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.
It is officially Fall. Leaves are changing, students have returned to schools, and convenience stores have been selling Halloween merchandise for two months already. Of all the things to look forward to in the fall, the return of school sports is one of our favorites. At SportsGrub we love supporting local high school and college teams throughout their season. We are happy to become a part of team traditions. We want to make sure every athlete has access to healthy and tasty game day meals.
Meals Designed For Athletes
Did you know there are entire subcategories in nutrition and health studies for athletes? Professional sports has driven nutritionists, physical trainers, and medical researchers to learn everything they can about food and exercise for athletes. Using those studies, our team has developed a menu that is designed to keep athletes fueled from the warmups to overtime. Orange slices may have been fine for halftime at a little league game, but adult athletes need meals that will keep them energized and help them build lean muscle. Too often, student-athletes prepare for away games with unhealthy food they buy on the road or with a small snack at home. More importantly, our app allows athletes to keep track of their nutrition and caloric intake.
Accountability & Responsibility
In the past there were really only three options for athletes on game day. Prepare your own food which requires waking up earlier. Get unhealthy food from a fast-food establishment or mainstream food delivery app. Or don’t eat. With SportsGrub your entire team can get healthy food that is freshly prepared and delivered to your game. SportsGrub is a local brand which means we are not a middle man like other app services. Our teams order food from our menu and it is delivered by us. That way, we can deal with any issues or problems, and you don’t have to worry about sending an email to a faceless company that might not get back to you.
Contact SportsGrub For Food Delivery
If you are looking to get a delicious meal for your entire team. Try out SportsGrub, you can contact our sales team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or using our online form.
As the old saying goes, you get what you put in. And that could be no truer than for athletic nutrition. Thousands or researches have studied food’s effect on athletic performance. And with that research, we have learned numerous things on how food affects the body before, during, and after a game. At SportsGrub we are dedicated to providing meals based off of nutritional research, that is why we have compiled these tips on nutrition.
When To Eat
Meal timing is just as important as meal contents. Every athlete knows the damage of trying to play while hungry or while full. It is recommended that full meals are eaten more than an hour before games, whereas healthy snacks like granola or fruit can be eaten thirty minutes prior to the game. It is important to make sure that meals eaten prior to the game are correctly portioned according to the span of time between eating and playing. This is the best way to avoid hunger fatigue.
Good hydration does not begin during the game or even warm-up drills. Athletes should be drinking water hours prior to physical activity. It is also important to avoid foods with high salt content and beverages including coffee, soda, or energy drinks a few hours before practice or a game.
Focus On Protein
Whether you are in the middle of the season or at training camp prior to the season, it is vital that you get enough protein in your diet. Intense training and exercise require an increased daily intake of protein. Not only is important that you increase the amount of protein that you take in, but that you also make sure to spread out protein consumption throughout your day. Protein should be a part of each meal and snack when you are training.
The Importance of Carbs
One term often thrown around in athletic nutrition is “carb loading”. Carbohydrates are a good source of energy, especially for athletes. It is recommended that carbs are consumed the night before gameday. Good sources of carbs include whole wheat pasta, bread, and potatoes. It is important to consult a dietician to get a recommended amount of carbs before a game.
Manage Sugar Intake
Unnecessary sugar can be extremely unhealthy and hurt an athlete’s performance. Sugary foods and greasy foods take longer to digest which impedes your ability. Even sugars found in sports drinks are not recommended outside of during the game. Sports drinks should always be saved for practice and breaks.
SportsGrub is a food delivery system for teams in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. If your team is interested in sports nutrition and getting delicious meals delivered to your next game contact us through our online form.