Healthy Living With Sarah Rowe


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Healthy Living With Sarah Rowe


A rare talent across a number of sports, Lidl Ambassador Sarah Rowe is an All Star award winner and has represented the Irish Women’s National Football Team. She will play her second season in the AFLW in Australia with the famous Collingwood club in early 2020 before returning to play for her beloved Mayo in the championship.

1. How important is your diet when playing elite level sport & what tips would you give someone looking to sustain a healthy diet?

Extremely important – it’s actually something that is completely underemphasised. What you put into it is what you get out. It takes time but once you form good habits, it becomes second nature.

In order to become consistent, I think the key is not to under fuel yourself because this will just end in binging on sweeter foods. While they have a place in our diet, it’s in moderation. Eat consistently throughout the day with breakfast, lunch and dinner at appropriate times along with healthy snacks in between each (fruit, nuts, etc.). Also, make sure to hydrate your body with lots of water.

2. Starting with breakfast, what do you eat on the day of a game?

Breakfast: Oats with banana, blueberries and peanut butter with almond milk

Lunch: Chicken breast, brown rice and veg

Snacks: Raw fruit bars / Greek yogurt with honey, blue berries and strawberries

3. What is your favourite postmatch meal & what role does it play in recovery?

Chicken curry is my favourite meal and I would eat it every day if I could but it tends to be mainly after games as both a reward and a crucial part of my recovery. The chicken provides a good source of protein to aid the initial recovery and I like to wash it down with protein milk to increase the effect. It’s very important in the 48 hours after games that you refuel and have regular good size meals to help the body recover.

4. What is your favourite healthy eating recipe?

Baked oats. Oats are probably my favourite food as they’re so versatile. You can make overnight oats, baked oats, normal porridge and bread scones from them.

Baked oats consist of oats, mixed nuts, banana, almond milk, coconut milk, cinnamon and honey all mixed together. Bake for 25 mins and serve with Greek yogurt and more honey – delicious!