Recipes for Success


Any athlete who is serious about their sport should care about what they put into their bodies. The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ rings even truer on the sporting field than it does in everyday life.

We all want to maximize our health and our performance but with so many mixed messages out there about what we should eat and drink it’s hard to know what’s best. This Recipes for Success booklet – filled with tasty, healthy, performance enhancing recipes that are easy to make – aims to support GAA players and members in making the right choices. However, cooking for yourself is something you can only truly learn by doing. That’s why the unique partnership behind Recipes for Success facilitates bringing teams together to enhance not only their nutritional knowledge but also their practical cookery skills, one of the most important life-skills any player can develop.

The project is the result of a unique partnership between the GAA, the Home Economics Department at St. Angela’s College, Sligo, and the ATHE (Association of Teachers for Home Economics). The nutritional/diet content has been determined in collaboration with leading Irish sports performance nutritionist Críonna Tobin, of Optimum Nutrition. This unique collaboration is about brings together expertise from an array of sectors and was designed to respond to an identified need in GAA clubs for practical programmes supporting healthy eating for sport and the game called life.

During the pilot stage of Recipes for Success selected minor or U21 squads from clubs participating in Phase 1 of the GAA Healthy Club Project experienced a nutritional workshop and a practical “hands on” cookery class. The perfect training for any young adult potentially progressing into third level education and their first requirement to fend for themselves in the kitchen. This session was sponsored by the GAA, St. Angela’s and the ATHE and was delivered in the Home Economics department of their local secondary school. It is intended to grow the project’s reach through this model in subsequent phases

We hope that you enjoy these Recipes for Success and that you incorporate them into your daily routine. Your body – and your performance – will be the better for it.

Download all recipes from ‘Recipes For Success’ in our Health downloads section.

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