Resources For Athletes


Resources For Athletes


Resources for Athletes

The Athlete's Plate

The Athlete's Plates are a visual tool designed to help sports dietitians working with athletes and athletes themselves adjust their nutrition to variable training loads when following a periodized training and competition plan. The Athlete's Plates were developed by Meyer, NL with UCCS' Sport Nutrition Graduate Program in collaboration with the US Olympic Committee's (USOC) Food and Nutrition Services. The plates were subsequently reviewed by the USOC Sport Dietitians and scientifically tested (validated) against sport nutrition recommendations.

When downloading the plates, you agree that they are used for educational purposes only. Permissions to use the plates in written publications or to adjust them to sport-specific or international applications should be directed to Nanna Meyer: Thank you!

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The Athlete's TrueFood Plate

The Athlete's TrueFood Plate grew out of the Athlete's Plate concept but recognizes the importance of ethical eating. TrueFood is defined as food for athletes who eat with integrity and respect for the planet, animals, and people. The TrueFood Athlete's Plates emphasize fresh, seasonal, local, and organic food. The plates also highlight the importance of humane treatment of animals and encourages families to grow some food at home, to get back into the kitchen to cook and to re-instate the family meal. 

This athlete's plate has the dimension of a placemat. Thus, it can be printed and laminated as placemats. These plates are useful reminders to focus on performance nutrition and eating more when it matters (during high intensity training). However, they also teach athletes to respect the environment, consider the farmer, make ethical choices when eating meat, and to value food beyond its simple function of fueling. TrueFood athletes are food citizens who eat mindfully, promoting good health for both their body and the planet.