Basketball Nutrition Tip: Eat Breakfast

Every time that I train someone early in the morning, whether it be for basketball or strength and condtioning, I always ask them if they ate breakfast before they came to me. Surprisingly, most answer NO. Actually, it’s not really that surprising because I would venture to say that a majority of society skips out on breakfast. Their excuse, I just didn’t have enough time to make anything.  Turns out that this excuse can be hurting you more than you think.

Remember back, when your mom told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? Well, it turns out that she was right, and for a few reasons. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) says that peoople who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to exercise during the day. Eating breakfast provides you with more of the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs, and from a basketball training standpoint it will give you the energy and focus that you need to get through your workouts.

Think about it this way. Assuming that the last meal that you ate the previous day was dinner at around 6pm and that you ate nothing the next morning for breakfast your first meal of that day would be lunch at around 11 or 12. If this is the case, then you would have gone somewhere around 18 or more hours without feeding your body. Last month I talked about how Your Body is Like a Car and that you not only need to fill your body up with good fuel for it to run correctly but also make sure that it never runs on empty too. Going 18 hours without a meal is like letting your car run on empty. So in the future, treat your body right, don’t starve yourself until lunch the next day and EAT BREAKFAST.

Not sure what to eat, try these simple as easy dishes.

4 egg white, 1 whole egg omelette with salsa on a whole wheat wrap.

3/4 of a cup of oatmeal with a handful of almonds mixed in (maybe even a couple of scoops of vanilla protein powder mixed in as well)

cottage cheese with fresh fruit and nuts

yogurt with fresh fruit

A protein smoothie with fresh fruit

Hope this helps. Enoy!

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