PROTEIN RICH FOODS FOR YOUTH ATHLETES
We’re excited to have Sport’s Nutritionist Kate Feely guest posting on the #YADacademy blog today, utilising her extensive knowledge base to chat with you guys about all things nutrition and sport. Thanks, Kate! We’ll have to get you back again to share more of your expertise with us all soon!
Protein is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it helps your muscles recover from training and it also helps athletes maintain and/or gain muscle mass. Protein is also vital in maintaining regular hormone function, and it plays a major role in keeping you full.
Lots of people often don’t eat enough protein, and in turn, resort to using expensive protein supplements and powders. The reality is, there are a multitude of food sources high in protein that taste better and cost a whole lot less.
Some protein rich foods include:
• High protein yoghurt (e.g. Chobani, Siggi’s and YoPRO)
• Red meat
• Legumes (e.g. chickpeas, lentils and beans)
A good aim is to include a protein rich food source at each main meal. It might be eggs or yoghurt at breakfast, cold meat on your lunch sandwich and then grilled chicken or steak with dinner. When your protein intake is spread across the day, this enhances your recovery further, supports your body to gain muscle mass, and helps to keep you full.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Feely from Fitness with Food is an Accredited Sports Dietician that has worked with a number of athletes over the years, ranging from adolescents to masters age in a variety of sports at amateur to elite level. She is passionate about nutrition and takes a real balanced approach, so you enjoy what you are eating and are still able to maintain a healthy relationship with food. During her school years Kate competed at State and National level in Cross Country and Athletics, so she knows firsthand how important it is to get your nutrition on track. She continues to run, but nowadays prefers longer distances and has completed 10km runs, half marathons and full marathons, and is now beginning to give triathlons a go. Kate specialises in sports nutrition, gut health and disordered eating. You can visit Kate’s website here.