Campers, You may have heard about carbo-loading certain foods before a basketball game in order to have more energy when you play. Does spaghetti and meatballs sound familiar? That is a common dish served the night before a game. We are here to help you plan out your meals before your next basketball game.
Carbo-loading techniques have changed a bit over the last few years. There are certain carbs that promote increased energy enhancement and there are other carbs that aren’t as effective. Read on to learn more about what you should be eating to maximize your potential energy boost.
What to Eat the Night Before a Game
You want to consume foods high in complex carbs. Below we have included a list of recommended foods:
- Whole grains and foods made from them, such as pasta and whole-grain breads
- Starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, corn, and pumpkin
- Green vegetables
- Beans, lentils, and peas
What to Eat the Morning of a Game
- Whole grains such as oatmeal, whole-grain bread, or whole grain granola with Greek yogurt.
What to Eat In Between Tournament Games
Oftentimes you will play more than one game in the same day and may have some downtime to eat. Make sure you are eating small portions during this time to avoid cramps and that feeling of wanting a nap from a sugar crash. Focus on eating the following foods to stay alert and ready to play:
- Protein bars low in sugar
- Granola bars low in sugar
- Hard-boiled eggs
Beyond just eating the right foods make sure you are drinking plenty of water the day before your game, during your game, and after you finish playing. Avoid juices and soft drinks as they are simple carbs and will cause your energy levels to dip.
Good luck at your next game Campers! We look forward to seeing you Summer 2016!