Tasty Tuesday – Eat Like an Olympian

Posted 09/04/2012 | By HealthCorps

Now that the Olympics have wrapped, we can all take a page from the Olympic Playbook of Nutrition for Gymnasts!! There’s no formal playbook, but these athletes eat for optimal performance, and the petite female gymnasts consumed between 1500 and 2,000 calories daily, on the road to becoming the Fierce Five and winning gold medals for team USA. Gymnast Aly Raisman, who medaled in the floor exercises and balance beam, in addition to her team gold medal, typically starts her training day with cereal and skim milk. She has chicken or fish with vegetables for lunch. Dinner is often Greek yogurt and fruit, and her snacks include more fruits and small handfuls of nuts.

Anyone can benefit from eating a healthier, well balanced diet, so why not commit to eating a breakfast and lunch that includes protein, whole grains and fruits and vegetables, and consider consuming a light-calorie dinner. Scrambled eggs with vegetables, yogurt with nuts and fruit, or lentil soup and a large salad can qualify as a simple, lower calorie dinner. Dropping some servings of meat and potatoes during the week can help to lower daily calorie counts and also lower the saturated fat levels in your diet.

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