Injured Athletes: Nutrition Tips to Hasten Healing

Proper fuel for the body can also help speed up recovery. (photo via BigStock)

Being injured is one of the hardest parts of being an athlete. If you are unable to exercise due to broken bones, knee surgery, stress fracture, or concussion, you may wonder: What can I eat to heal quickly? How can I avoid getting fat while I’m unable to exercise? Should I be taking supplements? This […]

Expanding Your Sports Diet: Seeds and Grains

Nuts and seeds make for a good between-round snack.

Seeds and grains are health-enhancing choices to include in your sports diet, their nutritional value can sometimes get exaggerated. The following information offers a perspective on some “trendy” foods that are getting mainstreamed

Athlete’s Kitchen – Sports Nutrition News You Can Use May 2012

More than 450 members of SCAN, the nation’s largest professional group of Sports & Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCANdpg.org), convened in Baltimore (April 2012) to celebrate SCAN’s 30th birthday and learn the latest sports nutrition news. Here are a few highlights to help you eat to win! Beets, as well as rhubarb and arugala, are rich sources […]

Water: A Wonderful Performance Enhancer

Drinking more H20 can improve your performance.

Water is a wonderful performance enhancer. When a star U Conn basketball player took the advice of his sports nutritionist Nancy Rodriguez RD and started drinking enough to consistently void a light-colored urine, he was amazed at how much better he felt all day. Unfortunately, too many athletes overlook the power of this essential nutrient.  […]

Sports Snacks: Food Suggestions for Fueling Hungry Athletes

fruit-bowl

“What should I eat before I exercise?” That’s a key question—as well as what to eat during extended exercise—that athletes commonly ask me, a sport nutritionist. While they know the words carbs, proteins and fats, they often don’t know how to translate those words into food choices. Hence, the goal of this article is to […]

Protein for Athletes Q&A

Grilled steak + chicken: Yum!

Protein is a hot topic among athletes of all sports. They want to know how much protein they need, when they should eat it, what’s the best kind of protein, and if they should buy sports drinks with protein. The purpose of this article to answer some of these questions and leave you with this […]

Chocolate: Is It a “Health Food”?

Dark chocoloate - health food?

Chocolate is being touted as a health food now. Nutritionist Nancy Clark digs down into this to describe the good, bad, and ugly on chocolate as a healthy part of an athlete’s diet. Is chocolate good for you? Better yet, what types of chocolate are the best?