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HEALTHY FOOD FOCUS: DILL WITH IT

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More than leftover bathwater of pickled cucumbers, electrolyte-heavy pickle juice is known to ease hangover symptoms, heartburn, and muscle cramps.

PICKLE MEAT LOAF
SERVINGS: 2

YOU’LL NEED

  • 500g ground sirloin
  • 1 cup instant oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1⁄4 cup pickle juice
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 2 tbsp dried onions

“The primary nutritional benefits of pickle juice—sodium and water—help in fluid replacement for any athlete,” says Lori Zanini, R.D., C.D.E., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

A 2010 study published by Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that store-bought pickle juice helped quickly stop muscle cramps in dehydrated cyclists. Subjects were electrically induced to get cramps, and those given 30ml oz of the juice stopped seizing after 85 seconds, while water drinkers continued to cramp. The study showed that pickle juice relieved cramping 37% faster than drinking water, and 45% faster than drinking no liquid at all.

Did you know: Pickle juice may be considered a superfood for its health benefits, but it lacks fat, carbohydrates, protein, and potassium, so it’s not nutrient-dense enough to serve as
a stand-alone snack.

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. In a large bowl, mix 500g ground sirloin, 1 cup instant oats, 1 egg, 1⁄4 cup pickle juice, 1⁄4 cup chopped dill pickles, 2 tbsp dried onions.
2. Transfer to a greased, 500g loaf pan. Top with 1⁄2 cup ketchup.
3. Bake until firm in the center, about 45 to 50 minutes.