Nutrition Tip | Lifestyle Challenges
Tuesday, 08 October 2019
A busy lifestyle can be very common for a lot of athletes. Between going to school/uni, working and training, it can present many challenges for meeting nutrition goals. The most difficult part can be being prepared and organised for post training meals when arriving home late in the evening.
During our supermarket tour with the hockey athletes, we covered some basic tips on how to create quick easy and balanced meals that meet their requirements for post training. Some of the discussion points included:
- Consider your schedule for the week and plan your meals accordingly. For instance, select quick and easy meals for heavy training days and leave meals that take a little longer to cook to your rest days or days off.
- Write out your week’s menu plan and use it to make your shopping list
- All meals should contain a carbohydrate rich food (a grain/ cereal), plus a protein (lean meat, dairy or alternative), and a fruit vegetable or salad component
- How to build a balanced meal within 5-10 minutes – using products such as microwave rice, precooked salmon/roast chicken, frozen vegetables
Our session finished up with a cooking session, where we made a quick and easy pasta Bolognese. The focus was learning basic cooking techniques to prepare them for moving out of home. The meal that we created ticked the boxes for protein, quality carbohydrates, iron (we used Pulse pasta) and fibre and it was ready within 20 minutes