March is an exciting time of year! Not only is it National Nutrition Month but there is a little bit of basketball going on…
When I saw the image of the tournament (featured to the left) I couldn’t help but notice that the cute, little orange basketball had been made to look like a Georgia peach. Did they have a Dietitian working for them? 🙂
Each team has a starting line-up. These guards, forwards and centers are at the core of the team and possess the most talent and skill.
On your plate, you also have great players…shall we call them “your plate’s starting five?”
Starting at point guard: vegetables, they are key to distributing nutrients and energy to your body. Include those vegetables that are bright in colors. Foods like carrots, kale and beets.
Like a good three-point shooter, fruits are tasty, exciting and fun to be around. Try to add more of those fruits to your plate that are deep in color like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (and peaches, of course).
Every good team has a center to anchor the inside game. Protein can help add B12 to your diet and help you feel fuller longer. Include lean proteins in your diet like non-fatty meats, fish, beans and lentils.
Forwards are key to being able to move all around and fill in many different roles on the court. You can use 100% whole grains to add fiber to your diet. Of course, anytime you add fiber you should also be aware of your fluid intake to prevent constipation. Be sure to try to drink 8-10 cups of water a day.
Oh, and be sure to limit sugar sweetened beverages as a way to prevent fouling out. 🙂
Here is a good picture from Tufts to help you plan your starting line-up:
You too can find your way to a champion’s diet and peak health!! (Go Heels!!)
A special thanks goes to my husband, @robreports for making sure I had all my basketball lingo correct. 🙂
1. Tufts Nutrition: http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/tufts-university-nutrition-scientists-unveil-