Looking to boost your athletic performance? Take some tips from the experts feeding Monaco’s winning soccer team. Monaco's doctor Philippe Kuentz, nutritionist Juan Morillas and team dietitian Tara Ostrowe select the best food for the players to be at the top of their game. Here’s some of what the pros eat to maximize their physical potential:
Quinoa - This grain gives them energy and it’s packed with vitamins, protein, and nutrients, like folate, thiamin, and iron.
Kale - Ostrowe considers this leafy green a superfood. “It’s packed with vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin K, all of which are perfect for recovery and providing good nutrition,” she explains.
Beetroot juice - They give this to the players before a match to help build up oxygen capacity. It also improves blood flow and circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Chia seeds - They’re small, but packed with nutrition. Ostrowe says the players add it to every meal to give them energy for training. Chia seeds are also an excellent source of omega-3s, protein, calcium, and one serving contains 42% of your fiber for the day!
Salmon - It’s a great lean protein and Monaco’s players often eat it as a post-match recovery meal because it eases inflammation, helps with muscle recovery and tissue regrowth. Salmon is also a good source of vitamins E and B12.
Tart cherry juice - This stuff is full of antioxidants, it can help you sleep and Ostrowe says it helps with soreness and inflammation too.
Avocado - It’s full of omega-6 healthy fats, has at least 20% of daily value of six vitamins and minerals, and 40% of your fiber for the day in each serving. Plus, they’re so delicious!
Blueberries - This superfood has more antioxidants than any other fruit, along with fiber, and vitamin C, which helps post-workout recovery.