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The Walking Whales Barbell Club is an interprofessional club on campus for individuals who are interested in weightlifting and powerlifting. However, we’re not just for experienced lifters. WWBC works hard to recruit anyone who is interested in working out, eating healthfully, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in general. We even have a list of no-equipment home workouts that you can try if you don’t have access to a gym or time to go to one!

No matter if you are a beginner or an experienced lifter, nutrition is very important, so I want to share a two-part meal that is perfect after a long workout. Part 1 is the recovery shake.

Combine 1 cup of milk, half a cup of frozen strawberries, a whole banana and a scoop or two of protein powder. Blend until it’s ready to drink. is snack is full of protein and quick-digesting carbs, exactly what you need after a workout to promote muscle growth.

Part 2 is the actual meal: Air-fried chicken shawarma. Air fryers are all the rage these days, so I want to share a simple recipe you can make in 15 minutes (plus some marinade time).

I’m Indian, so I was raised on Asian avors. Chicken Shawarma is a Mediterranean twist on some of these avors, and my mom used to make it for an afternoon snack, so it de nitely reminds me of home!



Adapted from a recipe at bluejeanchef.com

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon ground allspice

¼ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1½ pounds boneless chicken breasts (about 3 chicken breasts)

4 pieces naan bread or fresh pita bread



First, make the marinade: Combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and spices in a small bowl and whisk well. en, place the chicken in a zipper-seal plastic bag with the marinade. Massage the chicken in the bag to coat all sides with the marinade. It’s best if you let the chicken marinate overnight in the fridge, but if you don’t have time, a few hours will work, too.

Next, pre-heat the air fryer to 380°F. Transfer the marinated chicken breasts to the air fryer basket and air-fry at 380ºF for 8 to 10 minutes, ipping the chicken over halfway through the cooking process. When done, slice the chicken breasts into pieces. Now, heat the naan/pita on both sides in a skillet with a little olive oil. Spread a little hummus on the warm naan bread. Place the sliced chicken on the naan with the spinach on top. Roll or fold the bread up around the llings. You can wrap parchment paper or foil around half of the shawarma to keep it together. at’s it! If you freeze the extra, you’ll have meals prepared for the whole week.

Adapted from bluejeanchef.com/recipes/chicken-shawarma-wrap/ I’m Indian, so I was raised on Asian fl avors. Chicken shawarma is a Mediterranean twist on some of these fl avors, and my mom used to make it for an afternoon snack, so it defi nitely reminds me of home!”

– Sanjay Jinka College of Medicine Class of 2023

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