Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, and skill levels. One thing that remains consistent with all athletes – whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior – recovery is extremely important. During exercise our muscles break down, and in order to recover efficiently proper nutrition (and the timing of it) is crucial.
An important nutrition component of building healthy, strong muscles is protein. Protein is the building block of all the cells in our bodies, especially our muscles. It is therefore essential we consume enough of it. You’ve heard that post-workout protein is important, but what about proper […]
I’m all about energy. As a sports dietitian, I teach people how to have the energy they need to get through practices and games. And then there’s us everyday folks who need energy just to get through our day!
I’m always looking for combos of food that give me instant energy, but I don’t want to spike and drop in energy. What goes up must come down. The key to preventing the “down” is to have combinations of food that give you some energy right away, and combine it with something that lasts.
Carbs, for all of the good and bad you hear about them are actually our body’s preferred source of energy. We need carbs! I prefer my grains to be as whole grain as possible to get all of the fiber and antioxidant benefits of those whole grains
What’s holding you back from eating clean? For many, the concept of buying fresh ingredients to cook healthy meals is associated with higher grocery bills. It seems that you would save time, and money, by swinging into a drive-thru for tonight’s dinner. While you might save time eating fast food, it’s possible to eat a clean diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables without breaking your bank account. Below are 6 tips to eat clean on a budget! – See more at: http://dietdiva.net/dont-break-the-bank-6-ways-to-eat-clean-on-a-budget/#sthash.PIavMgcM.dpuf
Watermelon lovers rejoice – your favorite refreshing snack is also great for you! While these melons often have a bad rap (think: 92% water and lots of sugar), they are actually considered a nutrient dense food – rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants while remaining extremely low in calories. Check out these four amazing benefits of watermelon below!
Lycopene leader. You’ve been hearing it since you were a little kid: strive to fill your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and veggies! Lycopene is the pigment that gives produce a vibrant red color. While tomatoes often come to […]
Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, potato chips, pasta salad, and apple pie – all staples of any Independence Day cookout. These options make it easy to quickly over-indulge on salt, fat, and sugar without even realizing it! Luckily, there are plenty of nutritious alternatives you can bring to your neighborhood celebration. Check out the recipes below for 4th of July inspiration – red, white, and blue has never tasted so good!
Wherever you travel this summer, bring your fitness and nutrition goals along with you! The rest and relaxation of vacation doesn’t have to usher in indulgence and loss of motivation. Instead, view your next trip as the perfect chance to stick to your goals in new and exciting ways! Follow these 6 easy tips to make this vacation the healthiest one yet.
Everyone needs a treat once in a while. The key word here is treat. A dessert portion should be small or “treat” size, it should not be the size of a meal. Fruit is a nutritious way to satisfy your sweet tooth and with this recipe you are getting a perfect portion and dose of sweetness from the fruit. Did you read Monday’s post from this week? Check it out! Dessert Anyone? Satisfy your Sweet Tooth.
Nutella Crepes with Fresh Berries
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
1 pre-made […]
Antioxidants for the Athlete
How are antioxidants linked to performance? Physical activity brings on oxidative stress and tissue damage. Too much of this can have a negative impact on performance. Antioxidants can be helpful in reducing tissue damage and aid in post-workout recovery. A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory food is recommended for all athletes, but don’t go overboard. Moderation is key! The form in which you take antioxidants also makes a difference.
It is best to get antioxidants in the form of whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and […]
My favorite meal of the day: dessert. As soon as nighttime rolls around, I want to curl up on the sofa with a bowl of ice cream and settle in to watch my favorite TV show. My idea of a fun Sunday afternoon is whipping up a new brownie recipe or grabbing Italian ice with my friends. While it’s important to limit my refined sugar intake, there’s no way I’ll be able to completely cut out dessert. Luckily, I’ve discovered ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without all the guilt. Check out the swaps you can […]
5 Tips to Keep You Running toward Weight Loss
Are you a runner hoping to lose weight this summer? Check out these tips to get you started and keep you going! Running can be as relaxing or intense as you make it, depending on your exercise goals. Along with running, hydration is important especially in the summer months. Eating a balanced diet and timing meals and snacks with runs are vital for muscle recovery.
Below are 5 tips that have helped runners with weight loss
1. Keep a Food Journal or Logging in a Meal Tracker app