I bet you wouldn’t be surprised that potatoes are one of the most commonly consumed vegetables in the average American’s diet. Especially if you knew that includes french fries and potato chips! This gives potatoes a pretty bad rap. Plot twist: a baked potato can be super nutritious! Especially for athletes.
One medium russet potato has 169 calories, 38g carbohydrates, 2.8g fiber, 4.6g protein, 0.2g fat, 35% vitamin B6, 25% potassium, 20% vitamin C, 12% magnesium, and 9% iron.
Simple, digestible carbohydrates give athletes an immediate boost of energy that they need to perform their best. The body’s glycogen stores are used as fuel during exercise, so consuming carbs can help replenish your glycogen stores for tomorrow’s workout….