The cleaner you eat, the better you perform

I just read an article on how Board certified sports Dietitian Karin Hosenfeld gave all the players of the Plano West Girls soccer team an individualized meal plan to better perform in their game, and it seemed to work! Hosenfeld stressed lean protein, healthy fat, fibers, fruits and veggies instead of quick fixes such as pop-tarts and cookies. She makes a great point how the biggest problem with kids is that they skip meals and then chow down later in the day. Also, she says one of the number one sports nutrition myths is that you can eat whatever you want because you are just going to burn it off and that is so not true.. the cleaner you eat, the better you perform! Keep this in mind with you friends, family and maybe even yourself if you’re an active sports player. Test it out if you’re used to eating high sugary foods or fast foods before a game and replace them with high fiber snacks.

Great pre&post workout snacks:

  • Nuts, almonds
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Pita & Hummus
  • Kashi granola bar
  • Peanut butter on whole wheat bread
  • Apples, bananas(pretty much any fruit)
  • Vegetables
  • Yogurt
  • Whole grain English Muffin & Almond butter
  • Oatmeal
  • 3 slices lean turkey
  • High fiber cereals
  • Vegetable Omelets
  • Fruit Smoothie with skim milk or low-fat yogurt and frozen fruit
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Rice cakes
  • Stir-fry
  • Cottage cheese

Check out the full article here: http://www.the33tv.com/about/station/newsteam/kdaf-dietitian-helps-fuel-texas-state-soccer-championship-20120501,0,3923073.story

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