We all know we need to eat good carbohydrates and protein post-workout but how you do that can get monotonous and slightly boring.
Once you understand the fundamentals of re-fuelling, building a meal that achieves those targets is simple. All you need to do is make sure you tick all the boxes.
This breakfast pizza fills all your post-workout breakfast criteria.
Now some people fear carbohydrates but your muscles need them to restore their energy source, glycogen. If you don’t do this properly you will not only fatigue your muscles but you will also fatigue yourself.
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The base of this recipe is a whole wheat flour flatbread, an unrefined, whole source of carbohydrates that breaks down slowly and feeds you and your muscles. Look for one that is additive-free and feel free to source one made from another type of flour such as spelt.
Most people know that proteins are your building blocks. During a workout you break your muscles down and the protein helps to restore your muscles and make them stronger.
Egg, hummus and feta are all very good sources of protein and together they account for a substantial amount of your daily intake. Buy your hummus as natural as possible or give making it a go at home!
On top of that, this breakfast pizza contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well as warming paprika which all aid in reducing post-workout inflammation that naturally occurs from working your body so hard.
This takes no time at all to whip up and can be left in the oven to cook while you go and shower.
Practicality is key as many of us are time poor in the morning so this recipe has been created to be fast yet fulfilling.
It’s time to get pizza making!
Middle Eastern Breakfast Pizza
Makes 1 Pizza
- 1 piece of whole flour flatbread, gluten free if required
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp hummus
- 1 tbsp feta
- 1 small tomato, diced
- Salt and pepper
Toppings: Diced cucumber, roughly torn coriander or basil, paprika, olive oil
How to make
- Heat your oven to 200 degrees and prepare a baking tray with baking paper
- Prepare your pizza by spreading the hummus onto the flatbread, sprinkle with salt and pepper, scatter the diced tomato and crumble the feta on top. Once all your toppings are spread out, crack the egg into the centre and place the pizza into the oven. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the bread is golden and the egg is cooked to your liking
- Once your pizza is ready, remove it from the oven and add the remaining toppings including cucumber, herbs, paprika and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and then enjoy!
- This pizza is best served right away but if you are inclined to pre-prepare, you can cook your pizza a day in advance and heat it the next day when you are back from your workout
- Vegan option: Omit the egg and feta and substitute for tofu or tempeh as well as non-dairy cheese or you could add pinenuts instead
- Dairy-free option: Omit the feta and substitute for a non-dairy or lactose-free cheese
Roberta of Naturo Medico is a Naturopathic Practitioner who specialises in preventative care and women’s health. From her Melbourne-based clinic, Roberta sees women of all ages wanting to meet their own health goals and assists them on their path with personalised treatments specific to their needs.
Alongside practice, Roberta shares healthful and nutrient-rich recipes with her readers who inspire her to continue educating on what health and wellbeing means and how it can be achieved.
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