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Nutrition Apr 17 Oaty Banana Bread

Finding it hard to fit in your swims and fuel yourself properly? Here's the first of three recipes for the time-poor outdoor swimmer from nutritionist Kathy Findlay


Fitting swimming into a busy work/life schedule can be a challenge, so here is a quick and easy snack for you to scoff before you head to the water straight after work and something to dip into post swim before heading home for a proper recovery meal.

To lift you from the mid-afternoon slump and boost your energy levels you’ll need some fast acting carbs for energy, slower release carbs to keep you going during the swim, a touch of potassium to prevent cramping and maybe some B vitamins to help with that release of energy. Make sure you’re suitably hydrated too by sipping 6mls of water per kg of bodyweight in the few hours before your swim.

Oaty banana bread

This is an absolute gem for pre- and post-workout nutritional requirements. The bread ingredients themselves contain the carbs needed to fuel you and all you need do is add a topping of choice to tailor it to pre- or post-swim requirements. Make a few loaves and keep them in an airtight container to be used all week. Makes a 500g loaf.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/ gas mark 4 and grease a loaf tin
  2. Mix together 40g oats, 175g plain flour, 75g wholemeal flour, 30g flaxseeds, 1 tsp baking powder and 1⁄2 tsp bicarb of sod
  3. Lightly mash 1 banana, adding 175ml soya milk, 50ml yoghurt, 1 tsp cider vinegar, 50ml sunflower oil and 100ml honey (or agave)
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine until well mixed, then stir through 50g chopped walnuts.

  5. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour, covering loosely after 45 minutes to prevent catching on top.

  6. Cool in the tin then turn out.

    Spread slices of the bread with your choice of yeast extract, mashed avocado, more banana or jam/ marmalade within 1-2 hours of your swim to see you through your session.

    Spread slices with nut butters, hummus, minted pea dip (fresh or frozen green peas, lemon juice, garlic, mint leaves, olive oil and a pinch of salt whizzed up) post-swim to recover well in preparation for your next training session.


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