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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 »
With all the snow falling throughout the country, it’s an exciting time to hit the slopes. And if you like to spend all day outdoors whooshing down the mountain, you’ll need to stay fueled. Ski lodge offerings have come a long way over the years and you can find some healthy options– for a pretty penny. Instead, pack a few healthy snacks in your multi-pocketed ski jacket and munch away on the chair lift or gondola.