Maui: An Abundance of Deliciousness
The XTERRA World Championship is truly a time to celebrate – and what better way than with nutrition-packed, delicious, and beautiful local Hawaiian produce.
The advantage in the islands – with the temperate climate, the richness of the volcanic soils and the late afternoon rains – is that fruits and veggies thrive here. In fact, it can be hard to choose what to eat first. Coconuts, avocados, and macadamia nuts literally grow on Maui’s trees.
During the Maui heat, a truly wonderful delight is to drink cold coconut water as is or mixed in a cocktail or mocktail. Additionally, dried coconut is wonderful in granola with a dollop of coconut milk yogurt.
Like the coconut, the avocado is a fruit rich in omega 3, which is essential to diminish the inflammations caused by hard physical efforts and off-road triathlons.
Enjoy avocados in guacamole, on sandwiches, sliced with breakfast, and in vegan desserts.
The fruit, under its fibrous skin, is extremely sweet and delicious. It also contains remarkable enzymes with anti-inflammatory properties that aid in recovery. So after the race, treat yourself to a chilly juice or smoothie chocked full of icy chunks of pineapple.
We don’t need to tell you how to eat a banana. But it’s pretty amazing on top of macadamia nut pancakes with lilikoi syrup.
Its oil is too fragile to use for cooking, but it makes a luxurious massage oil as it quickly penetrates the skin barrier and provides the perfect amount of hydration.
We have just given you a tiny sample of the abundance of healthy fruits you can find on Maui. Mangos, papaya, pitaya (dragon fruit), passion fruit, and guavas, also boast an arsenal of vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants.
For coffee lovers, do not miss the excellent coffee grown on the islands. You will discover why it is considered the best in the world. If you can, buy whole beans and grind just before you make a pot.
Enjoy yourself on these beautiful islands, indulge in their gifts, and always choose to consume high-quality, delicious, and nourishing food.
Photos courtesy of T S Restaurants.
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