Fuel Up with These Fall Favorites
Athletes, especially endurance athletes, are often associated with a diet rich in bread, pasta, bananas, and energy bars for performance energy needs. The truth be told, there are many wonderful foods that work great for stocking glycogen stores and fueling athletic performance. Consider some of these fall food favorites!
One cup of sweet potato contains about 41 grams of carbohydrate and 4 grams of protein. Compare this to one cup of pasta that contains about 43 grams of carbohydrate and 8 grams of protein. Sweet potatoes are also rich in nutrients such as vitamin A, C, and potassium.
Boiled butternut squash can be pureed and seasoned for a wonderful warming soup after a chilly Fall workout. One cup of butternut squash contains more potassium than a medium banana. It also serves as a source of vitamins A, C, and magnesium.
Apples and Pears
The sweet taste of an apple or pear works great for filling the carbohydrate craving, candy munching sweet tooth of an athlete. Phytochemicals found in apples and pears actually support regulating blood sugar. Try ditching the candy bowl and reach for an apple or pear instead.