A Hockey World shares that, “Nutrition plays a large part of the team’s training, said Dave Hamilton, lead strength and conditioning coach. “We spend a lot of time training, but if you look at five meals a day,” he said. “I just think, proportionately, it’s a real big part of how well your body’s going to adapt.”
Here are some guidelines that the players follow:
- Players meet with nutritionists to learn about food and are even offered cooking classes that teach them to minimize saturated fat in meats.
- Players eat about every three hours to fuel their bodies during training.
- Players’ meals are usually protein-heavy, with lots of salad, and not a lot of carbs.
- Players’ diets can be personalized.
- Players do commit as a team to no alcohol, desserts, crackers, and cheese.
Here are some food tips:
- Eat lots of salad
- Dine on lean proteins like grilled or sauteed skinless chicken, skinless roasted turkey, and grilled flank steak
- Keep away from high-acid foods such as tomatoes or chili before running workouts.
- Baked chick peas are a great source of protein.
- Stop eating carbs carbs after 6 p.m.
- Limit night snacks to those that are protein-based, such as Greek yogurt, beef jerky, or a protein shake made with whey.
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