Nutrition Tips from PowerBar Athletes

This is my last day of work before a nice, long Thanksgiving break! I’ll try to contain my excitement!  Hopefully you will be getting at least a couple extra days off, too! 🙂

I know many readers of mine are athletes.  This means different things to different people.  To me, it means you move your body.  You don’t have to compete or do the latest fad workout to be considered an athlete.  If you actively exercise, anything from walking to running to CrossFit to yoga to swimming to Zumba, whatever, you are an athlete.  Hence, you need to fuel your body properly.  So here are some Nutrition Tips from PowerBar Athletes.

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Nutrition Tips from PowerBar Athletes

  • When training for a race or athletic event, having a proper nutrition plan is essential. In addition to fueling during a workout, it is important to replenish glycogen and protein stores within 30 minutes after exercise. If you can’t sit down for a meal, pack a PowerBar, some fresh fruit or a pre-mixed water bottle with protein powder.
  • Make sure to eat every three hours. Staying hydrated with fresh water also plays a vital role in both cell function and weight loss.
  • The majority of your diet should be from fresh vegetables, fruit, lean meats and fish. Do your best to stay away from farm-raised animal meats and eat local organic food.
  • During a long training run, re-energize with a PowerGel Energy Gels to provide you with some energy and help boost your performance.
  • In advance of a big race, keep meals fairly bland and simple with a gradual increase in carb intake (i.e. pasta and rice) over the week prior to the race. If you’re struggling, try grazing as opposed to large meals.
  • Post-race nutrition is key. A good ice bath and massage never hurts either! Immediately get calories in after you finish a race. If you are not ready for a big meal, grab a banana and have a protein shake or PowerBar ProteinPlus bar with some fruit.

Desiree Linden is a US Olympian, 2:22 marathoner and was the top American woman at the 2014 New York City Marathon and 2015 Boston Marathon. This summer she earned the Silver Medal in the Pan-Am Games 10,000 m in Toronto.

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Josh Cox is a four-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, three-time National Team Member and the American Record Holder in the 50K. In 2009 and 2011 his 50K race times were the fastest in the world. 

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My absolute favorite PowerBar is the protein plus in the vanilla flavor. I love a good vanilla protein bar, and PowerBar’s vanilla is dense, chewy, and so unbelievably delicious.  Not to mention, it’s loaded with protein – 20 grams per bar!

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What is a nutrition tip that you would add to this list?

~Disclaimer: While this post is supported by PowerBar, it is not sponsored. I received PowerBar sampled, but no other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

4 thoughts on “Nutrition Tips from PowerBar Athletes

  1. I think so many people believe that you get can all your nutrition in at once: I ran really far, so I’m going to go bananas and refuel RIGHT NOW. But the truth of the matter is that you really do need to spread out your eating and nutrition throughout the day for best absorption!

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