Every athlete knows that nutrition is one of the most important, yet overlooked parts of training. Everything that I put into my body is helping to fuel or refuel my workouts so it’s important to get a good balance of carbs and protein so that I can keep going.
One of my favorite pre-workout meals is a smoothie. It’s easy to make and portable so that if I need to drink it en route to the pool, I can. It’s also a great way to get all of the nutrients I need into one meal.
My dietitian, Leslie Bonci, gave me a recipe for a triple berry smoothie, which has great flavor, but she also explained it provides energy and has antioxidants for anti-inflammatory effects.
Just remember 3 fruits for the 3 events in triathlon!
Leslie suggested that I add in Greek yogurt, which has protein to help my muscles stay healthy and rebuild after a hard workout. Milk is also a great way to get protein and not many people know this but it has electrolytes – key for athletes – and calcium for bone health.
Finally, I add in honey for quick energy and flavor.
Hines' Triple Berry Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen mixed fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
- 8 oz vanilla Greek yogurt
- 8 oz skim milk
- Honey, to sweeten as desired
Blend together and enjoy!
You can substitute berries/fruits based on your tastes.