Before you throw on your gear and head out the door, you need to eat breakfast. Your body is a fuel tank and during the night when you are sleeping you aren’t refueling. When you wake up in the morning your fuel is only about half full. If a car only had a half tank of fuel, you wouldn’t expect it to run all day. With this notion, you need to eat something in the morning to jump start your metabolism. Try eating a banana, a granola bar, or even some oatmeal, all of these will help energize your brain and muscles.
Take Along a Snack
If you eat some carbohydrates, like bread, pasta, or fruit, and a small amount of protein, like meat nuts, or dairy, you can help minimize any damage your muscles may take from snowboarding. Avoid paying for overpriced snacks by taking a few snacks with you in you jacket’s pocket. One thing that you will want to avoid is buying snack bars that have more than 10 gram of proteins. These protein bars will often freeze and won’t digest as easily. Easy snacks that you can take along with you include Odwalla bars, Nature Vally granola bars, or trail mix.
Lunch is a Must
After you spend the majority of the morning shredding the slopes, you body needs a physical break as well as a food break. As tempting as it may be, don’t eat any fried foods or burgers. These kinds of heavy foods will make you feel sluggish throughout the day. You need to have a balance of carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. Some great lunch options are a grilled turkey or chicken sandwich on wheat roll, or pasta with bread, a side salad, and bread, or chicken noodle soup with bread.
After a long day of snowboarding, you may want to just relax and veg out on the couch, but it’s important to have a meal that is nutritious. Depending on what you will eat at dinner, they will help decrease soreness and improve your performance.
Your dinner should be similar to what you had for lunch and include foods from the following food groups; carbohydrates, protein, fruit or vegetable, and healthy fats.