Gearing up for the big game? For those of us who prefer to play instead of watch, proper nutrition is a must. But if you’re wondering what to eat before a sports game? We have some ideas!
6 Healthy Sports Snacks
- High Quality Cereals
Skip the Cap’n Crunch and go for steel cut oats. They’re minimally processed and an excellent source of high-quality, complex carbs. For added flavor and nutrients, top with some fresh berries or banana slices.
Speaking of bananas… they are an excellent source of potassium, which is great for muscle movement and preventing cramps. You’ll get an instant boost of effective energy, thanks to the natural sugar and healthy carbs.
If a banana isn’t quite enough, cut up chunks and add to a container of low-sugar yogurt for a quick and effective pre-game breakfast or snack.
- Whole Grain Toast
Complex carbs will give you the energy you need for the game. Unlike simple carbs (i.e., junk!), they burn slowly and won’t leave you with a post-sugar slump. Whole grain bread also has B vitamins, fiber, iron, and magnesium. Top it with some peanut butter (and add a banana while you’re at it!) or your favorite nut butter, fruit spread (no added sugar), or an egg.
Did someone say eggs? A terrific source of protein, eggs will fuel you up for the activity ahead. Bonus: you can prepare them in a bunch of different ways. Try poached or fried on a piece of whole wheat toast or scrambled with veggies.
- Lean Meats (Fish, Chicken)
Fish is packed with protein, as well as omega-3s, to help prevent fatigue. Chicken is high in vitamins and minerals without a high fat content (you want to avoid a lot of fat before games). Because you need long-lasting carbs before intense physical activity, pair your fish or chicken with whole grain pasta or brown rice – or make a chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread.
- FATTY Hickory-Smoked Meat Sticks
Looking for healthy sports snacks that you can grab and go? Sweetwood’s FATTY hickory-smoked meat sticks deliver. Minimally processed, made from grass-fed beef, paleo- and keto-friendly, gluten free, low cal, no sugar, and plenty of protein… these snacks have it all. And they’re delicious, with flavors ranging from savory Original to sweet Teriyaki and Honey BBQ to spicy Jalapeno. Pack a few FATTY meat sticks along with some cheese slices and whole grain crackers for those all-important complex carbs, and you’re set.
These healthy sports snacks and meals will help you dominate on the field, court, track, trail…. Whatever your sport of choice, make sure to fuel your body with great food. And don’t forget to hydrate!