Cooking with Athletes answers the question “What should an athlete eat to perform their best on and off the field?” It's a tool that connects athletes to athletes, and parents to athletes, with the hope to encourage better fueling for health and performance. By sharing recipes, knowledge, and experience from current and former athletes, chefs who cook for them, and trainers who strengthen them, we hope to enrich the lives of athletes everywhere.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Patrick Otte signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on March 30, 2011 following a recommendation from Strikers’ Assistant Coach Jim Rooney. 19 year-old Otte made his first professional appearance in the Strikers’ home opener against FC Edmonton on April 9th, coming on as a second half substitute in the 2-1 loss. On May 11 against the Carolina RailHawks, Otte scored his first goal as a professional, just eight minutes into his first professional start.
Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)’s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community.
After fifteen years of experience teaching nutrition and physical activity to youth, Lynne Kunins established FLIPANY as a 501c (3) non-profit organization in 2005. She saw, first hand, the ill effects lack of access to nutrition and physical education had on children who were living in low-income communities. Lynne developed FLIPANY to address the health and education disparities in these underserved areas of Florida.
FLIPANY serves youth and families, including seniors, through collaborations with community centers, parks, and other social services agencies. Our innovative programs fight childhood obesity and hunger by focusing on healthy food preparation, food security, physical education and work-site wellness. Many of our programs include on site food demonstrations, nutrition education and cooking classes.
FLIPANY is the lead Florida partner of the Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® Program, nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods® Foundation and Wal-Mart. Cooking Matter’s collaborative program model connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that teach adults, teens and youth how to purchase and prepare healthy foods in safe and tasty ways.
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The meal that by far has the most impact on your energy levels for the day is breakfast; it is labelled the most important meal of the day for a reason! What you consume at the beginning of the day will directly influence your endurance, speed, and all other contributing factors to an athlete’s overall performance. No matter what your time constraints or level of hunger, this meal is not to be missed by any serious athlete.
The types of foods you should eat when you get out of bed in the morning depend on the type...Read more
The Skinny on Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These little health-boosters are some of the most beneficial – and essential – nutrients for maintaining good health. Our bodies are incapable of producing these polyunsaturated acids, though, so it’s up to us to stick to good nutritional habits in order to get the daily amount that we need.
The benefits of omega-3 acids are numerous. The following is a list of just some of the areas that can benefit from these acids:
Heart Disease – Omega-3s help with the circulation of the blood stream by reducing possible clots, reducing inflammation, and decreasing the amount of fats...Read more
Here are 2 charts that you can use to chart your progress. Your Chrono Nutrition Plan (CNP) will help you determine when and what types of food are most beneficial to your performance.
Cooking With Athletes - Daily Food Journal
Print as PDF or Download the Excel SheetUse the Daily Food Journal to track your food intake and how it has effected your performance.
Cooking With Athletes - Gameday Journal
Print as PDF or Download the Excel SheetUse the Gameday Journal to track your food intake and how it has effected your performance.Read more
Leave it to the Greek…Yogurt that is. You’ll never look at yogurt the same again once you discover the many benefits Greek yogurt offers and the variety of ways you can use it in your everyday cooking.
In order to be the best, you must consider the best. And as far as yogurt goes, Greek yogurt is the best. Your average yogurt is just that, average. Greek yogurt is way above average. It has two times as much protein as regular yogurt (about 20 grams total for a one-cup serving.) Additionally, it is naturally low in sugar, carbs, and sodium. A...Read more
EPOC, or excess post oxygen consumption, is the idea of burning calories and fat even after your workout is over. This “afterburn” affect is a huge reason why exercise can speed up weight loss beyond calculating the energy expenditure that occurs during the workout. Research has shown that training with weights and using interval training or anything that pushes the intensity above traditional steady-state cardiovascular exercise (think walking slowly on a treadmill), can increase the total number of calories that you burn over up to 38 hours following your workout. While most studies have focused on single...Read more