Our marathon runners Kirsty, Gillian, Aggie and Katie

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Edinburgh Marathon – Before and After

Whilst we are all for indulgence at Heritage Portfolio, we do pride ourselves on our fabulous fresh innovative menus and of course the renowned salads in our fabulous cafés. Beautiful to behold and even more delicious to taste, we know our salads are great for those training for the Edinburgh Marathon. Indeed, we have four intrepid runners from head office, Kirsty, Aggie, Gillian and Katy who are running as a relay team. There’s plenty of chat in the office about their exercise regimes and diet, but we started thinking about what they might need during and immediately after the race and took some advice from one of our resident experts. But before we get to that, we’re offering you a treat after you’ve run the marathon.

We’re offering some post-Marathon Indulgence

Are you competing in the Edinburgh Marathon? Perhaps you’ll be taking Monday 1 June off work to celebrate, relax and recuperate? Running a marathon is a big achievement, and we’d love to help you celebrate, so if you book afternoon tea at the Colonnades between 1-5 June 2015, just bring in your finishers medal and we’ll pour you a perfectly chilled glass of fizz, on the house, to salute your success. Book your table for Afternoon Tea at the Colonnades now.

(Free fizz limited to 1 glass per medal winner and is subject to availability, valid 4-12 June 2015 only)

Marathon Energy

Do you know the average marathon runner burns in excess of 2500 kcals? So for some running nutrition tips we’ve turned to Craig Heaslip, our General Manager at the Royal College of Surgeons, he regularly participates in even more challenging activities. He has recently come back from completing a very tough Highlander Mountain Marathon – a little over 50 kilometres over 2 days. Not only, that he had to carry all his food, water, tent and clothing for a 36 hour period – hard core huh?  His route took him over big hills including Canisp, Suilven and Conival north of Ullapool. He’s a big fan of the Deliciously Ella cookbook and has created two energy packed marathon  munchies inspired by her recipes.

Craig’s Energy Boosting Selections

Firstly, Protein/energy balls –  These are a mixture of medjool dates, raw cacao powder, chia seeds, almonds, flax seeds, coconut oil, hemp protein powder blended together rolled into balls and dusted with more raw cacao to keep them from sticking to everything.  They are packed with energy, lovely and soft and chocolate-y, a divine treat to spur you on when you’re looking up at the summit of a hill from the base! These would be ideal to restore energy during the marathon. Of course, you could take one to work to avoid snacking on more refined sugary treats.

Secondly Granola bars – These are a mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds all lightly toasted in the oven, almond butter, cinnamon, oats, raisins, chia seeds, medjool dates (lightly boiled to soften to a mush), then baked lightly in the oven for 40 minutes.  These are lovely and soft and chewy, full of goodness with long lasting (slow release) energy sources.

Thirdly, we have our step- by-step recipe for Healthy Quinoa and Date Bars (scroll to page 2). Once you try them, you’ll want to make them again!

Book your table for Afternoon Tea at the Colonnades now.