Fueling Our Favorite Athletes: Part 2

Daphne Hegreness: A Smooth Mover

We’re sharing some healthy (and yummy) recipes and menus from athletes sponsored by WillowWood that help fuel them during their training and prior to competitions. Enjoy!

Daphne Hegreness is training for the 2012 Paralympics in London and also has her sights set on the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Her next big event is the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Trials for track & field which will determine the final roster of the 2012 U.S. track and field team. Daphne is training for and will compete in the 100m and 200m.

As a cancer survivor and transtibial amputee, Daphne takes her health very seriously. While she loves to bake (whipping up a vegan, gluten-free berry crisp is a snap for her), she is very conscious about what she puts into her body.

As Daphne trains and competes, she charges her system with protein fruit smoothies. Here’s her recipe:

3/4 cup of your favorite fruit (Daphne likes bananas, strawberries, and blueberries)

2 scoops of silken tofu

1 serving of vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup water, milk, or pure fruit juice (only use 1 kind of liquid)

Makes 1 serving.

Blend ingredients well and enjoy! This smoothie is delicious and full of protein to get you through training!


Interested in protein shakes and protein intake while training? Here are a few articles that cover the basics:

Protein shakes:  http://www.webmd.com/diet/protein-shakes

High-Protein Foods for Athletic Training: http://www.livestrong.com/article/360765-high-protein-foods-for-athletic-training/

High Protein Foods and Older Athlete Training: http://www.livestrong.com/article/378366-high-protein-foods-and-older-athlete-training/

Daphne Hegreness always has a smile!

WillowWood's Jeff Denune, CP, & Daphne trackside in Ohio.


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