Thursday, April 2, 2015
Great Easter Eats for Athletes
With the celebration of Easter this weekend, many athletes traditionally go to breakfast or brunch. The fantastic thing about this tradition is that many common brunch foods are an excellent source of nutrition for training and recovery. Here are just a few that you should hop over to on Sunday.
Salmon is a power food, packed with muscle recovering protein as well as inflammation fighting omega-3 fatty acids. All you need is 3-4 ounces (about the size of a checkbook) to get your needed nutrients.
Eggs are a great source of protein as well as vitamin D and vitamin B12. As we are coming out the dark, winter season, help your body's vitamin D stores recover by noshing on some eggs. Look for eggs cooked with veggies vs. high-fat meats.
3. Fresh fruit
What brunch is complete without an impressive fruit tray? It isn't there just to look at, but to enjoy. Look for the darker fruits, such as berries, oranges, mango or papaya. Those fruits carry the highest antioxidant punch to bring down inflammation and decrease injury risk.
From the array of salads often available, look for those that don't include mayonnaise and instead have fruit, nuts, seeds and (of course) lots of veggies. It is best to find salads not already drenched in dressing and instead choose a balsamic vinaigrette or dress with your own blend of balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemons or limes. As with fruit, the darker the veggies, the better.