Athlete Recipes: Snowboarder Louie Vito's Snowboarder's Delight

The difference between hitting the summit and hitting the wall often comes down to the fuel in your belly. Here, 11 pros share their favorite nutritional secrets and performance-enhancing recipes.

Grilled salmon.     Photo: Raqib Chowdhury/Flickr

THE MEAL: Vito breaks the mold when it comes to the diets of professional snowboarders. “Typically, guys will eat things like cheeseburgers before a contest. I used to be that way too but then I realized that I have a gift and to make the most of that talent I need to eat right.” To that end, the Olympian (and Dancing with the Stars contestant) hired speed skater Apollo Ono’s trainer, John Schaeffer, and began cooking up dishes like salmon, pasta, and broccoli dinners. “It helps me perform better because it keeps gas in the tank,” says Vito.

WHY IT WORKS: Having worked with dozens of snowboarders, Korzun knows that the high-octane athletes usually reach for energy drinks to keep going. “Then they crash,” he says. “But Louie gets the sustained energy he needs from a balanced diet with whole grains and fatty fish.” Plus, the salmon’s omega 3s help ameliorate the inflammation suffered from 19-foot drops into a half-pipe.

SECRET INGREDIENT: Broccoli is high in soluble fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar, eliminating highs and lows.

1. Preheat your grill on high for 10 minutes.
2. Squeeze one full lemon on five ounces of salmon and sprinkle the fish with parsley.
3. Throw it on the grill and cook for 10 to 15 minutes (or until the meat flakes off the skin).
4. Boil a cup of pasta until it’s al dente, then throw it in a bowl and mix in one pat of butter.
5. Steam one cup of broccoli until it’s al dente.

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