Nutrition

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Having a power meal with ... Debi Purcell

This MMA fighter takes on tough-as-nails opponents in cages and rings. But, at the end of the day, she just wants a simple bowl of soup.

By Sharon Liao

A Power Meal With ...

Debi Purcell

This MMA fighter takes on tough-as-nails opponents in cages and rings. But, at the end of the day, she just wants a simple bowl of soup.

Tip of the Day

Read your labels!

Athletes need a high-quality or complete protein for all the amino acids your muscles need to make new proteins. Look for a product with milk, whey or soy protein, or a whey casein blend. Egg protein is an excellent source.

What Athletes Really Eat

Natasha Hastings and Carrie Hanson

An Olympic sprinter and a roller derby jammer share a page from their food diaries.

What's Up With ... ?

Raw foods trend

Pro marathoners, dancers and triathletes say living on uncooked foods is the key to staying strong and preventing injury. We take a closer look at this trend.

Energy Food Facts

Quinoa

Power pick: First revered by the Incas, this South American grain is technically a tiny seed. Packed with nutrients, fiber and protein (nine grams per cup), it contains all the ingredients necessary for building muscle. Today, many pro and Olympic athletes eat quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) in place of rice, oatmeal and other carbs.

Fuel facts: Quinoa provides a dose of all nine essential amino acids, including lysine, which has been shown to repair tissue and speed post-workout recovery. The grain is also high in magnesium, zinc and iron, minerals that bring more oxygenated blood into the muscles. Another bonus: Quinoa does not contain gluten, making it easy to digest and an ideal fuel source for gluten-sensitive athletes like tennis players Novak Djokovic and Sabine Lisicki.

-- Blane Bachelor