Here’s a favorite Barbeque Salmon recipe from Keeley Dowling, a member of Sky Blue Football Club in New Jersey. The recipe is family-friendly and a yummy way to boost your intake of health-protective omega-3 fats that help fight inflammation. If you enjoy one salmon meal a week, along with another fish meal (such as tuna for lunch), you'll be able to consume the American Heart Association's recommended intake of omega-3's -- without taking fish oil pills!
This winning recipe is one of many that you might enjoy in my newFood Guide for Soccer:Tips and Recipes from the Pros, co-authored with Gloria Averbuch. The easy-reading, how-to bookanswers the questions soccer parents and soccer athletes have about what and when to eat for high energy and top performance.
Keeley Dowling’s Barbeque Salmon
When Sky Blue FC Defender Keeley Dowling worked at a sports complex in Tempe, Arizona, the chef cooked this recipe. That chef taught Keeley to cover the entire piece of salmon with barbeque sauce, so it completely blankets the fish; the thicker the better!
Keeley strongly recommends Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce. It blends very nicely with the salmon, so much so that folks who normally don’t like fish will enjoy this meal. This recipe goes nicely with asparagus and rice.
½ to 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce
1 lb. salmon
1. Preheat oven to at 400º F.
2. Place salmon in a baking dish lined with foil (to simplify clean-up).
3. Cover the salmon entirely with Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce.
4. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
Q. The label says 2 tablespoons of Skippy peanut butter has 3 grams of added sugar. Isn’t that bad?
A. Three grams of sugar equates to 12 calories of sugar. This is far less sugar than is in the jelly that comes along with a PB&J sandwich! It's also a fraction of the sugar in sports drinks, gels and jellybeans. I would not blink an eye at three grams of sugar for an active person (or even an inactive person, for that matter.)
A standard nutrition guideline is that 10% of calories can appropriately come from refined sugar. That equates to about 240 to 300 calories (60-75 grams) of added sugar per day for most athletes. You can choose how you want to spend those sugar-grams. Some athletes like frozen yogurt, others like sports drinks, and some like Skippy peanut butter along with some jelly. Take your choice! Sugar fuels your muscles; it is not bad for you nor will it negate the healthfulness of other food you consume.
If you prefer all-natural peanut butter with no added sugar, that's fine. But I wouldn't choose it because it has less sugar. You might just end up adding more jelly, jam or honey?
While wandering through the Expo at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual “Summit Meeting" last week, I came upon a really yummy granola bar … rather, granola “square.” It’s hefty—400 calories per “square”—enough for a satisfying and wholesome meal on the go, particularly if supplemented with a yogurt, latte, or milk chug.
The square is proudly made with all natural ingredients, real oats, no wheat, dairy, GMOs or trans fats.
I like not only the taste of the granola square, but also the texture. It’s not hard, nor crunchy. It’s chewy and made of “pressed oats” that are hand-rolled into squares. The square crumbles if you try to break it in half. Sort of like the topping on apple crisp.
I like the bar not only because it taste delicious, but also because it is not too sweet nor too processed. I also like it because it’s made by a family business. The dad is working hard to support eight kids! You’ll be doing a good deed by fueling your muscles with this handy, healthy energizer. Check it out on www.OlympicGranola.com.
Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Olympic Granola.
Generally not. When you exercise, you lose some electrolytes via sweat, but you are unlikely to deplete your body’s stores under ordinary circumstances. For example, you can easily replace the 200-600 milligrams of potassium you might lose in an hour of hard training by eating a medium to large banana (450-600 mg potassium). You can also easily replace the 800-1,400 mg sodium lost in two pounds of sweat by enjoying some spaghetti with tomato sauce or some chocolate milk with a bagel and peanut butter. Athletes who do need to worry about replacing electrolytes include those who will be sweating hard for more than three or four hours.
Keep in mind, most health organizations recommend we reduce our sodium intake, given the average American diet contains more than enough sodium! A high sodium intake leads to high blood pressure and increased risk of stroke...
Sodium in Popular Recovery Foods
Food Sodium (mg)
Pizza, 1/2 of 12 in., DiGiorno cheese 2,490
Chicken noodle soup, 1 can Campbell's 2,350
Ramen noodles, Maruchan, 1 packet 1,580
Spaghetti sauce, 1 cup Ragu 1,160
Salt, 1 small packet 590
Pretzels, 1 oz (30 g) Rold Gold thins 560
Bagel, 1 Thomas' New York style (3.7 oz) 540
American cheese, 1 slice Kraft 250
Cheerios, 1 cup multigrain 200
Fruit yogurt, 6 oz (180 ml) 60-120
Bread, 1 slice Pepperidge Farm hearty slice 190
Saltine crackers, 5 (0.5 oz) 180
Potato chips, 20 Lay's 180
Gatorade, 8 oz (240 ml) 110
Endurolytes (electrolytes), 1 capsule 100
Powerade, 8 oz (240 ml) 70
Beer, 12 oz (355 ml) can 15
Coke, 12 oz (355 ml) can 10
Orange juice, 8 oz (240 ml) 5
Potential loss in a 2 hr workout 1,000-2,000
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