As a soccer player, you deserve meals and snacks that fill you up and fuel great performance on the field—and, of course, are delicious to eat! Finding the right balance may seem tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. In today’s blog, we will be sharing a few of our favorite meals and snacks for success on and off the field.
For a quick treat that provides sustenance and refreshment, fruit salad is perfect. You can enjoy a combination of your favorite fruits for breakfast, or toss them into your bag for an on-the-go snack that doesn’t require much of an appetite. Pair your favorite fruits with yogurt or a glass of milk for added protein before a big game.
No time to eat? A smoothie made with a bit of yogurt, fruit juice and your favorite fruits works just as well!
Homemade granola bars
Granola bars are a classic option for on-the-go players because they’re easy and healthy—but did you know that you can easily get that convenience from ingredients you already have on hand? The night before a big game, you can prepare a batch of homemade granola bars by combining oats with dried fruits, nuts, honey and peanut butter (or another mix that you prefer). There are even varieties of bars that don’t require any baking.
Trail mix is another easy pick for days where you’re in the rush, and your favorite mix will provide you with the carbohydrate energy you need to get going. Dried fruits, pretzels, nuts, granola and other ingredients are easy to put together and enjoy on the field.
Hearty midday sandwich
Soccer players are often advised to eat lean proteins, but that doesn’t mean skimping out on taste or satisfaction. Put together a hearty midday sandwich with turkey or chicken, whole wheat bread, spinach and a bit of cheese. You can enjoy a glass of milk or yogurt on the side, as well as another serving of your favorite fruit for your post-meal sweet tooth.
Hummus and pita bread
This classic Greek treat is a delicious snack that can fill you up between meals, or when you don’t have time for a full-fledged meal. Enjoy a hearty plate full of pita bread, hummus and a few additional veggies for a snack you’ll truly love.
Grilled chicken and veggies
When it comes time for dinner, make yourself a plate of grilled chicken, veggies like broccoli or asparagus, and a carb like rice or quinoa. You can switch up this meal by swapping your chicken for fish and alternating the sides you use. A meal like this, complete with protein and carbohydrates, is perfect for energizing yourself before game day and helping you refuel following tough workouts.
Which of these tasty food combos do you plan on trying next? Let us know below! We hope that these ideas help you enjoy your time off the field, so that you can maximize your time on it.