Athletes

How Athletes Can Keep Their Nutrition On Track

athlete drinking a Klean protein shake

Even the most organised of us can find ourselves overwhelmed occasionally in the middle of a busy week. When you’re trying to juggle work, social commitments, training and eating the right foods to fuel your performance, it’s often healthy eating that will fall to the bottom of the pile.

The temptation to get a quick sugar hit from processed snacks can be huge when you’re tired from juggling multiple priorities, but it’s so important to stay on track with your nutrition plan to fuel your fitness and continue performing at your peak.

When life gets busy, we know that staying on track isn’t always easy, which is why we’ve compiled five top tips to keep you on top of your nutrition plan, so you can keep on fuelling your foundation as you work towards your goals.

athlete making a protein shake using Klean Isolate

1. Macro Monitoring

All serious athletes will track their macros (macronutrients), so if you want to class yourself in this elite club, you need to take nutrient tracking seriously, no matter how busy you are.

The macros you need to focus on to fuel your body are whole grain carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats, and you need to make sure these are incorporated in every meal you eat. Think brown rice with salmon and avocado, or perhaps a chicken and black bean bowl, topped with a fried egg – there are so many different ways to combine your macros to keep healthy eating interesting and exciting.

By including the right balance of macros in your meals, you’ll be making sure you’re getting the 30+ micros (micronutrients) your body needs each day, including essential vitamins and minerals.

Create a meal plan at the start of each week, basing every meal and snack around the key macros; then, your shopping list will be aligned and there’ll be fewer obstacles in the way of you and your goals.

2. Keep Your Kitchen Stocked

Sticking to a healthy shopping list is key – if you’re not buying unhealthy food, it won’t be in your cupboards, meaning there’ll be fewer temptations and you’ll be much more likely to stay on track.

Keep your cupboards, fridge and freezer well-stocked with plenty of nutritious ingredients and snacks, and do whatever food prep you can to make the rest of the week easier for yourself. Batch cooking can save you heaps of time and energy later on in the week, and it means you’ll know exactly what you’ve got ready to eat at the end of a long day.

Sometimes, only a snack will do, but if you’ve made all of yours ahead of time and know exactly what’s in them, you can snack in line with your wider nutrition plan. We recommend rustling up some of our Klean banana bread or some high-protein muffins to keep to hand for any mid-afternoon slumps.

high-protein muffin

3. Ready, Set, On the Go

If you’re having a few days away, travelling to a competition or you’re simply out of the house for a long day of work and meetings, meal planning and prepping will need to happen on the go.

Temptation is everywhere when you’re stopping off at convenience stores or service stations, so do your research beforehand and look up restaurants and cafes offering healthy choices, as well as nearby grocery shops or supermarkets, so you can prep healthy meals yourself.

If you’re not going to have access to kitchen facilities on your travels, there are still plenty of healthy grab-and-go options, such as pre-packed carrot sticks with hummus, boiled egg and spinach pots, and protein drinks.

However, to make your own protein shakes with Klean Isolate, you only need water to mix your protein powder with, so pack some of our sachets and continue to fuel yourself with our clean whey isolate while you’re on the go.

4. Plan for the Unknown

Busy lives can take unexpected turns, with delays to your commute or a sudden change in plans leaving you hungry, unprepared and inching closer to unhealthy, processed options that won’t do your body – or your overall fitness and nutrition plan – any good.

The key to staying on track is to always be prepared. Keep your fridge well-stocked with plenty of healthy nibbles, take snacks out with you whenever you’re going to be out for more than a couple of hours – consider taking a cool bag to store them in to keep them in fresh condition for longer.

5. Be Mindful of What You’re Drinking

Fuelling your foundation so you can perform at your peak isn’t just about what you’re eating, but also what you’re drinking.

drink made using Klean Hydration

When you’re busy, it can be easy to forget to take in enough fluids, and it’s not always convenient, if you don’t have a water bottle with you. Remember, if you feel thirsty, this is a sign of dehydration, so it’s important to carry a water bottle with you at all times, and add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice in there for extra hydration and flavour.

Tea is also a good drink for keeping yourself hydrated; coffee can also be beneficial, in moderate amounts.

If you choose to swap water for milk when making porridge or hot chocolate for extra calcium to help keep your bones healthy and strong, make sure you’re getting enough water elsewhere throughout the day.

It’s also vital to replenish your body with enough fluids if you’re exercising regularly. Of course, it’s not just fluids that your body loses from intense exercise, but also important electrolytes, and this is exactly what our Klean Hydration formula is designed to address.

Klean Hydration comprises 6% carbohydrates from glucose and fructose, alongside additional minerals to help replace fluid and electrolytes in the body before, during and after physical activity.

Learn more about hydrating your body with Klean Athlete:

The Ultimate Guide to Hydrating Your Body

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2020-05-21 09:41:28By Klean Athlete



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