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5 Easy Super Meals for Student Athletes

By Hunter Swanson | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The modern-day student athlete is constantly on the go.  Practices and weights before the sun rises quickly followed by school then of course you have practice again (because who doesn’t love more practice) and then private coaching with some tutoring and homework sprinkled in there for good measure.  Did I mention sleep?  Yeah, that’s hard to come by.  How about food?  If you can’t run and eat at the same time, you’re in some trouble.

So with the chaos of all this on a day-to-day basis, where can we really find the time to make sure our bodies are getting the proper nutrients to keep up with the schedule?  As much as we would love to have time to sit down for a four-course meal, the reality is there is no time.  Instead, we’ve brought you five super options that cover all your dietary needs in a quick and easy fashion.  Here is our list of five easy super meals for student athletes.

  1. Sourdough Grilled Cheese Sandwich (430 calories, 24g protein, 30g carbs, 24g fat)

Make your grilled cheese sandwich better by switching your bread to sourdough! If you need a quick go-to super meal that’s still good for you, try this simple, filling option. Cheese will provide calcium and protein to keep you fuller longer, and it’s just 2 ingredients to make it!

  1. Orzo Pasta Salad (330 calories, 12g protein, 40g carbs, 12g fat)

Pasta salad can feed you for days and it doesn’t have to be fancy. Make sure you have plenty of veggies chopped into it (jars or frozen are ok too!) and a good source of protein like chicken, turkey, eggs. For a boost, add some seeds and olive oil or pesto. Fresh or dried herbs and spices will complete the flavor!

  1. Frozen Veggies and Chicken Stir Fry (570 calories, 50g protein, 70 carbs, 10g fat)

Want something simple, healthy with minimum preparation time? Get a bag of frozen veggies, sauté everything with a little bit of olive oil, add chicken cubes, spices and some rice for a simple and complete lunch or dinner!

  1. Chicken Skewers (230 calories, 14g protein, 6g carbs, 17g fat)

If you don’t know what to do with your chicken, try chopping it into cubes and putting it on wooden skewers (make sure you keep them in a water beforehand, so they won’t burn on grill or in the oven). You can add some chopped peppers, onions or zucchini and bake them in the oven for a low carb, high protein meal!

  1. Sweet Potato Pizza (350 calories, 14g protein, 40g carbs, 16g fat)

Do you have more time for something nutritious and gluten free? Try this better version of pizza, using sweet potatoes mixed with almond flour and baking soda as a base. You can use any veggies and protein for toppings and still be guilt-free!