"Eat to train; don't train to eat", is a common mantra that athletes use to keep them focused on their nutrition. As training changes throughout the year, so should their diet. Eating clean by choosing whole foods and eliminating packaged foods can be an effective way for the athlete to make performance gains during key training periods. But how do fun foods fit in? Does this mean they need to forgo all of life's sweet pleasures?
A lean physique is desired for performance benefits in most sports so overdoing it on high calorie desserts isn’t the best strategy for maintaining and improving body composition. This fear of eating too many sweets often creates an "all or nothing mentality" with food that isn’t always healthy. They might be able to stick with their strict diet for a little while but will eventually give in and it often backfires.
The athlete can and should indulge their sweet tooth just like anyone else, but they can play it smart and be strategic. Opt for sweets that are lower in calories and give back to the body. Whole foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber help to eliminate that sluggish feeling often felt after eating sweets. Fruits make an awesome dessert for an athlete because they hydrate, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system too.
This Nutella Crepe is a great example of a healthier dessert for an athlete. At only 175 calories the combination of fresh fruits, smear of chocolate spread, and a delicate crepe keeps it light enough to enjoy without wrecking performance goals.
These Nutella Crepes are stuffed with fresh berries and make the perfect light dessert! Tweet this
- 1 crepe
- 1 tablespoon nutella
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 2 strawberries, sliced
- Spread nutella evenly on crepe. Layer berries on top and roll together, taking care not to tear crepe. Cut in half and serve.