Cyclists learn to prepare tasty, healthy food

Some of the 20 OCBC Cycle participants at the SSI workshop getting tips on dishing up nutritious food.
Some of the 20 OCBC Cycle participants at the SSI workshop getting tips on dishing up nutritious food. PHOTO: OCBC CYCLE

Pizzas or shawarmas are not food you would typically think of eating before a long cycling race.

But that is what 20 OCBC Cycle 2016 participants were taught to prepare for their pre-race meals at a healthy cooking workshop the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) held yesterday.

Participants of the workshop learnt how nutritious food can be tasty too, as they whipped up delectable items using ingredients like caramelised onions and poached chicken.

With nutrition a key spoke in the wheel of sporting excellence, race organisers also put this workshop together to ready participants to be in their best shape for the cycling event.

SSI sports dietician Huang Liyan said: "Eating appropriately for sport provides fuel for the competitor and allows riders to ride at their best.

"The recipes taught today focus on increasing nitrate intake that has been shown to improve endurance performance."

The OCBC Cycle will be held from Oct 1-2. For more information, visit www.ocbccycle.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 19, 2016, with the headline 'Cyclists learn to prepare tasty, healthy food'. Print Edition | Subscribe