The sports nutritionist reveals the vegetarian diet that keeps her fuelled

BREAKFAST ‘I always have a cup of tea first thing, while I catch up with the news. Then I spend an hour working out at home, alternating yoga with either a weights circuit or running. I used to train with heavy weights in the gym for many years (I’m a former British bodybuilding champion!) but I prefer a more flexible routine nowadays. After that, breakfast is a big bowl of Greek yoghurt with bananas, raspberries walnuts and honey.’ SUPPLEMENTS ‘I take an omega-3 algae supplement. Apart from that, my food provides all the nutrients I need.’

LUNCH ‘I work in my office at home most days, so lunch is often leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, say a chickpea curry or veggie stew. Otherwise it’s soup in the winter or a colourful salad with avocado and goats cheese in the summer. I like to make a big batch of soup with root veg and lentils, enough for several meals.’ DRINKS ‘I’m a massive tea drinker! I probably drink around eight cups a day: chai, builder’s, earl grey, chamomile, fennel… there’s always a cuppa on my desk!’

DINNER ‘Weekday dinners are always simple and quick to prepare, and I have a repertoire of warming curries, dahls, one-pot stews and stir-fries that I make on weekday evenings. In the warmer months, I love making a huge, delicious salad with roast vegetables, beans and falafels. Lots of people think vegetarian cooking is time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be if you have a stock of tinned beans, tomatoes, packets of cooked grains, vegetable Bouillon, nuts and some interesting herbs and spices.’

FOOD PHILOSOPHY ‘I’m a lifelong vegetarian. I don’t expect everyone to eat the same way as me; I just believe eating a diet without meat is healthier, more compassionate and more sustainable.’ TOP WORKOUT FOODS ‘Milk is a great recovery food – and there’s tons of research to support it – but I prefer getting it in the form of Greek yoghurt (with extra fruit and nuts). It’s loaded with protein and naturally contains lots of the particular amino acids needed for muscle recovery.’

‘As a qualified nutritionist and former elite athlete, Anita knows exactly what she needs to eat to keep her body healthy and in great shape. Her diet shows that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated and that you don’t need protein powders, sports drinks and supplements – you can get almost everything from real food. A glass of milk or some yoghurt after a training session provides a good combination of protein, carbs and fluids to refuel and repair muscles. Getting enough omega-3 fats can be tricky for vegetarians so a supplement is a good idea. I also recommend a vitamin D supplement, particularly in winter.’

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