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See what’s on a sports dietitian's plate 

October 20, 2015 10:13am | Rachel Stark

You can find them in the corners of weight rooms and at the entrances of locker rooms. They’re popping up outside practice facilities, academic centers and athletic training offices. Fueling stations have become common additions to athletics facilities nationwide. But when it comes to stocking them, where should you start?

The expert

Allison Maurer is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics who oversees performance nutrition for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, athletics department.




Her essentials:

Fresh fruit 

There’s no guarantee an apple a day keeps poor performance away, but it’s hard to argue with the benefits of this food group. Fruits are filled with vitamins and minerals, plus their high water content aids hydration.

Protein-rich drinks

Gatorade Protein Shakes, Muscle Milk Collegiate, chocolate milk – Maurer offers an array of post-workout drinks. High in calories and protein, these varieties aid muscle recovery and are great for athletes trying to gain weight. 

Cherry juice

At Tennessee’s fueling stations, Maurer supplies individual bottles of this juice that is believed to fight inflammation. It’s also a good carbohydrate source, she says. Her brand of choice? Cheribundi.


Maurer classifies these as “must-haves.” The dietitian sets out multivitamins for her college athletes and places a particular emphasis on vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of calcium and promotes healthy bones. 

Greek yogurt

While yogurt in general is a healthy option, Maurer prefers the Greek variety for its higher levels of protein. Additionally, the natural bacteria in this food could benefit gut health.

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