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Grocery Shop Like an Olympian with Gold Medalist Shona McCallin

There’s that saying — “You can’t out-train a bad diet.”

Olympic gold medalist Shona McCallin says it’s a cliché for a reason.

We tagged along on the Team Great Britain midfielder’s latest grocery shopping spree to learn more about the foods that make a champion. Here are some of the lessons she’s learned along the way from Team Great Britain’s trainers, plus a few of her top snack picks:

McCallin emphasizes that when it comes to nutrition, consistency is key.

“I’ve come a long way in terms of just being educated and not waiting until I’m hungry to eat,” she says.

Now, McCallin eats three meals and two snacks every day — even when she’s not in the mood for it.

She always has a snack mid-morning, and on game day her pre-game snack consists of peanut butter and a banana on toast. Post-game, she has a protein shake to help her recover energy quickly, she says.

Some of her other favorite meals? Overnight oats for breakfast, eggs, avocado, and salmon on rye bread for lunch, and almonds for a snack. For dinner, her plate is colorful and full of lots of vegetables. Other kitchen staples? Onions, garlic, chili, and ginger which McCallin says are good for gut health.

For all athletes, keeping up a good diet requires motivation and self-control. Especially when you’re on the go, traveling and running between practices and games, it can be difficult to stick to healthy habits. According to McCallin, a large part of it lies in being intentional, planning ahead, and picking foods you can prepare ahead of time and throw in your gear bag.

To learn more about Shona’s hockey journey, travels, and future goals, click here.

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