We've all been told a countless number of times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But guess what? It really is! Many of us are guilty about skipping breakfast whether we say we aren't hungry, don't have enough time, or just want to sleep in five extra minutes. Stop the excuses and start making time for breakfast, especially if you are a soccer player.
Breakfast is called the most important meal of the day for several reasons. Athletes need to eat a balanced breakfast because it helps provide energy and nutrients for strength, concentration, and performance which are all crucial for playing soccer. To play at your best, your body needs to get its day started on the right track.
When preparing your mind and body for a soccer match it is best to eat a breakfast that is high in carbohydrates, low to moderate in protein, and low in fat. Carbs are essential before a soccer game because they will digest quickly to help boost your energy without cramping and bloating.
What to eat 1-2 hours before a game:
- Smoothie with low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit
What to eat 2-3 hours before a game:
- Whole grain toast with jam or honey
- Oatmeal with banana
- Bagel with peanut butter
What to eat 3-4 hours before a game:
- Low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit, granola, and whole grain toast
- Veggie omelet or scrambled eggs with vegetables and whole grain toast
In addition to your breakfast, don't forget to drink water throughout the morning as you prepare for your soccer match. Every person's body is different so try these breakfast meals and find out what works best for you! Do you have a meal to add to our breakfast of champions? If so, email your submissions to CrossBonesSports@gmail.com.