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Top 10 Foods for Basketballers!

Top 10 Foods for Basketballers!

Top 10 Foods for Basketballers!

  1. Eggs-Provide complete protein and a great source of energy. It is a myth that eggs will raise your cholesterol levels. Eggs should have a dark yellow yolk for the most nutrient density. Omega 3 eggs are healthy for the DHA component , fuel for the brain and spinal cord, just be sure the integrity of the egg’s nutrition is not compromised by the added DHA, meaning the yolk should still be a dark yellow.
  2. Oatmeal- Oatmeal is a great carbohydrate and fiber source for basketballers. It also contains a small amount of essential fatty acids. Oatmeal should be unsweetened and the kind you cook on the stove, not the instant kind that you add hot water to. The instant type of oatmeal contains a lot of sugar and food additives that are not considered healthy.
  3. Bananas- Bananas supply instant energy and fiber and are a great source of potassium for refuelling tired muscles and to help prevent cramping. Potassium is also important for cardiovascular health. Bananas can be eaten on their own or blended into a protein shake.
  4. Sweet potatoes- Contain healthy carbohydrates and vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber and carbohydrates that do not spike insulin levels abruptly. They also contain important anti-oxidants to combat free radical damage brought on by exercise.
  5. Soy/almond milk- These are great sources of protein and fat and carbohydrate and can be used in protein shakes.
  6. Broccoli- Contains important anti-oxidants that help counteract the free radicals that can damage cells, brought on by exercise. Broccoli also contains vitamins, minerals and fiber, important for proper digestion and elimination.
  7. Blueberries/blackberries- Contain anti-oxidants due to their highly dark pigmented skins. These berries are very nutritionally dense, meaning that the nutrients they hold are very high compared to other fruits. Berries in general are high on the ORAC scale, meaning their ability to quench free radicals is very good.
  8. Chicken- Chicken is a good source of lean protein for basketball players. Protein is needed to build muscle mass and provide longer term energy.
  9. Whole grain pasta/breads- Whole-wheat pasta is best for athletes when they are loading on carbs one or two days before their event. Whole grain pastas and breads will provide good carbs, fiber, and a little protein (but you should add a protein to your pasta with something like chicken).
  10. Avocado- Avocados contain healthy fats and Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an important anti-oxidant quenching free radicals and protecting the heart and cardiovascular system.