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 No. 1
They may be small but eggs really make a punch when it comes to nutritional value; 2 medium eggs provide you with around 15g of protein, 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin B12, essential for the formation of red blood cells as well as being packed with selenium, powerful anti-oxidant.
A lot of people still avoid eggs due to the concern over cholesterol but in fact a medium egg only contains 4.6g of fat of which only 1.3g comes from saturated fat.
Studies have also shown that individuals who consumed 2 eggs for Breakfast every morning ate 300 calories less the rest of the day; making eggs a really good start to the day on low intensity or rest days!