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3 Healthy Recipes for the Time-Crunched Athlete

Smart nutrition isn't about eating restrictively. It's knowing how to fit high-quality meals into a hectic lifestyle—by shopping for the right ingredients, having go-to recipes, and making sure you eat right when your body needs a boost.<p>Unlike protein and fat, carbohydrates are used by the body …

Whitney’s Everything Energy Bars

I used to live in Columbia, Missouri, where I frequented the Saturday morning farmers’ market. I’d usually show up after a long run, which meant I was hungry. Really hungry. And I discovered there was nothing more satisfying after pounding the pavement for a dozen-plus miles than a huge (I’m …

Blend for Yourself

<b>PRE-WORKOUT ENERGY BOOST</b><i><br>Green Power</i>From endurance runner Scott Jurek and his book <i>Eat & Run</i><p>1 banana<br>1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple chunks<br>2 cups water<br>1 teaspoon spirulina powder<br>1/2 teaspoon miso paste<p><b>RECOVERY</b><i><br>Purplepatch Power Potion</i><br>From coach Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness<p>1 kiwi<br>1/2 cup …

The Ultimate Vegan Burger

Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek says he grew up as a “meat-and-potatoes kid who didn’t like to run much.” As an adult, he has won seven Western States Endurance Runs and two Badwater Ultramarathons, and he set a new American record for the most miles run in 24 hours (165.7). And he’s done it all on a …

5 Essential Foods—and How to Prepare Them

Eat Right For Life<p>You’re getting older. It’s time to accept the fact that you can’t stay out for last call, then make it up for a 6:30 A.M. mountain-bike ride. And enough already with your daily routine of coffee-and-bagel breakfasts, takeout lunches, and pizza-and-beer recovery meals. A study in …

Athlete Recipes: Alpinist Ueli Steck's Recovery Risotto

<b>THE MEAL:</b> Known as the Swiss Machine for his inhuman speed ascents, like his one-hour-and-fifty-six-minute solo of the Matterhorn’s north face in 2009, Steck requires foods that are calorie rich but don’t slow him down. Before training, which consists of four-hour runs, pull-ups, and squats, he’ll …

How to Make Energy Bars

1 ½ lbs chopped dates<p>3 tbsp maple syrup<br>1 tsp vanilla<br>2 tsp fresh orange zest or Grand Marnier, or<br>¼ tsp orange extract<br>½ tsp sea salt<br>¼ tsp allspice<br>› tsp cardamom<br>½ c dried currants or other dried fruit<br>½ c chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds<br>½ c of your favorite<br>granola or toasted oats<p><b>1.</b> Chop the dates …

Mark Bittman's Favorite Recipes for Athletes | Outside Online

A routine physical turns into a wake-up call for lots of people. Six years ago it was my turn. The numbers were in, and they were bad. Weight, cholesterol, and glucose were all up, and there were other symptoms—apnea, bad knees, and a couple of things I won’t talk about—that were equally …

The Best Energy Bar Ever

There are as many sports nutrition bars as candy bars these days, so the idea of making your own portable energy food might seem like overkill. But many of the grocery store options are packed with additives and preservatives, which can be tough on an athlete’s stomach. Plus, the sugary nature of …