An Athlete's Introduction to Seafood

Sports dietician Leslie Bonci identifies varieties of seafood that are best for athletes.

Seafood is a great way for athletes to get the protein and Omega-3 fatty acids they need to become stronger. The protein builds and repairs muscles, and the Omega-3 fatty acids work as an anti-inflammatory.

But some seafood can be higher in fats and less healthy.

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Seafood is a great way for athletes to get the protein and Omega-3 fatty acids they need to become stronger. The protein builds and repairs muscles, and the Omega-3 fatty acids work as an anti-inflammatory.

But some seafood can be higher in fats and less healthy.

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STACK talked to sports dietician Leslie Bonci to learn what varieties of seafood are easy to prepare and best for athletes.

Tuna

Tuna from a can or a packet is one of the easiest ways to get protein. All you have to do is open the can and eat the contents. You can eat the tuna raw, pair it with mac and cheese or add a little mayonnaise and make tuna salad for a sandwich.

Salmon

Salmon can have a plain taste, but you can add teriyaki sauce, spices or even honey mustard to jazz it up. You can prepare salmon in several ways—you can steam it, grill it or even bake it. Salmon also comes in cans and packets, just like tuna.

Shrimp

Shrimp is one of the best seafoods an athlete can eat because it's packed with protein and nothing else. No fat. You can buy shrimp that's already cooked and it's great to eat by itself, on a salad or even in a taco.

To find out more, check out the video above.


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Topics: PROTEIN | DIET | SEAFOOD | SALMON