As I have discussed in previous posts, nutrition plays a major role in your performance as an athlete. It is imperative you fuel correctly with foods that will not only give you adequate energy but will also provide substantial nutrition as well. Nutrition is a powerful tool in creating and maintaining a healthy body and as well all know, a healthy body is the number one thing you need to find success as an athlete.
Many runners, cyclists, swimmers, and triathletes are carb eaters. Not only are carbs a nutritional powerhouse (think B vitamins, fiber, folate), they are also an excellent source of energy. When we eat foods rich in carbs, our bodies build a nice little supply of glucose. Glucose=energy. Bread, oatmeal, grains, and pasta are a few examples of carb heavy foods.
I’ve always been a big fan of whole wheat pastas but recently tried quinoa pasta and I have to say, I really enjoy it. Quinoa pasta still provides lots of carbs and is also high in protein and iron. Per serving, quinoa pasta has 42 grams of carbs, 6 grams of protein, and 12 percent of your daily iron needs. While the nutrition isn’t that much different from the whole wheat version, you can buy gluten free varieties. I don’t suffer from a gluten sensitivity but I know a lot of people do. This may be a good option for those who would like to chow down on some pasta but don’t want to deal with the icky side effects. Of course, I’m no doctor. Make sure you chat with yours first before loading up your plate
Basil Pesto Quinoa Pasta with Roasted Chicken and Spinach
- 2 oz quinoa pasta
- a blob of jarred basil pesto
- 3 oz shredded rotisserie chicken
- handful spinach
What to do
- fill pot with water and boil
- add pasta to boiling water and let cook for aproximately 15 minutes
- once cooked to your liking, drain and return to pot
- toss pasta with pesto, chicken, and spinach
- plate and serve
This dish is really good, very easy, and provides a plethora of good for you foods. Good carbs from the pasta, protein from the chicken, good fats from the pesto, and vitamins A, K, E, C, B2, B3, B1, and B6. Well rounded and energy packed.
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