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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.”
Kavita Devgan is a Delhi-based eminent writer, dietitian and weight management consultant who propagates practical, effective and delicious ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle. She is a prolific speaker, a health columnist with thousands of articles to her credit, and author of two bestsellers: Don't Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People and Ultimate Grandmother Hacks.
Scott Sehnert, Dallas Cowboys Director of Sports Performance provides tailor-made diets according to the needs of each of his players. He selects food that provides energy, fights inflammation and soothes sore muscles. He says his main goal is to make sure they are recovered and ready to compete, which requires a variety of foods, including foods rich in protein, such as pistachios. “It’s important that they sleep well, stay hydrated and stay fueled so they can perform their best."
Pooja Makhija is a certified dietitian, who specializes in metabolic disorders such as diabetes, thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism, hypertension and heart disease. She runs Clay Wellness and teaches how to eat healthy, stay fit, and maintain high energy levels. A true hard-bred nutritionist from Mumbai with an MSc in Food Science and Nutrition, Pooja has catered to more than 10,000 clients across a wide spectrum of varied backgrounds, such as entrepreneurs, housewives and working professionals.