Healthy Makeovers for 3 Classic Meals

Learn about three healthy makeovers of classic athlete meals that will give you a boost on the field.

Athletes need to eat right to fuel their workouts and rebuild muscle. However, most amateur athletes tend to choose foods that are easy to make over those that are healthy. This can decrease the gains an athlete makes on and off the field and hurt their performance overall. By swapping some less-than-fantastic ingredients for healthier options, you can get the nutrients you need to make you a better athlete. Here are three healthy swaps for classic athlete meals, sure to give you a boost on the field.

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Classic Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of white pasta
  • 1/2 cup of meat or cheese marinara sauce
  • 2 large 80% lean beef meatballs
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheese

Nutritional Analysis

  • Calories: 570
  • Fat: 22.56 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.36 g
  • Protein: 29.42 g

Healthy Spaghetti Makeover

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whole-wheat pasta
  • 1/2 cup of low-sodium tomato and basil flavored marinara sauce
  • 2 small Jennie-O Extra Lean Ground Turkey meatballs
  • 1/4 cup of sautéed mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of roasted red bell peppers

Nutritional Analysis

  • Calories: 389
  • Fat: 8.61 g
  • Carbohydrates: 64.25 g
  • Protein: 17.37g

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Classic Quesadilla

Ingredients:

  • 2 white corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Mexican mix cheese
  • 3 oz. of sliced grilled 80% lean steak
  • 1/2 cup of cooked black beans
  • 2 tbsp. of sour cream

Nutritional Analysis

  • Calories: 689
  • Fat: 37.73 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.39 g
  • Protein: 45.63 g

Healthy Quesadilla Makeover

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 cup of shredded 2% Mexican mix cheese
  • 3 oz. sliced grilled chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup of cooked black beans
  • 1/4 cup of roasted red bell peppers

Nutritional Analysis

  • Calories: 484
  • Fat: 13.57 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.64 g
  • Protein: 48.99 g

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Classic Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 6-inch white dough bread
  • 1/2 cup of meat or cheese-flavored marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup of shredded full-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 3 oz. of chopped sausage
  • 1/4 cup of black olives
  • 1/4 cup of roasted green bell peppers

Nutritional Analysis

  • Calories: 721.6
  • Fat: 38.56 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.54 g
  • Protein: 41.81 g

Healthy Pizza Makeover

Ingredients:

  • 6-inch whole-wheat pita bread
  • 1/2 cup of low-sodium tomato and basil marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup of shredded 2% mozzarella cheese
  • 3 oz. of sliced grilled chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup of sautéed mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of roasted red bell peppers

Nutritional Analysis:

  • Calories: 515
  • Fat: 16.11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.15 g
  • Protein: 48.37 g


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