Wednesday, June 1, 2016

5 recipes every athlete should try this summer

As the weather warms, some athletes begin competitive season, while others hit off-season training. Either way, warmer weather calls for a solid nutrition base to help the body stay hydrated and fueled. Here are five lighter recipes that will keep you cool (and well-fueled) this summer.

Avocado Smoothie
Instead of the usual fruit, try a new smoothie using avocado instead! A refreshing drink bursting with omega-3 fatty acids to help those training muscles recover. If you do not drink cow's milk, replace with soy milk to make sure you still get a source of protein.

Watermelon and Berry Soup
Not only is this soup super hydrating, but it also contains a great punch of antioxidants from the berries. Enjoy this any time of the day to cool off and refresh. Follow the recipe, but omit the brown sugar (you don't need it). For a change-up, puree the final product to make a smoothie OR puree and pour into a posicle mold for a tasty frozen treat.

Cold Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa
Start your day with this recipe, packed with antioxidants, protein, healthy fats and whole grain. Serve cold or warm, depending on what you are feeling. For an added protein kick, top with plain or fruited Greek yogurt.

Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers and Avocado in a Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette
This is one of my all-time favorite summer recipes. I love how light and refreshing, yet satisfying this salad is. Enjoy it plain or eat with whole-grain tortilla chips and topped with non-fat Greek Yogurt. It is a wonderful combination of protein, complex carbohydrate, antioxidants and healthy fat that won't disappoint!

Grilled Shrimp Panzanella with Basil
I love this recipe because two of the main ingredients (cherry tomatoes and basil) can be easily grown in a backyard garden or on a back porch. Shrimp is a great source of protein and healthy fats, while the tomatoes and basil round out the micronutrient profile. Light and airy, this recipe sounds like something I could eat every day this summer. Plus, you get to use the grill. What else is better than that?

Enjoy these fun summer recipes and stay cool!

Your Nutrition Coach,


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