The main goal of sports nutrition is to fuel the body to perform the sport or activity at an optimal level. For athletes wanting to gain weight or even maintain weight, eating during the season can become more of a task than something enjoyable. An easy way to increase nutritional intake is to increase the nutrient density of food intake. Here are some easy ways to start:
o Choose bagels over bread for sandwiches & toast
o Choose granola instead of regular cereal
o Choose milk or juice instead of water at meals
o Add peanut butter to bagels, crackers, oatmeal, waffles & fruit
o Add nuts to granola, yogurt, and dry cereal as a snack
o Add avocado to wraps, sandwiches & dips
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.