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Supporting Athletes Virtually

Whether you have been working with your athletes on fueling for a competition, race or upcoming (and now postponed) season, their training certainly looks a lot different now. What’s not different is the need for your athletes to be properly fueled to power their performance. Potatoes are the perfect whole food performance fuel solution. Potatoes provide the carbohydrate, potassium and energy your athletes need to perform their best. To help you support your athletes virtually, here are several resources for nutrition and athletic professionals.

Tips for Purchasing, Storing and Cooking Potatoes

Here are some tips from America’s potato farmers on how to purchase, store and prepare potatoes at home:

How to Shop for Potatoes

How to Store Potatoes

How to Cook Potatoes

Helping Athletes Fuel Independently

Athletes can have poor quality diets, inadequate cooking skills and may struggle to meet sports nutrition recommendations for optimal performance. Culinary education and empowering athletes to fuel independently with simple, convenient and easy to prepare foods is a critical skill. Anthony Zamora, RD, an executive chef of a professional sports team, recently presented “Tactics and Techniques to Help Your Athletes Fuel Independently” via webinar for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA). This webinar provides tips, tricks and best practices that you can use with your athletes to help them gain culinary skills and learn easy sports nutrition recipes. This topic is especially important now as athletes continue to train and fuel from home. The webinar slides have been posted here and the webinar replay can be accessed here.

Easy Performance Recipes

Here are a few potato performance recipes designed for athletes of all culinary abilities and made with familiar ingredients.

Plant-based Performance Fuel

Are you working with athletes who follow a plant-based diet? Or have your athletes been asking you questions about plant-based fuel for performance? Check out this new resource developed with Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LDN, that can be used to educate athletes about the role of plant-based protein in performance meal planning.

Potatoes in the News

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