Beyond Athletics

Don’t Miss Your Macros: Here’s a Recipe Remade Healthy For Athletes

(Flickr - Smabs Sputzer)

(Flickr – Smabs Sputzer)

I previously wrote about one of my other favorite summer barbecue recipes, which would definitely work deliciously with this.

I’m the kind of girl who gets caught up in the facts and details behind a particular topic. And like many cooks, I tend to relate everything back to food.

I know this about myself.

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when European hit-machine Zedd came through my playlist on the treadmill this weekend, and I began poking around his past on the Internet, which led to Germany, which led to a ridiculous craving for bratwurst.

But I was surprised.

And also frustrated. Like many fellow athletes and nutrition watch-dogs, I began looking for a leaner take on the traditional link, because while bratwurst is known for being an easy and tasty treat, the calories packed in one of those dogs is off the charts.

Let’s replace that one (albeit major) negative with a positive and switch things up with a chicken sausage. I did it this weekend, and I promise it’s worth the swap. This recipe is soooo good.

Bratwurst Recipe Remade Healthy for Athletes


  • 1 12oz pkg of sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • 4 cups sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 7-oz jar roasted red peppers, drained and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • Optional: 1 large whole wheat Baguette, halved lengthwise (or 1 package whole wheat rolls or buns)*


  1. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. (Coat it with some cooking spray.)
  2. Add onion and 12oz pkg of chicken sausage links. Cook 1 minute.
  3. Pour in the vinegar and cook for 14 minutes or until sausage is done, turning occasionally.
  4. Add bell peppers. Cook for 1 more minute! Just one more. Almost done.
  5. Sprinkle with black pepper.

Then you eat it. Put it in your mouth and chew. Then go back to the books and workouts. Boom.

*Obviously if you want a low-carb option, skip the bread!

I can’t promise they’ll be as entertaining as I am about nutrition for athletes, but the scouts I work with are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to the more important things. Like steps you should take to get connected with college coaches. The best first step is building a recruiting profile.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.