You have a big race or competition tomorrow morning and you know you need to eat a substantial dinner the night before. But how do you actually make your favorite dinners that you usually make a little bit healthier for you? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
1. Ramen. Try adding an egg to your quick ramen dish for a little extra protein. Frozen vegetable like green beans or spinach can be great too.
2. Pizza. Onions, mushrooms, peppers! Add them all when you order late night pizza.
3. Frozen burritos. Yikes! These are best to skip all together, but if you must then lets pick one that is lower in sodium and has at least four different veggies in it. Read the nutrition facts label carefully. Remember "If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it" is a great rule to follow when purchasing cheap processed foods.
4. Burgers. Lets make sure there is tomato, lettuce, and onions on there. Go easy on the bacon.
5. Microwave mac and cheese. Grab some baby carrots, broccoli, or spinach from the dining hall and bring them back to the mini fridge in your dorm room. Toss them into your mac and cheese and enjoy some extra nutrients.
Notice a pattern here? Yes, you can improve any meal by adding nutrient dense vegetables to it. It is, of course, a healthier option to make these dinner dishes from scratch using whole ingredients. But while you are a full time student-athlete, time and money can play a huge factor in how well you can eat unfortunately. If you are looking for more individualized recommendations, head over to my Services Page and lets work together to find the best fuel for you.