivers high levels of amino acids that seem to stimulate growth and repair of the muscles. These muffins deliver on both counts there is plenty of carbohydrate from the flour and whey protein from the milk and cheese, nicely flavoured with the leek and tomatoes.

Leek and Oat Savoury Pancakes

When it comes to endurance events the key is plenty of carbohydrate in the diet. Carbohydrate is the fuel your muscles use while you are exercising but stores in the body are small, so a regular intake of carbohydrate-rich foods is necessary to keep them topped up. Low stores will result in poor performance and increase the risk of injury. Choose carbohydrate foods that release their energy slowly such as the oats used in this pancake recipe and flavoured with the leeks and tomatoes.