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High Protein Recipes for the Active Gymnast

Coaches often tell us to load up on carbs. Why? It's a quick way to get energy, but the downside is that it’s too heavy and hard on our joints. When I sat down with Dr.Axe (the nutrition king) to chat about diet tips for gymnasts, he stressed the importance of staying away from refined carbs because they cause inflammation and muscle tension-- bad news for our leaps and springs! So instead, gymnasts should focus their diet on protein and healthy fats. To make your meal preps easier, I've collected some delicious high protein recipes. Take a look!

Beefy Lettuce Wraps

Ready in 30 min

  • Big lettuce leaves

  • 1 pound lean ground beef ( You can even go for extra lean)

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger (for Asian flavor)

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and cooking oil in the skillet until browned and crumbly,; it should take 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard the fatty grease, then move beef to a bowl. But keep a little fat-- it's still healthy!

  2. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet used for beef until they're soft (5 to 10 minutes). Then, stir in hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar and ginger into onions. Next, add green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef-- let it all juice up for 2 minutes.

  3. Arrange lettuce leaves and start filling them with your beefy mixture!

Tangy Mango Tilapia

Ready in 20 min