Every four years, we marvel at the seemingly superhuman feats of Olympic athletes. They push their bodies to the limit, their triumphs the result of years of training and dedication to sport. Having the stamina to go the distance in Olympic competition requires more than skill; it commands a healthy diet augmented by nutrient-packed snacks.
But it’s important for physically active people, not just Olympic athletes, to eat healthy snacks throughout the day, notes registered dietitian Elisa Zied.
“Having planned snacks in between meals once or twice a day can help keep energy levels up, metabolisms revved and support you both physically and mentally—whether you’re at the gym, running after your children or working at your desk,” says Zied.
Take a cue from the pros and browse our gallery to discover which snacks give Olympians the energy and endurance they need to thrive.