3 Nutrition Tips to Power Up Your Game this Spring

3 Nutrition Tips to Power Up Your Game this Spring
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Are you bored with what you’re eating?  Feel like you eat the same thing every day?  Does your body and brain need some “spring cleaning”?  Here at WINforum we are dedicated to helping you play your best this spring! Doing a little “spring cleaning” of your diet may be just the ticket.

Powering up your eating this spring is as easy as 1…2…3….

1. Try Some New Healthy Meal Ideas:

(sports minded meals and snacks): Our experts pulled from all corners of the Internet to help you create easy, healthy, performance-enhancing meals the whole family will chow down on, even after that late evening practice or game.  Every recipe we’ve selected will promote recovery from fatigue and injury as well as fuel up your body for the next day. You can find a list of WINforum-approved healthy meal ideas on our Pinterest page.

 


SPORTS NUTRITION TIP: Nutrition experts like Genevieve Masson, a sports RD newly added to our WINforum team, recommend doubling the recipe at dinner to create easy, pre-practice mini meals and healthy snacks on-the-go.

 2. Create an Athlete Meal Plan:

Research shows meal planning saves money, time and helps us all eat healthier – leading to improved performance, on the field and in the classroom.  However, trying to plan meals (sifting through recipes and making lists) that make everyone happy can be a daunting task.  So we gathered our favorite apps and online sites that will support your quest for nutritious spring eating and make creating an athlete meal plan a whole lot easier.

1. PepperPlate

Pepperplate: A mobile app and meal planning tool that excels at organizing your recipe collection, planning your meals based on those recipes, building you a shopping list and helping you cook the recipes you want to try.  It is easy to use but requires a little time to get your recipes collected (we can help, use our Pinterest page).

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2. Plan to Eat

Plan to Eat: A meal planning and grocery list organizer that is user-friendly and eye-catching. It’s great for organizing your recipes; it makes meal planning a breeze by simply dragging items from your recipe list and dropping them into a calendar; and it will automatically generate your shopping list week-by-week. This program is also great for special diets.

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3. Paprika

Paprika: Paprika’s focus is on recipe management, but it also includes smart grocery lists and a meal planner that lets you add recipes to your plan. Paprika will also help you when you’re in the kitchen, walking you through each recipe step-by-step, complete with cooking timers and notifications when it’s time to move on to the next step. It’s like having Rachel Ray in your home!

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SPORTS NUTRITION TIP: Block out time on Sunday, a lower key day to sit down and create your athlete meal plan for the week.

3. Stay Hydrated:

Hydration, the age-old topic that comes up every spring and summer when dizziness and fatigue set in, is a crucial piece of an athlete’s nutrition game plan.  Just a couple pounds of weight lost in sweat can dramatically deflate performance.  Get ahead of the game with these easy tips for staying hydrated:

Spring into action by using our 1…2…3… plan for high performance eating this spring. WINforum tips help performance soar on the field, court, track and in the classroom!

WINforum.org and BestTeenDiets.org are research-based nutrition education resources for high school students, athletes, parents and coaches.  Like us on Facebook, follow-us on Twitter!

About the author

Emily Edison, owner and founder of Momentum Nutrition & Fitness, is a recognized expert in the areas of sports nutrition and disordered eating, with over 17 years of experience as a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer. Her philosophy centers around fueling with whole foods and eating intuitively, empowering people to eat for performance, improve vitality, and develop a positive relationship with food and body.