Foods all athletes should be eating

2014-03-10 08:00:25


'Every dietitian I know agrees that avocados are a must-eat food. They are a great source of healthy fats, which help fill you up so you'll be less likely to want a snack later on. Plus, they taste really decadent.

—Carolyn Brown, a registered dietitian at Foodtrainers in New York City

Almond milk

'No matter what we think about dairy, most of us agree that it's too easy to overdo. Yogurt, cheese—even that whey protein in an energy bar is dairy. It sneaks into more than you might expect.

—Carolyn Brown, a registered dietitian at Foodtrainers in New York City

Dark berries

'A bowl of berries is what most nutritionists have when they're craving something sweet. Berries are jam-packed with fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants—crucial for aging well.

—Keri Glassman, a dietitian in New York City and author of The New You and Improved Diet

Greek yogurt

'Dieticians are a little obsessed with Greek yogurt, but for good reason: It's got two times the protein and less sugar than regular yogurt; it's filled with probiotics, which help keep your immune system strong; and it's lower in lactose than other dairy—great for someone with lactose intolerance.'

—Kate Geagan, a dietitian in Park City, UT, and author of Go Green, Get Lean

Extra-virgin olive oil

'Dietitians love it when good taste, nutrition, and health meet—and extra-virgin olive oil is a triple win. It's teeming with antioxidants and good-for-you mono unsaturated fats, and it's delicious.

—Kate Geagan


'This is every nutritionist's 'convenience food.' In just a quarter cup, you get fiber, protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat from the olive oil.'

—Jennifer McDaniel


'Too many of my clients steer clear of nuts because they're high in fat, but dietitians eat them because we know that monounsaturated fat, in moderation, can help you maintain your weight or even lose.

—Keri Glassman, a dietitian in New York City and author of The New You and Improved Diet


'If there's one veggie that every nutritionist across the country eats and recommends, it's kale. That's because the leafy green is so nutrient-dense. It's loaded with vitamins K, A, and C, fiber, and calcium. And it's packed with so many cancer-preventative antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

—Carolyn Brown


'Most nutritionists reach for this grain over brown rice or wheat pasta because it's a complete source of protein, which means it has all the essential amino acids your body needs. It also contains more fibre than most grains, with five grams in every cup. And it gets better: Quinoa is packed with plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it a great way to get those anti-inflammatory fats in your diet.'

—Jennifer McDaniel

Coconut water

This is an ideal drink for before, during and after athletic activity. It’s packed with electrolytes like potassium and magnesium that your muscles need.

Green vegetables

Green vegetables are high in chlorophyll, which increases the oxygen in your blood. More oxygen equals more energy, better endurance, and faster recovery. Greens are also packed with calcium, iron and antioxidants.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a great source of protein and antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation. They also replenish minerals that are lost through sweat like magnesium, potassium, and calcium needed for muscle contractions.

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Freda Owen

2014-03-10 11:45:33
I love Hummus but I find that store bought has vary high levels of salt, so I make my own. Its vary easy and you can add lots of different twits to it, I add a little bit of red chile to give it a nice kick. Great blog!

Teresa Linderson

2014-03-10 11:46:08
I been using Greek Yogurt mixed with dark berries as my breakfast of champs :) for the last years and I love it, I will surely try Quinoa, love power foods and trying new ideas.

Linda Andrina

2014-03-10 11:46:56
Love reading, informative blogs, I been personally drinking Coconut Water for some time now and I love it and I was just reading an article on Chia Seeds, so that will be next in my diet. Keep up with the Great Blogs

Shelly Wright

2014-03-25 07:45:32
I am actually the pickiest eater of life. It's a problem because it kept me from eating healthy and losing the last 10 pounds that I wanted to ditch. After seeing this article I realized how silly I was being and forced myself to try some of the things on this list. It wasn't so bad and over time I actually started to enjoy what I was eating. I've lost the 10 pounds and gained some new recipes!

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