Fuel-starved endurance athletes are notorious convenience eaters, scarfing pre-packaged products and expensive prepared foods that offer a quick fix for their ravenous appetites. But these food products and supplements leave athletes under-nourished, delaying recovery and preventing their highest performance.
For endurance athletes, there is no substitute for real food. The Athlete’s Plate: Real Food for High Performance debunks the myth that busy athletes lack the time to fuel with real food. Professional chef and endurance athlete Adam Kelinson guides athletes from grocery store to kitchen, offering time-saving shopping and cooking strategies that make preparing delicious, nutritious meals a pleasure.
Kelinson demonstrates how buying local, seasonal foods will save time and money. He explains how organic whole foods provide more nutrients than conventionally grown food and how a minimalist approach to cooking is more convenient and nutritious than laborious gourmet recipes.
The Athlete’s Plate provides 85 delicious, quick-prep recipes to fuel the active lifestyle. Kelinson’s worry-free dishes include smoothies and juices; power snacks; appetizing soups, salads and dressings; carb-filled pastas, polenta, and noodle bowls; lean protein dishes featuring seafoods, poultry, pork, and savory vegetarian preparations; and satisfying desserts.
The Athlete’s Plate reflects Kelinson’s years of experience as a professional chef, endurance athlete, and student of the relationship between nutrition and the environment. The book offers a no-nonsense way to balanced nutrition, incorporating all the nutrients athletes need to fuel and recover for training and racing. Athletes will learn how to make nutrition an enjoyable part of their lifetyle instead of a limiter on their performance.
Paperback. Color photographs, charts, and tables throughout.
7 ½” x 10”, 300 pp., $24.95, 9781934030462
Recipes List viii
1 Making Nutrition a Lifestyle 1
2 The Whole Foods Approach 15
3 Eating Made Easy 35
4 General Nutrition 47
5 Sports Nutrition 59
6 Recipes 93
(See page viii for Recipes List)
7 Resources 257
About the Author 282
“When it comes to providing what the human body needs for performance and health, science hasn’t caught up with nature. Too many athletes depend on food supplements. In The Athlete’s Plate, Adam Kelinson details how to use real food to meet your athletic needs.” — Joe Friel, world-recognized endurance sports coach and founder of TrainingBible Coaching
“The Athlete’s Plate is more than a recipe book. It is tool that empowers athletes to manage the nourishment and fueling of their bodies with confidence and pleasure.” — Matt Fitzgerald, author of Brain Training for Runners and Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance
“My wife and I really enjoy trying Adam’s recipes in The Athlete’s Plate. I believe they cater to athletes who need quality nutrition in their diet.” — George Hincapie, U.S. PRO Road Cycling Champion and Olympic cyclist
“The Athlete’s Plate is a great book that I strongly recommend to any elite and recreational athlete. After so many confusing and misleading nutritional books and diets for athletes, it is great to see a smart book full of well balanced foods with real, normal, and easy-to-prepare recipes. Finally, a nutrition book that makes sense!.” — Dr. Inigo San Millan, PhD, Sports Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist for pro cycling’s Team Garmin-Transitions
“The Athlete’s Plate offers a simple solution to the mind-numbing complexity of the modern diet and gives you the tools you need to change your nutritional lifestyle.” — Triathlete magazine
”I found The Athlete’s Plate helpful for myself and my athletic patients. Great info, great format.” — Jordan D. Metzl, MD, sports medicine physician, 28-time marathon runner and 8-time Ironman® finisher
“Want to ’get real’ with not only your diet and performances but also how in your food choices affect your community and the planet? The Athlete’s Plate is the book for you. It’s a wealth of keepin’ it real for athletes while offering down-to-earth, yummy recipes for everyone!” — Terri Schneider, elite triathlete, coach, and author of Triathlon Revolution: Training, Technique, and Inspiration
“Chock full of real food recipes as well as many insightful kitchen tips, The Athlete’s Plate is an indispensable tool for the avid or even recreational athlete. Chef Kelinson has assembled a vast array of foods that will not only make you feel better before, during, or after exercise, but will also inspire you to become a better cook!” — Peter Ryan, CCC, Executive Chef Instructor, Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
“My career in sports medicine has shown me the critical importance of real food. The athletes I treat recover from injury more quickly when they nourish their bodies with care. Adam Kelinson’s book The Athlete’s Plate is an authoritative guide on how to eat well for health and fitness.” — Joseph Maroon, MD, neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ironman® triathlete, and author of The Longevity Factor
“The Athlete’s Plate details a holistic approach to nutrition for athletes. As a runner who will never be a high performance athlete, I appreciate that my nutritional needs are addressed in the book as well. If you live an active lifestyle, you can benefit from the whole food nutritional guidelines found throughout the pages.” — Run Oregon
“The Athlete’s Plate aims to show us how we can replace prepared foods with whole foods and find ourselves stronger, leaner and faster. Kelinson’s experience as an athlete, nutritionist, environmentalist and chef comes through on nearly every page.” — BikeWorldNews.com
“The Athlete’s Plate will not only change your life, it will make it taste better.” — Nicolas Müller, professional snowboarder and 2005 Transworld Snowboarder of the Year
“Adam Kelinson is truly operating at the top of his game. I’ve never met anyone who can make motivation, discipline and determination—not to mention kale!—taste so good. He should be your go-to guy whether you need to look your absolute best at an awards ceremony or make some healthy, positive changes in the way you nourish yourself. Your body will thank you!” — Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and winner of Golden Globe and Emmy awards
“Adam Kelinson is the Michael Pollan of the athletic world. The Athlete’s Plate provides insight into how America got into trouble with food and tells us how we can get back on track. It’s perhaps the best book on sports nutrition I’ve ever read.” — Pete Williams, host of The Fitness Buff Show and author of Core Performance