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Food for Athletes

Kiley Sparks

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Former SR athlete Jessica Foster, graduate of 2012, me with the girls basketball team to talk about eating healthy for maximum performance. Foster studied at Georgetown College and majored in Exercise Science. She also is a Certified strength and conditioning specialist. She was a college basketball standout at Georgetown.

 

Part of being an athlete isn’t just about the workouts. Eating healthy plays a big role in an athlete’s performance. If athletes maintain an unhealthy diet then chances are it can hurt their performance and makes it had to perform up to their potential. Most people’s eating habits contain loads of sugar. Sugars only last for a certain amount of time and after they wear off they crash. This can cause the athlete to feel sluggish and tired.

Chocolate milk is a good source of protein after a practice, workout, or game. “Chocolate milk provides carbohydrate replenishment to your muscles — something they can metabolize,” said Jason Karp, MS, another researcher for this study. “There’s nothing to metabolize in water.” Each day athletes should intake five servings of protein.    

Carbs are a source of energy for athletes. Some good carbs to eat are oatmeal and whole grain toast. Carbs aren’t just in foods but also in sports drinks. Drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain about 7 grams of carbohydrates. They contain glucose, fructose, and sucrose also.     

Healthy snacks are cottage cheese, yogurt, nuts, and fruit. For some healthy food recipes visit http://allrecipes.com/recipes/12155/healthy-recipes/snacks/ .  

She will return to check up on the girls and give them more nutritional information to help them reach maximum performance!

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