I love the Olympics— the anticipation, the excitement, the medal ceremonies, and of course, the food! Olympic athletes know the importance of fueling and have the ability to distinguish what foods are best for performance and which ones are not. Their bodies need certain foods to help them meet the demands of their sports and also help them recover before their next competition.
While McDonald’s will have a presence at the Olympic games in the Athlete’s Village, you can bet that cheeseburgers and french fries aren't on the menu. After all, well-trained athletes should know never to introduce new foods on a competition day and the Olympics are the biggest competition of their lives!
Ever wonder what Olympic athletes actually eat ? Recently the Huffington Post Canada compiled a list of 26 foods Olympic Athletes are eating. While some may be strange because to those of us here in the U.S. (think horse sausage and beans on toast), many of their choices are very healthy. Check out the list below, and maybe try out a bit of the olympian diet at home!
Almond butter and honey sandwiches: These simple ingredients offer a great balance of carbs and protein for a quick snack in between competitions. When compared to other nuts, almonds are the highest in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects your body from free radical damage.
Greek yogurt: This is one of my favorite superfoods for many reasons and Chobani is actually one of the sponsors of the Olympic team. Not only is it loaded with protein but it is high in calcium, thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, great for recovery and also contains probiotics, aka good bacteria!
Eggs: Eggs are one of the most versatile, nutritious and inexpensive foods out there. They're great for an easy-to-digest protein that contains nutrients like choline, B12, selenium, and Vitamin D, which are essential for good health.
Jam sandwiches: Jam is a great way to get an extra serving of fruit in your diet. If you are worried about unhealthy “stuff” in your spread, check out Welch’s natural spreads with no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and no preservatives!
Kale: This superfood is low in calories and high in nutrients, and is a great source of antioxidants to help athletes recover. Try throwing some in your protein shakes after a workout or for breakfast in the morning. You won’t even know it’s there!
Protein shakes: Protein is necessary for brain function, building new cells, and maintaining lean tissue. You want to get a recovery shake within 30 minutes after a workout coupled with some carbohydrates. I love throwing a banana into my shakes after a long run.
For a complete list of which athletes eat which foods, check out the full article here.