FIVE NUTRITION TIPS & RECIPES FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE #4
It’s no secret that one of the key ingredients to success in endurance sports like triathlon is nutrition. Nutrition is crucial for peak performance in training and racing; it plays a key role in aiding recovery and maintaining immunity and it can make or break a race!
For long term health, well being and to see success in your chosen sport, it’s vital not to overlook your nutrition. You wouldn’t put the wrong type of fuel in to your car and expect it to run efficiently, why would you sabotage your training efforts by fuelling your body with the wrong nutrition?
Here is part 4 of 5 key recipes for peak performance:
KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH WHOLE FOODS
Athletes often make the mistake of snacking on sports foods (bars/sports drinks) outside of training and racing. These foods may seem like relatively healthy snack options, but they are purpose made foods and are designed to be consumed during training and racing, particularly during long training sessions or long course events. As a result snacking on sports foods outside of training and racing may lead to weight gain as these foods often contain high amounts of energy (calories) and sugar to sustain long training sessions or competition.
Sports food should be kept to training and racing. Outside of this, snack on whole foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts and low fat dairy. This will keep you satisfied without over consuming sugar and calories.
AFTERNOON DELIGHT – APPLE, RICOTTA AND CINNAMON
- 1 green apple
- Ricotta cheese
Chop 1 green apple in to quarters
Top with ricotta cheese to taste
Sprinkle with cinnamon