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Top Athlete Nutrition Foods for Greater Performance and Energy Maximization.As the athlete nutrition section states, what you eat can help you to become a better player as well. Here are some top athletic foods that are a few of my (as well as my past trainers') recommendations...
"Whole/Natural" Top Foods for Athlete NutritionBananas
Bananas are a diverse fruit that can be added to a number of your dishes. Because they can be combined with other sports foods (along with their sole benefits) makes them one of the top athlete nutrition foods. They are also one of the more filling fruits that can be enjoyed alone to help you between your larger meals. An average banana would have about 108 calories, and is a good source of carbs and fiber (27+g and nearly 3g, respectively).
It's greatest nutritional value, however, may be the banana's 467 mg of potassium, helping to prevent cramping and promote cardiovascular health, as well as bone health. Other benefits include protecting your eyesight and promoting kidney health. They are also available year-round for reasonable prices.
When you have a choice, though, choose to consume the fruit instead of just the juice, especially those filled with sugar and aren't 100% juice. The spongy inner layer (somewhat white in color) that lies directly under the skin of the orange has a great deal of the nutrients, so make sure to eat that part to.
The aforementioned are, of course, more geared toward athletic benefits, but other overall health benefits include lowering cholesterol, boosting immunity, and protecting against breast cancer.
Salmon is on most all lists of top foods for athletes. This is mostly from the excellent source of Omega Three Essential Fatty Acids, but it also provides protein (as mentioned), niacin, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and B12. All of these contribute to salmon promoting overall cardiovascular health and preventing things such as stroke and heart attack.
Whole-wheat pasta is best for athletes when they are loading on carbs one or two days before their event. "True" whole-wheat pasta will provide good carbs, fiber, fiber, and a little protein (but you should add a protein to your pasta with something like the tuna or salmon previous mentioned). There are also some studies suggesting that whole grains will help prevent and reduce the effects of childhood asthma.
Just be aware that products may not be "true" whole-wheat. Check the package to make sure that the ingredients don't include "enriched" wheat flour, which strips the nutrients away.
Other Good Choices
Top "Complex" Top Athlete Nutrition Foods
Not only are smoothies most often combinations of top healthy foods, they are a tasty alternative to less healthy foods such as ice cream. This healthy alternative is like a treat that can feed your sweet tooth.
The other great thing about this athletic food is that you can also get creative and make any kind of smoothie that you want, so there's some variety. Have fun with it and find unique blends that you like. One other thing you can do is add grains or oatmeal (yet another top athlete nutrition food) to make them more of a "meal replacement."
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You can also create instant breakfast "smoothies" for lack of a better word. My friend had a great idea by throwing a banana and ice in a blender with instant breakfast and milk to make it a little more filling and provide a little more nutrition. It's just another convenient nutrition-rich food that you can get creative with and include in your diet.
More Top Athlete Nutrition Food Info...Note that another great source for more top nutritious foods and their benefits is so comprehensive, I can't really provide nearly the in-depth information without just referring you to the website for you to find more healthy athlete nutrition foods. Check out the recommendations here, then go to the world's healthiest foods.
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Help get yourself a combination of the top athlete nutrition foods with these smoothie recipes.
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