Understand the role of each food group

DANNY Threapleton usually spends about $160 to $180 on food and sometimes less when he’s working away from home.

He shops every two weeks to top things up like fruits, vegetables or bread when needed with his partner Mereoni Tuikoro.

“For me, its definitely important to have healthy choices at home each week,” said Mr Threapleton.

“However, me and my partner aren’t perfect — we have treats, we eat out and enjoy our food. At home we don’t follow a strict healthy diet, or over binge on unhealthier foods, we try to have a healthy balance between the two. For us balance is key.”

Mr Threapleton said during studies in sports coaching science, he was lucky enough to study nutrition as part of his degree.

“I learnt a lot about a healthy diet and what our bodies need to function,” he said.

“It’s important you understand the role each food group plays and how it benefits your body. Making sure you have an element of carbohydrates, protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and water, you can achieve a balanced diet. One thing I think people should be more aware of are the ingredients in our foods. It’s really important to make sure you check the ingredients list on the back of the product.

For example I was checking for olive oil spray can for cooking at home. Before buying I checked the contents and it was only 20 per cent pure olive oil, the rest was Canola and soya bean oil, which aren’t good for you.”

Some of their usual shopping list of items include Rewa Milk/Almond Milk (for protein shakes), one small peanut butter crunchy spread, Mana Whey protein choc 1kg (monthly), Harvest Oats/ Weet-Bix, eggs, chicken, tin tuna, tin sardines. Other items include potatos, Chinese cabbage, cucumbers, avocados, bananas, apples and oranges, one pack chicken Maggi noodles, pasta tagatelle and pasta sauce (two cans) and whole grain rice to name a few.

Mr Threapleton adds for anyone who uses Instagram, a great account to follow for all things health is @livevitae – based in England.

“I always think of food as fuel, like for a car — if you don’t give the car the correct fuel it needs, it won’t work,” said Mr Threapleton.

His breakfast/post workout oats recipe is as follows:

* 1x pack of rolled oats

* 1 x scoop of Mana Whey protein chocolate (or) 3x tablespoons of milo powder

* 1/2 a carton of milk

* 2 x chopped bananas

* Finish with a sprinkle of coconut shavings

* Once finished, mix all together, cover and place in the fridge to soak overnight. Next day, enjoy — great for a pre and post workout to fuel and refuel.

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