Oats for Athletes

Oats for Athletes

Oats are a perfect quick versatile go to meal for an athlete but with so many varieties it's hard to know what the healthiest choices are. Here a few fun facts. Nutritionally speaking one of the most beneficial things to know is that there is no difference between old fashioned oats, steel cut oats and instant oats. That's a big plus. The difference is in the manner they are processed. This transformation will cause differences in textures and cooking times. Do proceed with caution when purchasing instant oats because these at times will be packaged with added sugars which you may want to steer away from.

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Simple Spicy Lo Mein

Simple Spicy Lo Mein

This simple pasta dish is just what an athlete needs to obtain good carbohydrates and lasting energy. Here we used whole grain pasta which is a complex carbohydrate. The elements of the ingredients in this dish accompanied with the vitamins and minerals in the veggies in this recipe make it an excellent choice in getting ready to perform on the pitch. 

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Spicy Lasagna

Spicy Lasagna

As the saying goes "Everything in Moderation" and that can certainly apply here with this sinfully delicious lasagna. Lasagna doesn't exactly have a reputation for being healthy but it deserves much more credit than to be known as comfort food. So let's look at it in a new perspective. Let's talk cheese! Ricotta Cheese is an expected ingredient in lasagna recipes. Known for it's creamy luxurious texture but did you know it is a complete protein containing all of the amino acids our bodies need. This recipe also includes cottage cheese which like Ricotta has all of the essential amino acids to deem it a complete protein.

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Spinach Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas

Spinach Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas

There are a lot of good things to talk about in the recipe. Let's talk about one item that might surprise you as far as it's health benefits. Crimini mushrooms! Who would guess that they would be rich in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6. Some studies even found that some fresh crimini mushrooms contained Vitamin B12. The healthy bacteria on the mushroom's surface produces B12. Crimini mushrooms give us an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. To maintain their integrity be careful not to overcook them so they can retain their vitamins and minerals. The secret's out. Mushrooms finally get the recognition they deserve!

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Chickpea Salad with Roasted Garlic and Tomato

Chickpea Salad with Roasted Garlic and Tomato

The star of this show is the Chickpea! This little guy has protein and fiber which make our bodies rock. Chickpeas contain amino acids that we need to maintain healthy body tissues. Keep in mind that this is an incomplete protein source so it doesn't house all of the amino acids we need. Pair it with other foods such as whole grains, eggs, dairy, nuts or meat to make a complete protein and you will be set to get that body working properly. Chickpeas are also a fiber rich food. Fiber rich foods are awesome because they help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Fiber is able to achieve this by slowing down the digestion process so you aren't as susceptible to a spike in your blood sugar levels causing the crash and burn from fatigue. This is a feel good recipe that you can have as a quick snack or a light lunch.

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