Boot camp #AdventAbs day 21 - something different with sprouts

Boot camp #AdventAbs day 21 – something different with sprouts

Love them or loathe them, sprouts are synonymous with Christmas. But the humble sprout is really under-rated, and would be far more popular if they were cooked properly, or used with a little variety. We’ve got a recipe here for a great stir-fry that is healthy, tastes great, and might just see sprouts work their way into your kitchen at other times of the year.

Top those off with The Boat, a low-movement modified yoga pose that will work your core to the, erm… core.

Chicken, kale and sprout stir-fry

  • 100g soba noodles
  • 100g shredded curly kale
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 lean chicken breasts, skin removed and sliced into thin strips
  • 25g piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • handful Brussels sprout, cut into quarters
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine or white wine vinegar
  • zest and juice 1 lime

Method:

  1. Cook the noodles following pack instructions, then drain and set aside. meanwhile, heat a large wok or frying pan and add the kale along with a good splash of water and cook for 1-2 mins until wilted, with a little bite remaining, then cool under running water to keep the colour.
  2. Add half the oil and cook the chicken strips until browned, then remove and set aside. Heat the remaining oil and fry the ginger, pepper and sprouts until softened a little. return the chicken and kale and add the noodles.
  3. Tip in the soy, rice wine and lime zest and juice along with enough water to create a sauce that clings to the ingredients. Serve immediately.

Boot camp #AdventAbs – The Boat

Sit with your feet on the floor, knees bent, hands beneath your knees for support. Keeping your chest lifted and shoulders back, engage your ab muscles and raise your lower legs until they are parallel to the floor (your knees should still be bent) and you are balancing on your sitting bones.

If this feels comfortable, begin to straighten your legs (stop if you feel any discomfort in your back) and stretch your arms forward. Hold for 5–15 breaths, then release. Repeat up to 5 times.

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