So just how do those Olympic athletes fuel the demands of their sport? Freestyle skier Hannah Kearney, who won a bronze medal in Sochi, gave Healthy Eats a few insights into how she eats to compete. Perhaps not so surprisingly, the Chobani-sponsored athlete enjoys getting her Greek yogurt on — but there a few other ingredients that win a spot at the snack podium.
Q: How much of a role does nutrition play in your training?
A: Food is fuel for my training, but it is also meant to be enjoyed and shared. As a result, I put thought into eating balanced, delicious and healthy meals so that I feel my best.
Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-workout snacks?
A: I like to eat a smoothie on my way to train. Chobani yogurt combined with peanut butter, honey, banana and frozen berries makes a tasty smoothie. After a workout, I usually eat a full meal, but if I don’t have time, I like to top a Chobani Greek yogurt with some Bear Naked fruit and nut granola.
Q: Finding time to cook must be tough! When you do have a chance to get in the kitchen, what do you like to cook?
A: I love to cook, so I always spend a lot of time in my kitchen when I am at home. I experiment with different recipes and cuisines all of the time. Cottage cheese pancakes are one of my simple specialties.
Q: Do you have any other tips or a favorite recipe to share?
A: Chicken baked in plain Greek yogurt, garlic, spices and Parmesan is moist, delicious and healthy.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »