For the length of time that I’ve been a coach, the biggest hurdle I find individuals struggle with is nutrition. It’s such an overwhelming subject matter that only a few professionals decide to take it on. You would think it’s pretty basic since you just need to find the balance between carbohydrates, protein, and fat. But each category presents an even deeper abyss that one needs to understand. What kind of carbs should I choose? Simple? Complex? Don’t different types of Protein have varying biological values? How about fat? Will eating fat eventually make me fat?
There are really too many variables to consider. First, I’d like to shed some light on my favorite nutrient of all, Carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates get a bad rap for causing people to gain weight. People tend to overlook the portion control and the quality of carbs being consumed. My role as a coach is to make sure that my athletes are properly fueled for their workout. If I don’t guide them properly on what to eat and how much, they won’t be able to perform at their best. Athletes need to realize that not all carbs are created equally. An athlete nourished by a baked potato before a workout will definitely outperform an athlete who just consumed a donut. The better the food quality, the better the physiological response.
Speaking of good quality carbs, I recently discovered some US potatoes at a local grocery. I decided to include them in my meal preparation and do some research on them as well. It turns out they’re everything I need for myself, and my athletes. Here are some useful facts about US potatoes.
- They’re an EXCELLENT source of carbohydrates ( And Resistant Starch )
- “Carb-loading” is a common practice among endurance athletes and they usually go for pasta, bread, and rice. As a high-quality carbohydrate option, US Potatoes have the additional benefit of RESISTANT STARCH and fiber. Due to this, it’s digested and absorbed more slowly.
- They’re nutrient dense and packed with energy
- Due to the rigors of training, the body needs various nutrients to recover. Eating calorie-dense food makes athletes feel bogged down and crash. Nutrient dense foods like US Potatoes are more energy packed than any kind of vegetable, having a good amount of potassium, fiber, protein, Vitamins C and E, calcium, iron, and magnesium. A medium skin-on 5.2-ounce potato only contains 110 calories. This quality allows athletes to recover faster, with the energy to get back on the training floor ready to go again.
- A Superfood that’s Gluten-free
- US Potatoes are a totally different plant which means it has zero gluten. For athletes who have poor tolerance for gluten, US Potatoes are an excellent option. Plus it’s packed with nutrients enough to classify it as a superfood!
- They’re easy to prepare and available locally
- Preparation is key to achieving a strong, healthy body. That’s why for athletes, US Potatoes are very versatile. You can grill them, bake them, mash them, microwave them. The possibilities are endless. They can also be easily found in major groceries like SM, Robinson’s and S&R.
The takeaway here is performance and body composition are dictated by nutrition and the food choices we make. I for one would definitely choose US potatoes to recommend to my own athletes and clients. Try them out yourself by checking out the different varieties available at your local grocery. Your strength levels won’t be the same without them.
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