By Emma Rinehart
Most people are on the seefood diet; they see food...they eat it. Are you an athlete who is wondering what to get into your diet?
If you’re an athlete, the recommended diet can be strict. Before the big race or game make sure to eat plenty of carbohydrates.
“Carbohydrates are your best source of fuel or energy before a race,” Cross Country coach Nate Stetter said.
To keep a well rounded eating schedule make sure to get in dairy such as milk cheese, or yogurt, meats and proteins, green and leafy vegetables and fruits like strawberries and grapes.
“I tell my athletes to eat a good variety of everything,” says Stetter. Make sure to avoid high fat or fried foods because they don’t contain a long lasting source of energy.
After a practice you should eat peanut butter or drink chocolate milk. It holds a high source of protein to build muscle.
Healthy Eating Habits for Athletes
Daily Serving Sizes:
1 c. milk or yogurt, 1 ½ oz. cheese
2-3 oz. of cooked meat (about the size of a deck of cards)
4 Tbsp. of peanut butter
1 c. raw leafy vegetables
1 medium apple, banana, orange
1 slice of bread (preferably whole wheat)
¾ cup dry cereal
½ cup cooked rice, pasta or cereal
Post-game/ Exercise Strategies:
Protein/Carb ingestion within 15 minutes post practice
-Ex; sports drink, fruit, yogurt, granola bar, trail mix,
crackers & peanut butter, low fat chocolate milk-
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