Training is only a portion of what it takes to make a good athlete.
As an athlete, you know that it takes more than just a good training plan to succeed. Having a solid performance nutrition strategy can elevate you above your competitors, taking you from a good athlete to a great one. Use this page to learn about performance nutrition through four key learning areas. Click on each area below to read informative articles and watch fantastic videos that will provide you with a foundation of great performance fueling.
Eating for Optimal Performance
Wanting to eat well is one thing but knowing what to eat is another. In this section, learn about an easy visual that will guide you to create an Athlete’s Performance Plate at every meal – game days, training days and off days. How should food intake change on harder versus lighter training days? What about dairy and athletes? What is the benefit of drinking chocolate milk for athletes? Get these questions and more answered here. You will also read how eating well not only increases performance but also prevents and protects from illness and injury. Learn more.
If you are an athlete, chances are you have already heard plenty about needing to stay hydrated. But, why is proper hydration so important for athletes and what steps can you take to make sure your hydration is adequate? How can dairy products support your body’s fluid balance and keep you better hydrated? Did you know eating certain solid foods contributes to hydration, too? Curious how chocolate milk and sports drink stack up? Learn more.
Top athletes know that proper recovery leads to decreased incidence of illness and injury, better sleep, better training, and better overall performance when competition day arrives. Are you wondering how top athletes recover? Did you know that the best recovery drink is found in your local supermarket? If you want to optimize your recovery nutrition by learning practical tips and snack ideas, click here to read now. You will also learn about the “3 R’s of Recovery”, which together hold the key to top recovery. Learn more.
Pre- and Post-Workout Fueling
Have you ever wondered, “What should I eat after a workout?” or “Why should I drink chocolate milk after a workout?” You aren’t alone! Athletes of all ages frequently are stumped by what fuel to choose pre- and post-workout and why. This section will help you gain a better understanding of why eating before and after workouts matters to your overall athletic success. Here you will find practical examples of great pre-workout meals and pre- and post-workout snacks. You will also learn what makes dairy so important at these key fueling times. Be sure to check out the dynamic videos on these topics posted right on the page! Learn more.