In order to provide our athletes with the right nutrients, we offer a daily buffet that is both varied and healthy.
During this intensive training period, you will demand a lot from your body. You need energy to focus and train hard, but also other nutrients to help your body recover and restore itself. Training and exercise are activities that exhaust your body. You only get better if you recover well. Good recovery is done by getting enough rest, but above all by eating the right diet. We are happy to help you with this. Want to know how? Keep reading to find out!
All food and drink contains nutrients. Carbohydrates and fats provide energy. Proteins are building materials for your body and vitamins and minerals are needed to support all bodily processes (including releasing energy and supporting recovery). We need all these nutrients, but at times we need more of some than of others.
Carbohydrates are the no. 1 fuel for our brains and muscles. This makes them very important for you as an athlete. Fats are also a fuel, but the wrong type of fuel (i.e. too slow) for physical exercise. Proteins are building materials and support muscle recovery after exercise. However, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are also needed to make this muscle recovery possible.
Carbohydrates can be found in bread, cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes, couscous, fruit and fruit juice, but also in sweets, cakes, biscuits and chocolate.
Proteins can be found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy, as well as in legumes, nuts and meat substitutes such as tofu and tempeh.
Fats include olive oil and butter of course, but they can also be found in meat, fish, dairy and nuts. They are also found in unhealthy foods such as chips, crisps, fries, biscuits, cakes and chocolate.
Vitamins and minerals are found in all natural unprocessed products. These include fruit and vegetables, wholegrain cereals and cereal products, dairy products, fish and nuts.
Our menu and buffet are designed to help you make the right choices.
A good start is half the battle! Start your day with bread, porridge, muesli or pancakes. These contain lots of carbohydrates as fuel to help you start your day of training full of energy. You can also choose high-protein fillings such as eggs, cheese and/or cold meats. Porridge and pancakes also contain proteins (from milk and eggs). You can also enjoy muesli with yoghurt or cottage cheese. These are also excellent sources of protein. Proteins help you stay full for a long time. So make sure you don't eat too much at breakfast. Also don't just focus on proteins and avoid carbs completely. Protein won't give you the necessary fuel to help you train well!
You should also eat some fruit. This will give you some added energy and vitamins. Don't forget to drink something either. During the night, your body loses a lot of mositure through breathing, but also through sweating. This means you wake up a little dehydrated. A small amount of dehydration can already impact your performance: you have decreased concentration, you feel tired quicker and there is an increased risk of muscle spasms. So don't forget to drink
We always start lunch with a soup. This soup is made using fresh vegetables, meaning it is packed full of vitamins. It also contains salt and water. During training, your body loses a lot of salt and water in the form of sweat. Just like with breakfast, it's important to restore your hydration. Did you also know that salt helps to absorb and retain moisture?
After your first training session, you will need to recharge your fuel tanks for the second session. That's why we offer mixed dishes that mostly consist of carbohydrates (fuel) with an appropriate amount of protein (building material) and a minimal amount of fat. This combination will help to quickly refuel your energy tanks and will give your muscles the necessary protein to help you recover. Choose a salad (or a variety of salads) for additional vitamins.
Dinner will also consist of 3 components. We start with carbohydrates (fuel), the basis of any good sports meal. We then offer a selection of warm vegetables. Finally you have your choice of protein (meat, fish or meat substitute).
The quantities served have been calculated based on what you need to support your sports performance. Want something a little different or do you want more or less of one of these components? Please let us know.
Finally you can round off your dinner with a dessert. These aren't necessarily healthy, but in a good high-performance diet, there is some room to enjoy something a little decadent from time to time.
Our preparations have taken into account a variety of different dietary requirements. Both our lunch and dinner offerings include vegan options, as well as plenty of gluten- and lactose-free dishes. Do you have particular dietary requirements? Please let us know in advance, particularly if you have a gluten allergy. This gives our chefs plenty of time to take this into account when preparing your meals.