Fitness Food Favorites of the Baltimore Orioles

by Nate

in Athlete Diets, Celebrity Diets

Diet Favorites of Nick Markakis and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles outfielders Nick Markakis and Adam Jones recently gave the world a look into their diets in an interview with the Baltimore Sun.  Here’s what they had to say about pre-game snacks, post-workout nutrition, and the one food they like to eat to treat themselves for their hard work on the field and in the gym.

Snacking

Adam Jones, now in his third full season patrolling center field for the O’s, snacks on fresh fruits, including watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, blackberries, and raspberries.  His other pre-game snack is a good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  “It will help sustain him through nine innings. It has a little bit of protein, some B Vitamins and carbohydrates.  The jelly is a simple carbohydrate that gives him energy,” says nutritionist Sue James.
Recovery

Nick Markakis turns to recovery drinks to replenish his system after a workout. James explained how recovery drinks work: “They contain some protein to help strengthen the muscle fiber and help repair and recover it after a workout. They also have a little bit of carbohydrate to replenish the glycogen stores in the muscles.” While Gatorade Nutrition Shake and EAS Myoplex are good recovery drinks, James said, an 8-ounce to 16-ounce serving of low-fat chocolate milk also works. “Low-fat chocolate milk is an easy one for everyday athletes, and it tastes so much better,” James said.

Time also matters: “There is a 45-minute window after exercise when recovery drinks have the most benefits,” she said “That is when the muscles are primed for recovery, when the glycogen has been depleted.”"  Post-workout nutrition is essential to muscle building and repair.  Ideally you should be replenishing calories as close to the end of your workout as possible.

Cheat Meals
The O’s outfielders are suckers for some ice cream when they feel the need to indulge.  “I like chocolate fudge brownie, ” Markakis said. “Rocky Road, after the night games,” said Jones. The bodies of professional athletes process food differently than those of the fans in the stands, James said. “Their muscle density burns more calories than you or me.” Having an occasional cheat meal is a good way to keep your body’s metabolism guessing and continuously adjusting to the calories you put in.  The key is to keep cheating in your diet to a minimum and not to overdo it.

Although Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and the Baltimore Orioles are off to a slow start this year, a diet approach like this will certainly pay dividends as the long baseball season progresses. For more diet and workout information, check out our other MLB articles.

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