To eat like an athlete. What does this mean exactly? While many of us—my office-sitting butt included—remain stationary for most of our waking hours, our vocations should not define us entirely (well, hopefully not). As an observation, many who live and have gravitated here, love SLC because of the beauty of the mountains, access to year-round outdoor recreation and all those fitness options that combine the two. Whether you run, hike, ski, rock climb or mountain bike, when off the clock, SLCers like to get out there and do something.

And, with expending energy, there are several ways to fuel up. Today’s nutrition science and fitness experts are continually offering sustenance options for modern athletes. From energy bars, pre and/or post-workout drinks, bone broths, juices (raw, fermented and you better believe it organic) and gels. As a person who’s kicked the tires on a few fitness food fads, I’d like to steer clear of endorsing or mentioning any particular fitness-related drink or edible and just talk about real food.

When you want to perform and feel your best before a workout, what do you eat? Eating too much or too little, the timing and food choices are also important. In a pinch, consider these quick and nutritious food options that will help you go the distance.

PB (or AB, or SunB) & Banana Sandwich. If you select whole-wheat, we’re talking complex carbs, fiber along with protein, satiation from healthy fats and potassium-rich bananas for the triple-score. On a good day, I’d add Nutella, with no real nutritional value, it is chocolate-hazelnut deliciousness.

Chicken thighs over breasts, who knew?

Dark meat over the light parts offer more nutrients and flavor, pair up with some steamed greens or veggies and rice—boom!

 

Have you ever heard or used Bragg’s Liquid Aminos?

Similar to soy sauce, Bragg’s adds an umami flavor, or a deep, savory taste and naturally adds several essential amino acids to bout.

Steel Cut Oats, with Yogurt, Almonds, Blueberries. Opt for the slower cooking varieties, instant-oats will break down “instantly” into sugars. You want sustained energy, coarser-cut oats offer soluble (beta-glucan) and insoluble fiber (gut cleansing), protein and the berries (like blueberries) carry antioxidants, which is all the rage. Don’t forget to sprinkle with cinnamon, a spice that is known for balancing blood-sugar levels.

Eggs with Avocado: Scrambled, hard-boiled or fried, you pick. Serve up with a ripe, sliced avocado, match with any veggie or salsa and you’ve got sustained energy via protein and healthy fats.

Chicken thighs over breasts, who knew? Dark meat over the light parts offer more nutrients and flavor, pair up with some steamed greens or veggies and rice—boom! Have you ever heard of or used Bragg’s Liquid Aminos? Similar to soy sauce, Bragg’s adds an umami flavor, or a deep, savory taste and naturally adds several essential amino acids to boot.

Smoothie (Blend Your Own). I prefer a creamy one, so your milk of choice is a good start. Add in: protein powder, frozen berries, fresh greens, nuts, or avocado and blend. Going strawless and skipping the plastic cup/lid is another big pat on the back.

SLC actives, we’d enjoy hearing from you, what are your favorite real food pre and post-workout food choices?

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