CARLY'S TOP 5
Co-op Colleague and British Para Athlete Carly Tait, spends plenty of time on the road, travelling to events, training sessions, and to give talks and presentations to those she is inspiring. Not much time for the busy athlete to stop and prepare meals and snacks, but still with a strict plan to stick to as she prepares for the World Para Athletic Championships London 2012. We asked Carly to outline her top 5 snacks that she can take anywhere with her, and provide the perfect balance to her performance diet:
Bananas have long been a favorite for me, and are a rich source of potassium and other nutrients. Eating half a banana every 15 minutes during exercise is as effective as sipping a comparable amount of sports drink in terms of sustaining exercise performance.
2. Soreen lunchbox pack
Two slices of buttered Malt loaf after training is something a lot of the athletes I train with turn to. It provides a rich energy boost for the day ahead.
3. Cashew nuts
Cashew nuts can be part of a nutritious post-workout meal or snack that maximizes my energy levels and muscle synthesis. Cashew nuts are low in sodium, and I don’t need many to replace lost calories.
4. Natural yogurt
Easy to pick up and eat, and great to have with some mixed nuts and seeds, I like to have natural yogurt with me for the end of my lunch stop. It also has a lot of the protein, and calcium I need after a workout.
A tasty bonus! If I have had a hard double training day I can add in a Frijj yogurt drink, which provides the same protein and calcium, with a fruit flavour and some sugar boosts that I will need when training so hard
As well as being perfect on-the-go food for the para-athlete in training, these snacks all make great lunch box fillers for kids and grownups, and you can easily pick them up on your way to work at your local Co-op. Find your store here.