If there’s one thing all fitness people have in common – whether they’re powerlifters, bodybuilders, CrossFitters, marathon runners, or bikini competitors – it’s that we all love food. Food in massive amounts. Healthy food and not-so-healthy food. It fuels our workouts, helps us recover, and generally makes us happy!
Some fitness people look forward to their epic cheat meal like most look forward to Christmas, and there is nothing like eating a massive meal after a hard workout. I still remember how that plate of fish, chips, and mushy peas gave me life after running the Manchester Marathon.
I try not to separate food into good and bad, though I do try to focus on creating meals from scratch using mainly vegetables, fresh meat and wholegrain carbs. However, I love the thought of going wild on food with no associated guilt every so often, and that’s exactly what I did this past weekend at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival!
I went along with the intention of just looking at some food and appreciating it for the skill and fresh ingredients that went into them. That didn’t happen, of course. As soon as I walked into the festival hub I was greeted with delicious cooking smells – from barbecued meats, to spicy curries, to sweet crepes. It was immediately decided that my boyfriend and I would have our tea there that night.
But what to choose..? It was tough going as I could have happily eaten every single thing from the different stalls. Chris started out with a burger from the Vietnamese stand. Named the Mac, it was a much fresher version of the Maccy D’s burger, filled with pork, lettuce, carrot, with a char siu-style sauce. I had a chicken burger from Splendid Kitchen, which was milk-battered chicken with sriracha, garlic mayo and avocado. I could talk about how the macros were fairly balanced, which is true, but I actually just enjoyed it for what it was – delicious!
I snapped up the final avocado brownie from the Latin American food stand. I’m going to have a go at making these myself; it was super moist and gooey thanks to the avocado in, which of course provided good fats – essential for bodily functions – and tasty noms, essential for a happy belly.
Finally, we finished ourselves off with crepes. Chris had peanut butter with salted caramel, and I opted for Nutella (obviously – it’s the FitFam’s cheat spread of choice) and marshmallows. Absolutely epic. These three courses were over the space of a couple of hours, washed down with a couple of pints in between, which of course are isotonic and provide the body with essential hydration (.. Ahem). We were stuffed. But then our mate Gaz turned up and had a Thai beef curry, which I could have happily eaten and started the whole process again!
All in all, a brilliant day or night out for foodies. I’d recommend visiting the day after leg day when your belly is like a bottomless pit for optimum eating opportunity. The festival is on until the 21st of September, so I’m hoping to get at least one more visit in before it closes – my body needs those gains, and my belly wants the noms.