Oats are a very versatile food product used for making flour, cookies, bread, desserts and even brewing beer, but are most well-known as a breakfast staple in the form of porridge, muesli and granola. Should you eat porridge oats for breakfast every day? …more
With the All Ireland football final coming up this Sunday, many county finals taking place throughout the country and the rugby season now under way, it seems appropriate to discuss nutrition best practice in preparation for match day performance.
Most athletes know nutrition is important for peak performance. However, many do not know what, how much and when to eat in the lead-up to games.
Although coaches and players have different beliefs about what athletes should eat, the primary nutrition goals in the lead-up to games are to maximise energy stores with appropriate foods and to ensure you are well-hydrated.
Carbohydrate is the main macro-nutrient that athletes must consume, as the primary source of energy the body relies on during high-intensity exercise. …more
While there is some debate about whether carbohydrate is important for endurance sports, the consensus remains that fuelling-up with carbohydrate in the 24 to 48 hours before performance in high intensity and competitive team sports is the best approach. Here are two breakfast recipes that work well either on the day before or morning of a match that will assist you in hitting your fuelling targets …more