When it comes to game day for whatever sport you play, eating right plays an important role in performance.
Being a professional surfer, I usually wake up a few hours before the competition and head to the beach to prepare. Deciding what to put in my body before that first important heat of the day is a big part of my preparation for a successful event.
It varies how much I eat depending on when my heats run.. If I surf early in the morning I will keep it light with a small bowl of granola and some light fruit all mixed together with almond milk. This is my favorite go to!
Lately my addiction is frozen mangos and blueberries mixed with Ocean Ranch Wild Honey Sesame granola. Try it – you will be blown away!
Mangoes help alkalize the whole body and also improve digestion. Blueberries are known to boost your brain with their high levels of phenols so basically I’m going to out smart my competition.. haha! On top of super brain benefits, blueberries also aid in weight loss, have amazing skin benefits, and even promote heart health. These tasty fruits are a perfect match with my favorite granola that is also a great source of calcium and iron!
If I don’t surf early and have a few hours before my first heat I will generally eat a bigger breakfast to get me through the morning. I usually eat something along the lines of some scrambled eggs with a piece of toast and a side of avocado and if available a side of homemade salsa! Avocado is a good source of healthy fat, the carbs from the bread fuel me through the day of surfing, and eggs give me the much needed protein!
After breakfast and my first heat of the day, I make sure to snack.
Bananas and apple slices are a great go-to. Bananas are great to eat around 15 minutes before you compete to give you the energy you need. They have a broad range of vitamins, phytonutrients, fiber and minerals! Apples are all around good for your health, they promote cancer prevention, intestinal health, heart disease prevention and they also help detoxify the body.
After a long day of surfing and hopefully coming up with the W, I cave and splurge on some great Mexican food! Nutritional value? Not so much, but hey we earned it right?