A staple of Middle East, tahini is a delicious paste with a very high mineral content that can be made at home in minutes using one of the healthiest foods.
Tahini is a paste originating from Middle East with a very special and unique taste. It is well known as an ingredient for hummus and dips, but it can be used on its own too.
It can be prepared at home in a few minutes using only a few ingredients. The main ingredients are sesame seeds, that can be unhulled or hulled, as well raw or roasted. Also you may add water and oil to it, but it is not necessary. There are a lot of different variations of tahini depending on the ingredients used.
Sesame seeds are famous for their mineral content and are considered as one of the healthiest foods. Unhulled sesame seeds contain much more nutrients than hulled seeds — calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium, etc. Therefore it is a good idea to use unhulled seeds even if they have a slightly bitter taste. Sesame seeds have also a high content of fats and protein.
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An easy to make sports drink to refuel during and after vigorous exercise.
During long-lasting activities you will lose water and some important electrolytes — salts and minerals — through sweat, and burn a lot of calories. Therefore it is important to refuel during and after such activities.
The exact amounts lost depend on the type of the activity, its duration and intensity, and of course the weather plays a major role, too. For example, on average I lose one liter of water and burn 500 kcal during one hour of running — can’t measure the amount of salts and minerals lost.
Drinking sports drinks is probably the easiest way of refueling. You can find a ton of different brands offering their drinks. These are usually very similar to each other, made of water, fructose, glucose and other sugars, and electrolytes. These drinks are usually expensive and may contain some unhealthy stuff.
It is very easy to make your own sports drink and all you need are a few basic ingredients.
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