5 Reasons For Athletes To Eat Fish

A few years ago I had my first guest blogger for you. Lindsay Cotter! I have known Lindsay pretty much from the start of my blogging/podcast journey, and even though she is one of the busiest people I know, she has a heart of gold, and always wants to help others!

I am so excited she agreed to cover my blog for the day, and I knew she would bring something good….I was not wrong! This is an awesome post, and I have talked many times about Steve and I making sure we have fish at least once a week (thanks Sizzlefish!). Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Over to Lindsay!

Hi there Fellow Tina Friends! My name is Lindsay Cotter and I blog over at Cotter Crunch. So happy Tina is letting me share her space today, so generous!

Anyway, about me. I’m married to a pro triathlete. I’m also a Nutrition Specialist and Fitness Professional for Endurance Athletes and Gluten-Free My blog is a gluten free guide (for all), and I want to be there to help you maintain proper nutrition as you work to keep your body in top shape for your next race or workout. That’s why I’m called the SHERPA wife; to support and FUEL others!! 

I make the fuel, and the refuel, and everything in between!

But the other main reason I blog is support others (and my husband) in pursuing their health and fitness goals.


James Cotter Pro Triathlete

I’d say my best support comes through fueling, especially with easy gluten free recipes/food!

So let’s talks about the food now…. What food is best for endurance athletes and why?

5 Reasons Athletes Should Eat Fish

5 reason Endurance Athletes should Consume Fish

  • Muscle Recovery — Fish oil helps to reduce the inflammation caused by exercise. This allows for quicker recovery and less muscle soreness. We all need that for those KEY workouts, yes?
  • Improve Lung Performance — You know that familiar feeling during a run, of having fresh legs, but lacking in the whole breathing department? Fish oil improves blood flow and therefore, oxygen delivery during peak energy intervals.
  • Joint Health — As we age it is increasingly important to take care of our joints. Omega-3 fatty acid helps to ease joint stiffness and combat chemicals that destroy cartilage.
  • Lose UNHEALTHY Body Fat — The more in shape you are, the better your athletic performance will be. Fish oil can actually help you lose unhealthy body fat. Remember, we all need fat to run healthy and keep strong, but if you’re looking to get to that healthy body fat, then adding fish to your diet along with proper exercise can help! The DHA found in Omega-3 can also reprogram the genes so that carbohydrates are broken down by the body and not stored as fat.
  • Heart Health — Of course most of us know fish oil supports heart health, and a healthy heart is imperative for runners. Research has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can decrease the likelihood of cardiovascular disease.

Now that I’ve yammered on about fish, it’s time to get in the kitchen and create a delicious fish dish! This one is a favorite of mine because it delicious and literally takes about 10 minutes to make. Try it out and see for yourself!

Rosemary salmon with orange zest


  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1 or 2 small rosemary sprigs chopped or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 or 2 6oz salmon filets -I’m using wild caught Coho Sizzlefish Salmon.
  • dash of sea salt
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Orange peel or grated Orange zest
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional –> balsamic glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Next chop garlic and rosemary and mix together with orange zest.
  2. Place salmon in foil or oiled baking dish. Drizzle each filet with olive oil and sprinkle with the rest of your herbs/seasoning. Including the salt and pepper. You can also drizzle a little balsamic glaze over each filet if you’d like.
  3. Place baking dish in oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the salmon flesh is flaky.

Well folks, that’s all for now. Let me know if you give this recipe a whirl or if you have ANY questions on nutrition. I’d love to answer!



LC (aka Sherpa Wife)

I dont know how you can not love Lindsay! She is an expert in nutrition for recovery, what would you like to ask her?

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