Pro Plates: Dinner

Learn how to eat a healthy dinner by checking out dinner options from athletes like Dwight Howard and USA Volleyball.

Healthy Dinner
Ending the day with a well-balanced meal ensures that your body will have the nutrients you need to perform or recover. NBA superstar Dwight Howard knows how a good, healthy dinner positively affects his performance, whether he eats it before or after the game.

"One of my favorite meals is penne pasta with chicken and a fruit bowl," says the six-time All-Star center. "I try to get a healthy side in there, too." The lean protein protects your muscles from breaking down, and the carbs supply the energy you need to recover or prepare. Eat Superman's favorite meal tonight and reap the benefits.

Dwight Howard's Dinner

  • Whole-wheat penne pasta with Newman's Own marinara sauce 2 oz. (270c, 3.5g of fat, 53g carbs, 9g of protein)
  • Grilled chicken breast - 4 oz. (120c, 1.5g of fat, 0g carbs, 24g of protein)
  • Fruit bowl - 1 cup (90c, 0g of fat, 25g carbs)

Meal Totals

  • Calories: 480
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbs: 78g
  • Protein: 33g

Other Dinner Options

Athlete: Chrissie Wellington, Ironman Triathlon World Champion
Meal: Fish with salad or veggies and pasta or potatoes

Meal Totals

  • Calories: 413
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbs: 50g
  • Protein: 46g

Athletes: USA Volleyball
Meal: Turkey burger [whole wheat bun, avocado, cheese, lettuce, tomato], salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Meal Totals

  • Calories: 513
  • Fat: 26g
  • Carbs: 30g
  • Protein: 41g

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