Meal of the Day: Keep it Simple Paleo Lunch


Meal of the Day: Keep it Simple Paleo Lunch
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Sports Nutrition and performanceNot all of us have time to cook a full meal or fancy recipe at every sitting. I get that! Trust me. I work form 8-5pm and workout daily, not to mention I am a coach. Those are just a few of my excuses not to break out a baking pan, crock pot, or Paleo 5star lunch. However, I do know how important it is to stay on track with my sports nutrition needs so that I can accomplish my goals.

I have a few goals:

  • Get Muscle Up on the Rings
  • Be able to do pistols on both my good knee and bad knee, right now I can only do them on one leg and it is very frustrating.
  • Get a sub 5 min Fran time!

Now, depending on your body, your activity level, and goals you might need to eat a little different than me. However, anything is better than nothing. So, even though this one meal won’t make you the next Rich Froning (Strongest Man on Earth), it will give you a meal structured on good principles for top performance and health.

Parents: 

This isn’t just for your athlete! We want to change the way families look at food, and give them tools to improve the health of their entire family. Remember, you buy the groceries, your 12, 14, or 16-year-old doesn’t. You are making choices for you and your family when you grocery shop, and make meal plans. So, make smart choices that will keep your loved ones healthy and happy.

Keep It Simple Paleo Lunch:

Super Simple Paleo LunchTuna

I eat tuna right out of the Starkist fresh pouches or cans. However, you can add pickles, onion, mustard, etc..depending on your preference.

Broccoli

Steam your broccoli in the microwave or eat it raw with dipping sauce. Just keep in mind ranch and other sauces are processed and not the best choice for top athlete performance. I like to steam my broccoli then drizzle a tsp. of olive oil on top.

Half a Sweet Potato 

Sweet Potatoes are a super food that will keep your family fueled and ready for practice, games, or work. Sweet potatoes are known to curb hunger cravings as well. I bake mine ahead of time, or if your short on time pop it in the microwave until a fork slides through easily. Drizzle with honey, and add cinnamon if your up for a sweet treat!

Fruit of Choice

I love to find seasonal fruit to add to this lunch. Strawberries, berries, and nectarines are al great choices. Quick tip: Fruit that has skin that is not edible often have the highest sugar content. For example: watermelon, melons, oranges. Instead, choose fruit like berries that are rich in antioxidants.

 

Hopefully this meal helps you out. I know sometimes it’s just hard to come up with ideas. We will now be posting recipes and meal ideas on a regular basis. Subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss out!

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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins