With the UK back in lockdown, youth athletes are likely to have found their training schedules thrown out the window and will be spending more time than ever in the house. But this doesn’t have to be a bad thing and just because sessions might no longer be in the pool or on the pitch, it doesn’t mean sports performance can’t still improve. Lockdown can be the perfect time to improve cooking skills and nail your nutrition! And ensuring you're fuelling your body right will not only give you huge improvements in your home workouts, but you will see the benefit when normal training returns too.
So, whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a gourmet chef already, a youth athlete looking to learn how to fuel or a home-schooling parent struggling for activities; have a go at these 5 easy to make recipes that are perfect for fuelling youth athletes, both in lockdown and for when sport returns.
These tortilla pizzas are the perfect lunch option for lockdown days and they’re so easy to make that athletes of all ages can get involved! Enjoy them fresh and warm or make them ahead of time and pack them up for a quick and easy lunch on a busy day.
Ingredients: (serves 2)
Or add any topping of choice!
Is it even a lockdown if you don’t cook banana bread?
Our version is lower in refined sugar and fats than the classic version and the oats we use make it a perfect high carb snack for fuelling those home workouts. Pair it with a couple of scoops of Greek Yoghurt and you've got the ideal athlete snack!
Craving your favourite takeaway, but can’t get to the restaurant or shop? Don’t panic! These burgers are the ideal athlete meal and taste even better than the usual greasy takeaway. Pair it with some home-made chips and you’ve got the ultimate dinner.
Ingredients: (serves 4)
Want cookies for breakfast? Then these are a must make recipe! Low in fat and high in carbs; they’re the perfect sweet treat or breakfast on the go for athletes.
Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast or a mid-day snack, smoothies are ideal. The perfect way of getting in some of your 5-a-day, these are a staple for athletes of all ages. Nearly anything goes when it comes to smoothies, but our favourite is chocolate and banana. Not only does it taste great, but it’s perfect for sneaking in some unsaturated fats for fussy eaters too.
Add all of the ingredients to a blender, blitz and enjoy!
Tip: Add a splash of water if the smoothies too thick
You can also check out the recipe section of our blogs to discover more healthy, tasty and simple dishes to help you reach your goals.
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Just as your youth athlete will need to fuel well to stay healthy, the same goes for parents too. Ensuring you eat a healthy and balanced diet will help to keep your energy levels high, so you’re better equipped to handle the stress and challenges that life throws at you.