When you’re juggling training with the rest of your busy life, one of the first things to suffer is your diet (healthy does not always equal convenient), which will affect your performance and overall health. These strategies will get your nutrition back on track for a better, stronger and healthier you—no calorie counting or complicated dietary restrictions required.
1. Stock a smart kitchen
When you hungrily open up your pantry door and see nothing but packaged mac-n-cheese, half an onion and some leftover Halloween candy, chances are high that you will end up making some not-so-healthy eating choices. Keeping some nutritional powerhouses on hand that can fit into several different meal options can help you get a healthier meal on the table with little effort.
“We always keep sardines on hand because they offer a big dose of omega-3s,” says Dorette Franks, a registered dietitian, triathlon coach and Ultraman finisher. “I also think eggs, sprouted grain tortillas and salsa make for a great combination, especially for breakfast, which is one of those meals people often skip to their own detriment because it sets them up to overeat or not eat well later in the day.”
Here are some more staples she recommends that are nutrient-dense and can be used in a variety of recipes or to snack on in a pinch:
miso and/or bone broth
lean meats or tofu/tempeh
corn or rice cakes
mini Babybel cheeses
pre-washed leafy greens