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Ted Harper, Sports Dietitian for the New England Patriots, maximizes each player’s performance and recovery through meticulous planning. Whether it is training at the elite level or just exercising regularly, simple strategies can ensure the body receives the nutrients needed to achieve specific performance and recovery goals. “One easy way to improve overall nutrition is replacing not-so-wise snacks like chips, sugary “fruit snacks,” cookies, candy and soda with tasty, nutritious foods such as pistachios,”
Jordan oversees all nutrition related to the 49ers’ players, including sports medicine and football operations. He works hard to further enhance the sports nutrition program, which then enhances performance and recovery. Jordan says, “My passion is sports and my drive is to make athletes the very best that they can be. Food is fuel, and I'm helping people become the most efficient running machine possible. Pistachios are an amazing food. They're a complete protein source packed full of essential nutrients. On top of all that, they are easily incorporated on the go or in recipes and smoothies so my athletes are fueled at all times of the day and around workouts."
Joey Blake, Team Nutritionist for the Los Angeles Rams, says smart snacking, prioritizing recovery with whole foods, and a consistent nutrition plan are key to sports nutrition for athletes at all levels.Blake recommends pistachiosas a post-workout snack because they're rich in potassium—an electrolyte lost through sweat. A one-ounce serving of pistachios actually has as much potassium as half of a large banana. According to Blake, “Fruits, vegetables, and nuts, such as pistachios, all have electrolytes that can replenish electrolyte stores after training sessions.”