Grocery Shopping List for Athletes

Kelli has been working extensively with athletes since 2001 when she became the dietitian for the United States Military Academy.  She served as the Corps of Cadets’ dietitian until 2010.  Since then she has continued to work with athletes ranging in age from youth to Master’s in a variety of sports ranging from soccer to cycling.  Helping athletes achieve their best through optimizing nutritional practices remains her passion. 

Her sports background includes running Cross-Country and Track and Field at the collegiate level at Pennsylvania State University from 1991-1995.  She achieved All-American status twice in the 10,000M in 1993 and 1994.  After completing a successful collegiate running career, Kelli transitioned to triathlons.  Kelli has completed four Ironman triathlons, to include the Hawaii Ironman twice. 

Her clinical background includes a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Exercise Science.  She completed her internship from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA and obtained her Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington.  Kelli has been a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics since 2006.

In this episode you will learn:

1.Challenges athletes face when trying to make healthy choices at a grocery store.

2. Rules or tips Kelli recommends to athletes when going to the grocery.

3. What to do if you’re short on time for shopping and is there a method of starting in a particular place of the store to get out sooner.

4. How beneficial is it to go to the grocery with a list and does it save time and money.

5. Kelli’s recommendation for those who need to increase their F&V intake but have not been buying them because when they do, they often go bad.  

6. Advice she gives to help athletes to make healthy choices when shopping.

7. How to read a nutrition label on specific products and tips on what to do when the product has multiple brands to choose from (i.e. yogurt, bread, etc).

8. Items that may be advertised as Healthy but are really not when you look at the food label.

9. Her new eBook titled Grocery Shopping List for Athletes: Using the Grocery Store to your Advantage.

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  • Katie Kissane, MS RD

    Sometimes when life gets busy it can be hard to plan ahead and I find myself going to the grocery store with no plan and on an empty stomach. This is a great reminder that planning ahead by preparing a shopping list and going to the grocery store after a meal can help you save money and time. Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is a great suggestion for increasing fruit and veggie consumption without worrying about food going bad. This was a very informative podcast.

    • Hanna

      I agree, Katie! And the crazy thing about frozen fruits and vegetables, in addition to them being cheaper and lasting longer, they sometimes taste better too! This podcast gave me some helpful tips that I will use and will pass on to others that I know. Although, even when I do grocery shop on a full stomach, there are some “unnecessary” items that sneak into my cart, simply because they look too good to pass up!

  • Katie Kissane, MS RD

    Sometimes when life gets busy it can be hard to plan ahead and I find myself going to the grocery store with no plan and on an empty stomach. This is a great reminder that planning ahead by preparing a shopping list and going to the grocery store after a meal can help you save money and time. Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is a great suggestion for increasing fruit and veggie consumption without worrying about food going bad. This was a very informative podcast.

    • Hanna

      I agree, Katie! And the crazy thing about frozen fruits and vegetables, in addition to them being cheaper and lasting longer, they sometimes taste better too! This podcast gave me some helpful tips that I will use and will pass on to others that I know. Although, even when I do grocery shop on a full stomach, there are some “unnecessary” items that sneak into my cart, simply because they look too good to pass up!

  • Alain

    As athletes, sometimes it’s hard to know what to eat, in addition to what alternative choices there are out there. Making grocery lists and being exposed to different foods help athletes to plan ahead and eating diverse foods they typically don’t eat. Kelli gives great tips to buy alternative food items that may be convenient for athletes who do not have time or lack cooking tools.

    • Hanna

      I completely agree, Alain. You hit the nail right on the head with athletes not always knowing what to eat, or how to plan when entering the grocery store. I think its pretty easy to get stuck in a rut, eating the same foods day in and day out when trying to stick to a budget and not knowing how to prepare or eat certain foods. Kelli really does give some great tips!

  • Alain

    As athletes, sometimes it’s hard to know what to eat, in addition to what alternative choices there are out there. Making grocery lists and being exposed to different foods help athletes to plan ahead and eating diverse foods they typically don’t eat. Kelli gives great tips to buy alternative food items that may be convenient for athletes who do not have time or lack cooking tools.

    • Hanna

      I completely agree, Alain. You hit the nail right on the head with athletes not always knowing what to eat, or how to plan when entering the grocery store. I think its pretty easy to get stuck in a rut, eating the same foods day in and day out when trying to stick to a budget and not knowing how to prepare or eat certain foods. Kelli really does give some great tips!

  • Catherine

    Just order the eBook, after hearing this podcast!

    My favorite topic was her discussion on “healthy” foods that aren’t really so healthy — definitely something to be aware of when shopping. Her tips for label reading are useful for athletes trying to decipher and compare different products!

  • Catherine

    Just order the eBook, after hearing this podcast!

    My favorite topic was her discussion on “healthy” foods that aren’t really so healthy — definitely something to be aware of when shopping. Her tips for label reading are useful for athletes trying to decipher and compare different products!

  • Laura Maydak

    This is such an important topic for athletes (and non-athletes), and Kelli touches on many common issues that we face when grocery shopping. I love that she pointed out the tactics that grocery stores use to get us to buy certain items – and how these are not necessarily the foods that help performance. I’m also glad that she talked about falling victim to the labels on the front of packaged items, as this is a common pitfall for many people. Kelli provides simple, useful tips for shopping and eating well – and I love her statement about how athletes’ carts should look like their plates. I can’t wait to read her full eBook!

  • Laura Maydak

    This is such an important topic for athletes (and non-athletes), and Kelli touches on many common issues that we face when grocery shopping. I love that she pointed out the tactics that grocery stores use to get us to buy certain items – and how these are not necessarily the foods that help performance. I’m also glad that she talked about falling victim to the labels on the front of packaged items, as this is a common pitfall for many people. Kelli provides simple, useful tips for shopping and eating well – and I love her statement about how athletes’ carts should look like their plates. I can’t wait to read her full eBook!

  • Christine Turpin RD, LDN, CSCS

    Grocery shopping can be overwhelming and difficult for the athlete. Especially if they don’t know how to fill their carts with the right foods. Kelli does a great job in providing tips to make
    shopping easier. I love her ideas how to make healthy choices while shopping including the tips to select yogurt. I can’t wait to read more in the eBook!

  • Christine Turpin RD, LDN, CSCS

    Grocery shopping can be overwhelming and difficult for the athlete. Especially if they don’t know how to fill their carts with the right foods. Kelli does a great job in providing tips to make
    shopping easier. I love her ideas how to make healthy choices while shopping including the tips to select yogurt. I can’t wait to read more in the eBook!