Eat like an athlete - Kieron Achara

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    Roxanne Fisher - Health editor - bbcgoodfood.com

Basketball star, Kieron Achara shares his top tips for training and the benefits of 'cheat days'...

Eat like an athlete - Kieron Achara

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

Breakfast:
8:45am - Grapefruit juice, porridge, natural yogurt with a little honey, piece of fruit

Lunch:
2pm - One breast of chicken, broccoli, brown rice and a piece of fruit

Dinner:
8pm - Chicken salad or prawn salad, piece of fruit or yoghurt

I usually snack on nuts, fruit or a have turkey sandwich (when really hungry) between meals
 

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

I am very methodical when it comes to eating throughout the season but I mix it up by going out to eat whenever possible. I like to call these 'cheat days' and I eat whatever I want to eat. This helps me from getting bored with my diet.
 

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

On dreary mornings I get an extra motivational boost with an extra spoonful of honey in my porridge, I love honey.
 

What's your trusted snack for an energy boost?

For a quick pick-me-up I tend to have a chocolate bar - it gives me an extra boost of energy when most needed.
 

How do you stay hydrated when training?Water

I take regular water breaks while training and if I am working extra hard I tend to have a electrolyte-packed sports drink.
 

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

I love Nando's chicken, the sauces are unbelievable. I also indulge in a lot of chocolate.
 

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

I would say eat a lot of vegetables and fruit and try to eat foods that are low on the glycaemic food index - except after training.
 

swimmingAside from your speciality, what is your favourite sport/exercise?

I love to play football, and in summer I like to do spin classes and swim to stay in shape.

 


 


Uncover more diet secrets from Team GB in our Eat Like An Athlete series.

 

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