Good Morning! Fall is in full swing and schedules for everyone are ramping up. Having dinner prepped and ready when you get home from a busy day is a HUGE step in the right direction when you are implementing healthy eating for your family. Legumes (beans) are a quick, easy and healthy source of complex carbohydrates, lean protein and fiber and hold up well when prepared ahead of time and re-heated later in the day (or week). In addition, beans are very satiating (help to keep you full) and therefore can help decrease hunger which can lead to smaller portions, decrease snacking and weight loss.
WHAT YOU EAT IMPACTS HOW YOU PLAY
Snacks are key in helping athletes make it from lunch until dinner. Practicing on an empty stomach can lead to poor performance, lack of energy, headaches, and lack of focus. I remind the athletes I work with that the one thing they have control over is what they eat. This can make all the difference and can give them the Competitive Edge over the other kids!
Happy Fourth of July! Yummy Asian Chopped Salad Recipe!
As a mom to 4 active boys, I have attended my fair share of baseball and lacrosse tournaments, football jamborees and cross-country meets. I cringe every time I walk past the garbage cans on the field, overflowing with sports drink and soda bottles. Hydrating the kids is key but what you are hydrating them with is even more important!
Those of you who have been following the blog for a while have witnessed my bit of an obsession with Trader Joes. Although I do not do my weekly shopping there, I try to make a trip at least once or twice a month.
Several months ago I was approached by someone I only really knew through sports and friends regarding losing weight and getting fit. She was at her wit’s end with her weight and dieting and wanted to make some permanent changes in her health. She wanted to get off the diet roller coaster. She had a good handle on food and nutrition but was confused how to make it a lifestyle. I asked her to share her story with us as a form of motivation and education. She is living proof that you don’t have to starve and white knuckle your way to a healthy weight. Thank-you for sharing your story with all of us!