Healthy Pre Game Snacks You May Not Have Thought Of…
There’s no doubt about it, eating a light snack before a game or workout can be one of the smartest moves an athlete can make. This is often the only difference between winning and succumbing to failure after a nasty energy burnout. Even professional athletes such as Lance Armstrong make it a point to consume some type of snack before any cycling activity, but not any snack will do. Your body needs healthy pre game snacks in order to perform at its best. If you’re at a loss about which snacks you should eat then you’re in luck, because in this article im about to give you some of the healthiest snacks you could ever eat before your game.
These healthy pre game snacks may surprise you…
Perhaps one of the healthiest snacks you can eat before game time is a simple peanut butter sandwich or bagel made out of whole wheat bread. Peanut butter often gets a bad rep because it is high in fat, but what many people do not know is that these fats are unsaturated. These are the healthy kind that we actually need to consume for a healthy and well balanced diet. The fats in peanut butter are easily broken down and processed by the digestive system and give an almost immediate boost of energy.
Whole wheat bread, or grains, also provide an added boost of energy. Yet unlike peanut butter this energy is slowly broken down and released by the digestive system. This means that you’ll be able to maintain your energy levels throughout your game instead of crashing and burning. Added to this is the fact that whole wheat bread comes loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals which your body needs to perform at its best.
Next up on our list of healthy pre game snacks are simple fruit. Unsurprisingly, fruits such as bananas, oranges, and grapes are also easily broken down into glucose and enters the blood stream easily and more readily. This gives a nice boost of energy, but unlike oats and whole wheat this energy is not sustained. Because of these factors fruit can also be a good source of mid-game energy for those of us in need of a quick “pick me up”.
No matter what you do, stay away from sugar!
Perhaps one of the worst things you can do before any pre-game of exercise regimen is to eat a snack high in sugar. Why? Because eating a lot of sugar will cause your energy levels to spike, but for only a short amount of time. After this happens, guess what comes next? You probably guessed it, the unavoidable crash which dramatically decreases your energy levels and performance. This sugar come down can cause your performance to suffer and leave you feeling tired and sluggish the rest of the game. This also includes the excessive drinking of Gatorade or Powerade sports drinks. These also have high amounts of sugar, and although they are not bad, they are no replacement for simple water.
Remember, snacking can be smart, but only if you go about it the right way. It is my hope that these simple healthy pre game snacks will serve you well during your next tournament.