Laila Ali, daughter of boxer Muhammad Ali, has her own blog that covers food, fitness, health and wellness. She also has a podcast, and is the host of OWN’s Home Made Simple show. She has a cookbook coming out next week with some of the recipes she has developed. It is called Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours!
She has always enjoyed cooking and when she became a boxer, she knew she had to eat right. She has some very tempting and healthy recipes on her blog.
You may have seen her on TV on Dancing with the Stars, or hosting American Gladiators with Hulk Hogan. She’s also made appearances on Chopped: All Stars, Celebrity Wife Swap, and Celebrity Apprentice.
This is her latest recipe on her blog from Home Made Simple:
Jody Victor found an aricle from ABC News that tells us about some foods to help get us in shape. Here is their list:
Beet juice: aids in stamina. They state that research shows it may be more effective than caffeine.
Honey: help with endurance. Consuming honey before exercise acts like a “time-released” fuel keeping sugar and insulin levels steady longer.
Pea protein: delays muscle fatigue. You can this in powder form. Since it’s rich in amino acids it can delay fatigue during exercise.
Blueberries: reduces inflammation. When fresh blueberries aren’t available, you can use dried or freeze-dried berries.
Tart cherries: fight pain and regain strength. In a test, it was found that drinking 12 oz of tart cherry juice twice a day helped them gain strength. Frozen, dried, or juice options.
Salmon: to build muscle. Omega-3 fatty acids may also be a muscle booster. Try to include wild salmon in meals a few times a week, or even salmon jerky.
Watermelon: reduces muscle soreness. It was found that watermelon juice helped relieve muscle soreness when drinking about 16oz an hour before exercise. ‘
Pomegranate: muscle strength recovery. It was found by researchers that it helps improve muscle recovery. About 4 ounces of juice was enough to help improve muscle soreness/weakness.
Coffee: for next-day energy. It helps replenish glycogen more rapidly after exercise.
Watercress: reduce DNA damage. It counters the “wear and tear” of exercise. 3 oz. of fresh watercress was enough.
Dark chocolate: curb exercise-induced stress. In a study, the men who consumed 3.5 oz. dark chocolate before 2 1/2 hours of cycling experienced higher blood anti-oxidant levels. Yum!
~ Steve Victor