At SportsGrub, we are dedicated to helping student-athletes not just eat better but understand the importance of healthy eating relative to performing on and off the field or court. The key to maximizing your game day potential is understanding how nutrition, meal prep, and meal portions all play a role in your performance. To perform at your top level requires a lot of things to work in unison. Training, practice, nutrition, mental toughness, and other factors all play a role in giving your best performance. And even when you aren’t on the field, these factors play a role in your overall wellbeing. With that, we wanted to take this time to discuss a variety of “superfoods” that student-athletes should pay attention to.
What Is A Superfood?
Before listing some important foods you should consider incorporating into your diet, we need to discuss the term “superfood”. Superfood is a bit of a misnomer. The title of superfood did not come from doctors, dietitians, or nutrition experts, but was created for marketing purposes. That said, there are foods that do have an impact on your diet and overall health. Most foods that are given the label of “superfood” have that label because of their nutrients. It is important to remember that something being labeled as a “superfood” will not inherently make someone more healthy or compensate for a lack of nutrient balance. But it should be noted that there are many foods that are better than others for providing nutrients.
Foods You Should Incorporate Into Your Diet
As mentioned above “superfood” is not an entirely accurate term for foods that have a positive effect on your diet. But just because that term isn’t an officially recognized term, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few good food options that will benefit your diet. Here are a few items from around the grocery store that can help you improve your diet.
- DGLVs: DGLVs or “Dark Green Leafy Vegetables” are a group of foods that include kale, swiss chard, spinach, and collard greens. They provide nutrients including calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber. All of these nutrients can greatly benefit your diet.
- Egg Whites: This is not a new discovery, but egg whites are packed with nutrients as well as high amounts of protein. You can eat eggs with or without the yolk. Yolks do however contain more cholesterol which is why many people prefer to eat just egg whites. Either way, eggs are an efficient ingredient to add to meals after training because of the protein they provide.
- Nuts and Seeds: Peanuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds are great sources of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Best of all, they are perfect for athletes on a vegetarian or other restricted diets.
Get Healthy Meals From SportsGrub
Sportsgrub provides teams with healthy meals on the go. Too often students have to choose between staying up late to meal prep before a game, eating junk food that they get from fast-food restaurants, or not eating at all before a game. With SportsGrub you get access to healthy meals made fresh before your game that can help you perform at your best. Learn more by contacting our team.