As the 2014 Winter Olympics draw to a close, ever wonder what the athletes eat to stay fueled and ready to perform at their best? Competitors typically incorporate a combination of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and nutrient dense fruits and veggies into their training diets. “That’s the nutritional base for many of my meals—but every sport gets a different ratio of nutrients.” says Allen Tran, this year’s U.S. Ski and Snowboard chef.
Olympic athletes often eat five to six meals a day with protein at each to increase lean muscle mass and maintain maximum efficiency. A protein-rich diet combined with extra hydration enables athletes to train harder and recover more quickly.
What does this mean for the Olympic village cafeteria? Tons of food--literally. Looking back at the 2012 Summer Olympics, athletes, coaches and team staff ate:
330 tons of fruits and veggies
232 tons of potatoes
100 tons of beef
More than 82 tons of seafood
31 tons of poultry
21 tons of cheese
19 tons of eggs
25,000 loaves of bread
What’s the typical daily caloric intake of our current Olympic athletes in Sochi? “Big, burly downhill Alpine skiers are much like American football players and will need more protein and calories (approx. 4,000 calories) than ski jumpers (approx. 2,000-2,500 calories).” said Allen Tran.
So whether you’re training for the Giant Slalom or planning this week’s meals for your family…go for nutritional gold by incorporating Chicken of the Sea seafood into your diet!
Source: SI.com, 1/31, CBS News.com, 8/10/12, WebMD, 8/8/08