How to Fuel a Workout : Athlete Nutrition by Heather Fink

Athlete Nutrition

Hello, my name is Heather Fink. I’m the owner of nutrition and wellness solutions and registered dietitian.

I’m here today at IU Health sports performance to talk about healthy eating to fuel an active lifestyle. So one of the tips that I give all of my clients, which I think is one of the best tips for healthy nutrition is to incorporate three food groups in every meal. One should be a fruit or a vegetable. two should be something with protein, so that could be a meat a dairy beans nuts to found then whatever else fits with the meal so for example maybe it’s whole-wheat toast with natural peanut butter and a banana for breakfast, Maybe for dinner, it’s broccoli with peppers some chicken, and brown rice.

Athlete Nutrition by Heather Fink

So if you do this one thing you will already start getting better nutrition by incorporating more fruits and vegetables. throughout the day lean protein sources whole grains, and dairy products. now most of you are exercising in the afternoon maybe after work, and therefore we need to incorporate a healthy snack mid-afternoon to fuel that workout. so I would suggest things like whole fruits and vegetables, maybe some dried fruits, nuts it could be a half a peanut butter sandwich.

A turkey sandwich just a little something to make sure that you have the energy that you need in order to get through your workout, and then afterward have a well-balanced meal with the three food groups in order to recover best.

so I challenge you this week to take at least one meal per day, and aim for those three food groups, ideally every meal every day will have three food groups but this week let’s try just to get one of those meals per day with three food groups, and we’d love to hear back from you after the challenge so report back to us.

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