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August 5, 2016
Eat like an athlete...

“You are what you eat”! A great quote by Hippocrates.

This motto has been around for so many years and we think that it is one of the rule truths about life…. but it isn’t exactly so.

Over the years there is a constant increase in healthy foods and exercise which comes in to contrast with the amount of time we spend sitting down at work or watching tv.

There is a lot of contradictory information nowadays.

Don’t eat too much fruit because they contain large quantities of sugars, don’t eat hamburgers because they contain too many fats. Don’t cook on the bbq because it may cause cancer. What should you listen to and what should you not pay attention to?

What I would like for you to keep in mind is a sense of moderation. It’s not bad to eat a hamburger, a sweet or a gyro. But notice the emphasis on the singular…. one!

If you want to consume more than this you should also increase your exercise!

I believe that the topic of diet and nutrition will be touched upon even more than it already is, in all areas of our lives in the future.

In a few days, the Olympic Games are to begin…. and the world’s attention is focused there….

So, let’s talk a little bit about the diet that athletes follow. What should athletes eat?

There is a lot of stress during these periods for the athletes, as far as performance during the games. This heightens the need for good quality foods and each athlete should follow a balanced diet with a lot of calories.

The amount of calories an athlete should consume is at least double than that of an average person.

But is that enough? NO!! Where the calories come from is also very important.

Carbohydrates, proteins, fats…. Which one provides the best fuel for the athlete?

The answer is simple… Carbohydrates!! Pasta, rice, bread…. and enough of it to make up 60% - 70% of their daily caloric intake.

 

But again, is that enough? The answer is no…. the amount of carbohydrates/proteins/fats, fluctuates according to the amount of exercise and the type of sport each athlete has to deal with and of course all of this changes depending on which period they are going through… training/exercise/competition.

It is a complex issue and this is why there are professional nutritionists that specialize in preparing a diet plan for each athlete separately.

Carbohydrates are also found in yogurt, fruit and energy bars.

Let’s take a look at some recipes that are made for our champion athletes!

Meatballs and Couscous

Especially if the amount of couscous is 6-7 times more than the amount meatballs! 

Nuts and Oats Bars

A great snack for the gym.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolates

If you want something sweet but also nutricious.

Chocolate and Pear Muffins

A wonderful dessert full of carbohydrates. 

Coconut Rice Pudding with Caramelized Orange Slices

For breakfast.

Spicy Beetroot Rice

Turkey and Mushrooms in Parchment

A powerful combination of carbohydrates and proteins.

Lentil Tuna and Rice Salad

A perfect nutritional choice.

Mussels and Spaghetti Cooked in a Pan

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