As part of our growing list of content here at LIJSoccer.com we are introducing a weekly feature discussing the importance of good nutrition, not only in terms of how it helps your performance, but how it also contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Want to know what you should eat before a game? After? In the offseason? What about a plan for the right way to eat during those long tournament weekends when you may only have an hour between games?
Be sure to check back each week as our LIJSoccer nutrition expert, Cristina Rivera of Nutrition in Motion gives you all those answers and more. Each week, Cristina will offer a fun nutritional fact that can help you get a better understanding of healthy eating, and twice a month will post more detailed features regarding the best way to lay out a proper nutrition plan for young athletes.
This week’s fun nutritional fact stresses eating well first thing in the morning.
“Eating within one hour of waking up in the morning prevents the breakdown of muscle glycogen, increases your metabolic rate and provides energy needed to fuel workouts. If time constraints prevent you from having a healthy breakfast, try preparing a grab and go option the night before. Convenient choices include a PB&J on a whole wheat bagel, a breakfast sandwich made with egg whites, turkey bacon, & reduced fat cheese on a whole grain English muffin, or a smoothie with ½ cup low fat yogurt blended with fresh or frozen fruit and 1-2 Tbsp of nuts or seeds.”
Cristina Rivera is the President of Nutrition in Motion PC, a registered dietician, and a Board Certified Sports Nutritionist. Her clinical work at the NYU Hospital of Joint Diseases, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Bellevue Hospital has given her a diverse and skilled background in medical nutrition therapy. As a certified specialist is sports dietetics, Cristina has worked with numerous running and triathlon teams to design specific meal plans for athletes during training and on race days. She has also served as a consulting sports nutritionist for the NYU athletic department and currently consults for the Coca-Cola company. Cristina has been featured in Shape, Women’s Running magazine, Women’s Day, and on ESPN.com.