Being a personal trainer and nutritionist and also being a mom to an elite athlete puts me in a pretty unique role. Mostly it’s a role where I’m trying to educate my athlete on how and what to eat, and instead of it going in the mouth.. it goes in one ear, out the other.
Fueling your athlete is important for so many reasons. Not only is good nutrition key for healthy living for everyone, but for athletes it’s even more important when it comes to getting the most from their training.
The key to eating well as an athlete is to have a well-rounded diet. Meals should be balanced when it comes to carbohydrates, protein, and fat, and that’s not even taking into account the timing of meals on training days for pre-and post training recovery.
To put it simply, for youth athletes wanting to get faster and stronger, their time at the plate (with a fork – my athlete is a baseball player so I feel this distinction is important) is just as important as their time in the gym.
Balanced meals for athletes help ensure they’re getting enough carbs for energy to assist with training, protein for muscle repair and recovery, fats for energy, hormone production, and satiety, and vitamins/minerals for overall health and wellbeing.
Structuring an athlete’s plate doesn’t look all that different from structuring your own plate: start with lean protein, add complex carbohydrates high in fiber, add in your vegetables, and finish with healthy fats.
The tricky part is sticking to this, or finding a variety of foods that make you (or your athlete) excited. It’s about finding foods that are enjoyable but also serving a bigger purpose.
So.. if you need some meal inspiration to add to your athlete’s meal plan then keep reading. Last week I experimented with something here at home and not only did I really like it.. but my baseball player loved it, too.
This meal is healthy, full of protein, and super easy to make. You can even swap the ground turkey for ground beef if you prefer, and add other veggies to the mix.
- 1 lb Lean ground turkey
- 1 box Banza Cavatappi Noodles
- 2 packs Siete mild taco seasoning
- 1 cup Frozen corn
- 1/4 cup Shredded cheese If dairy free, you can opt for your favorite dairy free cheese alternative
- In a pan, cook your ground turkey until brown
- While turkey is cooking, boil water on high heat
- When water begins to boil, add your noodles and cook for about 10 minutes
- While noodles are cooking, add your frozen corn to the ground turkey and stir well.
- When noodles are done, drain and add to the pan with your turkey and corn.
- Add two packets of Siete mild taco seasoning. Fill empty packets with water and add to pan. Stir well.
- Let all simmer on low heat for approx. 5 minutes until water and mixture thickens.
- Serve with shredded cheese on top.
Full nutrition information (with dairy-free cheese): 295 calories, 36.6g carbs, 8.2g fat, 21.2g protein for about 1/8th recipe.