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5 pro athletes' go-to snacks

Olympians opt for sweet potatoes, fruit bowls, and more.

Because of their strict training and recovery routines, professional athletes need a good amount of fuel to keep their performance levels high. The following snacks, recommended by Olympians, All-Stars, and champion runners, will give you the energy needed to power your workouts.

sweet potatoes

"I find that these give me the most lasting energy, and keep me full for a long time. I like to bake them in the oven, but even if I have to use a microwave at a meet, I think they’re so delicious.” -Garrett Weber-Gale, Olympic swimmer
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banana and almond butter

“This combo is my go-to snack, which I usually eat post-workout.” -Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skier
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fruit

"I love to jump in on a fruit bowl and load up on that for energy. I also eat lots of dried fruit." -Andre Drummond, NBA All-Star
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nut bar

"My snack is typically a piece of fruit with a KIND bar because I am focused on recovery and keeping my energy levels high." -Shalane Flanagan, Olympic marathon runner
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smoothies

"Smoothies are the easiest route for me to get in calories, especially if I have a morning workout. I usually mix frozen bananas or strawberries with a scoop of vanilla or chocolate whey protein, and then sometimes I’ll put in greens, like spinach or kale." -Natasha Hastings, Olympic sprinter
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