A healthy diet is a critical part of any athlete's life. Yet, healthy eating has become exceedingly difficult, as we live in a world where streets are lined with convenient fast food joints and grocery stores are filled with shiny packaged snack foods. Regardless of how difficult it is, however, athletes can't afford to fall victim to an unhealthy calorie-packed diet. After all, you are what you eat.
A multitude of healthy diets are available to athletes. One viable option is the Paleo Diet. Referring to the Paleolithic Period, the Paleo Diet promises weight loss and improved health through consuming only natural foods grown or raised without human-devised processes. The diet includes fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, lean meats and fish. It rejects processed foods and dairy.
Since the Paleo Diet is limited, dieters must always have a stable of fun and easy meal ideas to avoid falling off the Paleo wagon. However, the daily chore of creating different and tasty meals can be cumbersome. Solve the problem by customizing a frittata for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Frittatas are great for the Paleo diet because they meet all the requirements, and, depending on the ingredients used, can take on completely different flavors. If you decide the Paleo Diet is for you, here are a couple of frittata recipes to get you started.
Begin by cutting bacon into bite-size pieces. Fry the bacon in a large oven-proof skillet. Add sliced tomatoes to the skillet and cook until tender. Add diced green onions. Whisk together 10 eggs, and pour into mixture. Cook for about three minutes, until the edges of the frittata are almost done. Transfer to the oven and cook on low heat until the frittata is cooked all the way through.
Begin by cutting strips of flank steak into bite-size pieces. Fry the steak in a large oven-proof skillet. Add onions and bell peppers to the skillet and cook until tender. Whisk together 10 eggs, and pour into mixture. Cook for about 3 minutes, until the edges of the frittata are almost done. Transfer to the oven and cook on low heat until the frittata is cooked all the way through.
Check out STACK's recipe library for even more ideas for Paleo athletes.
Photo Credit: Getty Images // Thinkstock