Eat like an athlete – Keri-Anne Payne


Eat like an athlete – Keri-Anne Payne

Marathon open water swimming star, Keri-Anne Payne knows how important it is to eat a balanced diet. Here she shares her tips for training, a passion for cooking and a love of American pancakes…

Eat like an athlete - Keri-Anne Payne

What is your typical daily diet when training for a big event?

Breakfast:
Pre-training I will usually have two slices of unbuttered toast with raspberry jam at about 5am. After training I get my energy back with a cereal bar or sometimes cereal topped with a banana.

Lunch:
A favourite of mine is prawn pasta with avocado and carrots.

Dinner:
Dinner will usually be something with balanced carbs and protein, such as sirloin steak with baked potatoes and garden peas.

Eat like an athlete - Keri-Anne Payne

How do you keep your diet varied and do you ever get bored with eating for your sport?

I love cooking and always try to experiment with different ideas. Sometimes, if I find a good recipe, I put them in my homemade recipe book, so if I do get bored with my training diet all I need to do is look through that for inspiration.

What super food/juice/meal helps you get out of bed and motivated on those particularly dreary mornings?

Getting up at 5am means that I can have toast. If I am seriously struggling I have peanut butter on my toast instead of raspberry jam – rock and roll!

Eat like an athlete - Keri-Anne PayneWhat's your trusted snack for an energy boost?

Bananas are a great snack. Or I make banana bread cupcakes, which are relatively low in sugar.

Bbcgoodfood.com says; try our sugar-free banana bread recipe: sugar-free banana bread.

 

How do you stay hydrated when training?

I try to make sure I have a full drinks bottle every session. If it's an easy session I'll usually just drink water and if it's a little tougher I'll add in some berry cordial for a boost.

Eat like an athlete - Keri-Anne Payne

When competition season is over what are your favourite food indulgences?

I love baking, so when I get home after a race or training camp I get in the kitchen and start cooking. I also finally get to eat what I make as, during competition season, they usually go out to other people!

What would be your top diet and exercise tip for the amateur athlete?

Make sure you eat a balanced diet as this will make you feel more energetic. It's also important to find an exercise regime that works for you and stick to it – consistency is so important. If you can only make one gym session a week then make sure it's one every week without fail.
A balanced diet for women
A balanced diet for men

Eat like an athlete - Keri-Anne PayneWhat is your favourite recipe from www.bbcgoodfood.com

I love the Good Food American pancake recipe – I usually just swap the blueberries for raspberries. 
American blueberry pancake recipe
 

 

 

Uncover more diet secrets from top athletes in our eat like an athlete series.
 

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