Food for Thought

How to Perform Your Best When it Matter Most

Many athletes choke in competition compared to their performance during practice. In my work as a mental game expert, this is a common challenge for athletes. If choking affects an athlete’s sports performance, it’s a mental game issue and not physical.

If athletes can perform well in practice, but can’t take it to the field, course, or court, it’s likely that anxiety, tension, or fear is getting in the way. The ability to take your “practice game” to competition is critical to your success sport.

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Healthy Hooper

Lemon Chia Seed Protein Muffins


Whey Isolate or other vanilla protein powder 80 g 

Baking stevia or sugar 2/3 cup 

Almond flour 1/2 cup (if subbing allpurpose or gluten-free baking blend, add 2 tbsp. oil) Baking powder 1 tsp. 

Baking soda 1/2 tsp. 

Salt 1/4 tsp. 

Nonfat plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup 

Egg whites 1/2 cup, approx. 4 large. 

Unsweetened apple sauce 1/2 cup 

Lemon zest 3 tbsp. 

Lemon juice 2 tbsp. 

Vanilla extract 1 tsp 

Black chia seeds (or poppy seeds) 2 tbsp. 


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  
  3. 3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat together wet ingredients.  
  4. 4. Mix dry and wet ingredients until just combined, then stir in black chia seeds or poppy  seeds.  
  5. 5. Line cups of a muffin pan with paper, silicone, or foil liners, and lightly spray insides  with cooking spray. Alternately, you can skip the liners and lightly coat the inside of each  cup with cooking spray.  
  6. 6. Divide batter between cups, filling almost to the top.  
  7. 7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean. 8. Cool 10-15 minutes before attempting to remove liner. Enjoy with butter if desired