When we talk with our athletes about nutrition, they are often expecting a complex diet with specific amounts of macronutrients and precise meal times. While there may be some value to this approach, the most important component of any diet is consistency. As a result, we take a simple approach in order to maximize the chances of success. But, simple does not necessarily mean easy – it still takes a lot of planning, preparation, and commitment.
Our nutrition philosophy is about choosing nutrient dense foods to fuel recovery and performance. Athletes thrive on this simple approach because all they have to do is focus on hitting specific benchmarks for Protein, Vegetables, and Water everyday. Rather than being distracted by complex prescriptions, athletes can focus on learning strategies and developing habits for success.
The biggest change for most athletes is an increased focus on vegetables in their diet. We set a target of eight servings of veggies everyday, with one serving equal to the size of a fist. The vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and fiber found in vegetables are all extremely important for physical recovery and health. In order to get all eight servings it takes extra planning to get veggies with every meal, as well as prioritizing veggies instead of starchy carbohydrates like bread and pasta which are low in nutrient density.
The Smoothie Solution
Smoothies are a fast and easy strategy for getting more veggies. However, you should avoid the typical smoothie shop that uses excessive amounts of sugar and know what’s really in your smoothie by making it yourself.
Simple Spinach and Berry
- 3 big handfuls of spinach
- 2 handfuls of carrots
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 scoop Vanilla Promasil + 8 oz water
This quick and easy smoothie packs four servings of veggies and 25 grams of protein without all the added sugar that you might find at a smoothie shop. When you are able to drink your veggies while you are doing other things, it completely transforms your ability to hit your targets for the day.