Today, ASAP Athletic Strength And Power will be launching a new segment called: "The Shopping Cart". Our panel of experts (Medical Doctors, PhD's, Registered Dieticians and long time coaches) will make suggestions and recommendations for you. All you have to do is head down to your local grocery store and fill the cart!
First things first....and that means Breakfast. When asked, many high school athletes admit that they skipped breakfast. For an athlete in training, this is no way to start the day. Many nutritionists consider breakfast as The Most Important Meal of the Day.
Today's "Shopping Cart" suggestions are:
- Cereals..... and Coach Ted Lambrinides suggests "any cereal that doesn't float in the milk.....The exception to that would be Cheerio's"
- More Cereals..... Coach Ed Cicale recommends "old fashioned Quaker's Oats". This food will "stay with you". You won't get hungry and reach for unhealthy snacks during the mid-morning hours.
- Mark Bergmann M.D. (Eye Care Associates of Greater Cincinnati Inc.) makes sure to fill his shopping cart with berries. These are things that can be added to your breakfast cereals and morning menu. "Blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and the super berry, in regards to antioxidants....the BLUBERRY" . "And, if blueberries are out of season....there's nothing wrong with the frozen variety" Blueberries, according to his research, are THE superfood of the berry group. Dr. Bergmann also suggests that red grapes should be in the cart.
Interestingly, he stated that drinking large amounts of fruit juices may be contraindicated....reason being is that there is usually way too high of a sugar content. The body just has a rough time dealing with that much sugar.....besides the fact that it's not all that great for the teeth. However, Dr. Bergmann did recite a recent study done in England that found that the best of all of the fruit juices was Welch's Concord Grape Juice....So add that to the cart. In the study, orange juice and apple juice ranked very low!
Doc recommends the adage of going for the real fruit itself...rather than the fruit juice.
He also suggests putting eggs in the cart "because they are one of the most nutrient dense foods".
So, thanks Dr. Ted and Dr. Mark for the shopping tips for today.
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