The Truth About Nutrition
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
1w ago
Confused about popular nutrition trends? Let’s get back to basics. It’s 2024, and after 14 years as a sports dietitian, I don’t think I’ve seen the nutrition scene as confusing as it is now. Extremes seem to be more popular than ever, such as the ‘eat anything you want’ trend, the carnivore diet, and the growing ‘anti-diet’ movement. I’ve talked about the contradictions, mixed messages, and overall confusion before, such as in my blog – Why Is Nutrition So Confusing? I unpack the diet trends that are going on right now in this video, and share my thoughts and advice for where the truth actuall ..read more
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How to Make Your Own Electrolyte Packet
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
2M ago
Tired of buying expensive electrolyte supplements? You don’t need to spend a small fortune to keep hydrated. Living healthy and achieving optimal performance is the cornerstone of my work, with clients of every age and fitness level. But despite the variety of my clientele, one thing they all have in common is they want to save money. So part of my work is providing hacks and tips on just that… such as my recent blog, Easy Swaps to Save Money on Your Grocery Bill. One area that deserves a money-saving hack is in the area of electrolyte supplements. For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll k ..read more
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Creating a Healthier Environment to Support Your Goals
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
3M ago
Want to lose weight and eat healthier? It starts in your home environment. In this video, I demonstrate practical tips for establishing healthier habits in your home and kitchen to set yourself up for success. In my other video, Should I Track My Macros? I talked about focusing on things you can eat rather than can’t. But are the list of foods on your “can” list readily available to be a quick and easy snack? How you set up your kitchen matters to support your weight loss and fitness goals. To create an environment for a healthier you, and family, watch to learn: Fruit hacks to keep fruit han ..read more
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Should I Track My Macros?
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
3M ago
Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions of losing weight, getting toned, and building muscle. But is it a good idea to rely on an app for that? Calorie-counting trackers or macro-counting apps are everywhere now, and if used as a tool for a period of time and within reason, can certainly guide you to reach your weight loss or fitness goals. Some programs and apps only track macros and calories, and that’s it. If all you do is track the calories in your food however, and not take into consideration the micro and macronutrients, you’ll miss out on understanding the nutritional value of your fo ..read more
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Last Minute Gifts For the Athlete In Your Life
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
4M ago
Looking for the perfect gift for the athlete or fitness enthusiast in your life? Gift a gift that keeps on giving this year! If you want to give a gift that makes a positive impact and you’ll know for sure will actually be used, I’ve got you covered! And although my focus right now is on the holiday season, these are great gifts for any time of year. Some of my kitchen items make great gift ideas, so in this video, I discuss and demonstrate my top gift ideas. Watch to learn about: Instant Pot – one of the biggest timesavers for busy families. Learn more in my blog: My One Must-Have Tool in th ..read more
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Why Your Young Athlete Isn’t Gaining Weight
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
5M ago
Think losing weight is hard? Teen athletes often have a harder time gaining weight! This is a frequent issue I help parents with. It’s usually a concern that their young athlete is losing too much weight, not being noticed by College recruiters, not performing competitively enough, or just not being as healthy and robust as they could be. Not putting on muscle is a big deal for young athletes to have the edge, and maintain stamina in their sport in addition to all of their other activities in life that take up their energy. Did you know female teen athletes can require up to 5,000 calories per ..read more
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How to Bulk Up Your Young Athlete’s Meals to Add Muscle
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
7M ago
Can food alone help your teen athlete build muscle, without a ton of expensive and questionable supplements? Learn how to add muscle with these easy meal-bulking examples I reveal in this video. How to build muscle is a common question from parents of teen athletes that I work with, and my answer is… food first, supplements second. Bulking up their meals with the additional three components of protein, carbohydrates, and calories necessary for muscle growth is easier than you think! Watch for my real-world examples in my kitchen for easily adding sources of these three components to meals with ..read more
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Healthy Snacks for Young Athletes Back in School
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
8M ago
What grab-n-go food should you keep on hand to keep them fueled? And how much do they need? School is back in full swing and that means life is even busier than it was during the summer! If you’re not prepared with quick and easy foods to keep on hand for your athlete, then you’ll have a ‘hangry ‘athlete on your hands.  Just to put things in perspective, an active teenage boy requires 3,000-4,000 calories per day, and active female teens need 2,400-3,000 calories per day. If fuel stores are not properly maintained, that can lead to sluggishness during sport, a higher risk for becoming sic ..read more
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How to Help an Athlete Who is a Picky Eater
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
1y ago
What do you do for fueling your young athlete who’s not easy to feed? In this video, I share what works in my household, and some tips to help break through picky-eating habits. Athletes of every age require more fuel and calories so they can perform in their sport and maintain energy and muscle mass. But many parents approach me with the dilemma of trying to feed their young athlete who’s not interested in what’s put in front of them at the table. I always encourage parents to look at their own ‘picky’ eating habits also, to see how they are possibly setting an example, as kids will pick up o ..read more
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How to Pack a Cooler for an Away Game or Competition
Elite Nutrition and Performance Blog
by Kristen
1y ago
Here’s a question for parents: are you packing the cooler with the right fuel to support your young athlete’s performance? In this video, I unpack the essentials you should pack for away games and competitions. If you’re tired of relying on what snacks the team is providing, or end up grabbing a bag of chips on the way home, it’s time to put your cooler to work for you. It can be your young athlete’s biggest ally for their performance! It’s essential to have food on hand before, in between, and immediately after their event, for proper pre-fueling, maintaining energy, and muscle repair and rec ..read more
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