Nutrition plays a crucial role in any athlete’s performance. Playing minor hockey can be challenging, and you need to make sure you get the right nutrition to perform optimally. Pairing a balanced diet with a rigorous training regime is key for success.
You probably already know that your body needs certain nutrients to perform at its best, but are following the right diet? We know that it can be difficult to keep track of everything you eat, especially if you are a young hockey player.
That is why we’ve compiled this list of great nutritional tips that are sure to boost your performance and make you feel great at the same time.
Have Meals Prepared
The easiest way to make sure you don’t skip meals or lose out on those precious nutrients is by having and following a meal plan. Parents should plan meals and prepare them in advance to ensure their young hockey star gets the nutrients they need.
Say No to Fast Foods
We all know that fast foods are bad for us. Not only are they dripping with oil and bad fats, but they also have absolutely no nutritional value. No matter how big the temptation is, steer clear from fast foods at all cost.
Know When to Eat What
When you eat and what you eat is just as important as your training regime. This includes stocking up on some carbs before a game or training and having some proteins afterwards. The key is in knowing when to eat what and how much you should have.
Follow a Balanced Diet
It goes without saying, but we’ve decided to include this tip anyway as it is crucial to training and playing a success. Make sure your diet includes all the major food groups and that you get all the healthy nutrients you need with every meal.
Know Your Portions
Portions is another important point worth discussing. If you eat all the right foods, you’re your portions aren’t right it won’t do any good to your performance. Your portions should be in line with your body’s needs and always avoid overeating.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not only for hockey players but for everyone. Be sure you have breakfasted every day, no matter what. Breakfast should also consist of three major food groups such as protein, fruit and grain.
Carbs for Training, Proteins for Recovery
While carbohydrates are encouraged for training and building muscle, food that is rich in protein should be taken into account for recovery after an injury. You should also include foods that are high in calcium and Vitamin D when in recovery.
And there you have it. With these easy to follow nutritional tips, you’ll be performing at your best. Always remember that consulting your general practitioner when changing your diet is recommended. Good luck and stay healthy!