Renee McGregor (Dietitian, Author of ‘Training Food’) – nutrition expert
No matter who I am working with, elite, recreational or non-athletes, the key is to help them to tailor their nutritional intake to their training, lifestyle, family commitments and budget. Many of these so-called super foods on the market are costly; you need to eat an awful lot of kale to get the rich nutritional value that is quoted for health benefits.
In my new book, Training Food” and in my daily practice I have introduced my list of “hero foods” for athletes. The list is by no means exhaustive but in my opinion these particular budget friendly hero foods are my top 10 and are a must on all athletes shopping lists.
Hero Food 2 Greek Yoghurt
I’m a great fan of yoghurt as a recovery option but I particularly favour fat Free Greek yoghurt This is ue to its very high protein content. Most natural Greek yoghurt provides 10g of protein/100g, which is double the amount, found in standard yoghurts. Protein is an important nutrient required in the recovery process in order to repair and rebuild muscles, helping them to adapt to the training process.
Greek yoghurt is an ideal choice due to its versatility – it can be mixed into fruit, added to smoothies, eaten with cereal such as muesli or granola or even used as a base for a bit more of a decadent dessert, meaning you can enjoy your pudding guilt free, knowing that it is also the perfect recovery food.