The 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games have begun and many of us are watching Team USA’s efforts to bring home the gold! What a great opportunity the Olympics provide for family and friends to come together to watch our super elite athletes! Team USA has already started collecting gold medals! These super elite athletes inspire us to try harder and push farther to follow our own dreams! 

Olympic Nutrition Requirements

Do you have any idea how many calories Olympians eat while competing? I was quite amazed when I recently read about the quantity of food as well as the specific foods that the super elite athletes eat in order to be in top form. Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer who has already captured a gold medal in 2016, is reported to consume 12000 calories per day as his workouts can burn 4000-6000 calories per day! That’s a tremendous amount of food!

To stay in shape and maintain their energy during long workout sessions, these strong competitors need constant fuel. Protein is the key ingredient super elite athletes need in their diet. Their food needs to be nutrient dense, that is, to provide a variety of nutrients in large amounts as possible in the foods consumed.


Eating right allows athletes to delay fatigue, work harder and recover faster, possibly giving them the edge they need to set a personal record as well as winning a medal! Protein prevents muscle wasting during exercise and prevents the athletes from feeling hungry during exercise. In addition to protein, athletes need carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and plenty of fluids to be properly fueled for exercise.

One of the most popular sources of protein among Olympic athletes is peanut butter! One athlete has said that “peanut butter is the lifeblood of every athlete.” Peanut butter is often spread on bagels, toast or used in smoothies. Other popular foods enjoyed by the super elite athletes are turkey sandwiches, eggs, fish, grilled chicken, green vegetables, yogurt and fruit. Here’s a chart from the USDA National Nutrient Database listing some good sources of protein:

 Food Serving Size Protein (grams)
Lentils 1 cup 18
Greek yogurt, plain, nonfat      4 ounces                        17
Kidney Beans 1 cup 15
Protein Snack Bars 1 bar 6.5 – 15
 Low-fat Cottage Cheese 1/2 cup 12
Low-sodium Beef Jerky 1 ounce 9
Edamame 1 cup 8
Almonds 1/4 cup 8
Sim Milk 8 ounces 8
Boiled Egg 1 6
Cashew Butter 2 tablespoons 5

 

Now let’s look at two recipes for dips to enjoy while we’re watching the Olympics!

Championship Bean Dip Recipe

While cheering and yelling for Team USA snacks and treats are in order to keep our energy levels up. Championship Bean Dip is a winner in its own right! Championship Bean Dip is an appetizing combination of refried beans, three cheeses, sour cream, picante sauce and spices heated on high in a slow cooker for two hours then served with chips, crackers, salsa or whatever you desire. In the unlikely event that there is leftover Championship Bean Dip, make some tasty Bean and Cheese Burritos the next day!

Championship Bean Dip
Yields 4
An irresistible bean dip made with refried beans, sour cream, three cheese, picante sauce and spices.
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Cook Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 (16 ounce can) refried beans
  2. 1 cup picante sauce
  3. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  4. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
  5. 3/4 cup sour cream
  6. 1 3-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  7. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. Tortilla chips and salsa
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well, and transfer to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until heated through, stirring once or twice. Serve with tortilla chips and salsa.
Notes
  1. In the rare case there is any leftover bean dip, use it to make bean and cheese burritos!
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 Championship Bean Dip is a savory dip while Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip is a sweet one! Peanut butter is combined with cream cheese, vanilla, and honey, brown sugar or maple syrup to create a dip that’s great with apple slices, celery sticks, pretzels, vanilla wafers and chunks of banana. After I made this I thought about making a sandwich with bananas as I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches!

Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip

 

 

Gold Medal Peanut Butter Dip
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A delicious dip made from peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla, milk and sweetener of your choice.
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  1. 1 cup peanut butter
  2. 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 cup milk
  5. 1/4 cup honey OR 1/4 cup brown sugar OR 1/4 cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until mixture is smooth.
  2. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Serve with pretzels, vanilla wafers, banana chunks, celery sticks, sliced apples or whatever you would like!
Adapted from allrecipes.com
Adapted from allrecipes.com
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Closing Comments

When the Olympics are over, the super elite athletes look forward to having the treats they give up during training to keep their performance at optimal levels. Their commitment to working out and eating right is hopefully rewarded with a winning performance! Enjoy the 2016 Olympic Games and try one or both of these winning dips while you’re watching the games!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Comments

Winning Snacks to Eat While Watching the Olympics — 12 Comments

  1. Love the bean dip! Great with crackers or chips! Perfect as an accompaniment for a taco party!

  2. Hi Melanie, Glad you like the bean dip! I put the leftovers into a tortilla with some cheese, rolled them up, spread some salsa and more cheese on top and baked them – they were delish! Blessings, Janet

  3. Can’t wait to try the bean dip! My family would love it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  4. Great post! Thanks for sharing on the What?s for Dinner link up and don?t forget to leave a comment at the party ? Next week?s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  5. Hi Jann, I actually used this dip the next day in tortillas, added some shredded cheese, rolled them up and spread some salsa on top as well as some more cheese. I baked them until they were heated through and the cheese was melted and they made a delicious lunch! Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  6. Hi Janet – this post was my featured pick from last week’s #overthemoon link party! Congratulations!

  7. Great Post! I LOVE these snack ideas ? Pinned!! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up.

  8. I wondered about how much Olympic athletes were eating! That’s crazy! Their bodies really need that fuel. These dips both look super yummy, thanks for sharing! ?

  9. Hi Angela, Thanks for your kind remarks and for pinning this! Thanks for hosting Sunday Fitness and Food Link-Up! Blessings, Janet

  10. Hi Erin, Thanks for taking the time to stop by and for your kind remarks! Wish I could eat like that! ? Blessings, Janet

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