Any sportsperson requires a specific set of nutrients to play a game and it is no different for golfers.
The game can be pretty stressful and tiring and it is required for a golfer to stay well nourished and well fed during the course of the game. At the same time, it is also important that they eat the right food before and during the game and avoid foods that can affect their game.
Here are list of the foods golfers must eat and also the ones they must avoid in order to be able play a perfect game of golf:
Foods to eat
Breakfast Before A Game Of Golf
A healthy and a nutritious breakfast two hours before the game is what will determine your performance at the golf course. The right breakfast must include a generous helping of proteins, fibres and carbohydrates. The foods that facilitate the same would be:
Muesli or cereal with Bananas
This is a prudent option, for muesli is low in calories, high in fiber and whole grains, and the addition of bananas and milk gives for a breakfast laden with proteins.
Chicken soup with vegetables
A very healthy breakfast option that contains the right amount of nutrients and minerals for you to play an optimal round of golf.
Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich
This is one food that provides healthy unsaturated fats, protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates. It has enough proteins, fiber and carbs to keep your stomach satisfied and also provide enough energy to stay fit during the course of the game.
Snacks While Golfers Are On The Go
During the game, it is advised to have some grubs handy to keep snacking throughout the course of the game. Some recommended snacks to keep in your golf bag that would be healthy and fun at the same time would include:
Sweet Potato chips
Sweet potatoes are fat-free, gluten free, fiber rich, carbs rich and loaded with other nutrients. And having them in the form of chips is a fun snack to gorge on during the game. They have very low starch, raise blood sugar at a very low pace and contain fat soluble vitamins that play a crucial role in eye health- something that is needed to give your best at golf.
Such protein bars can be carried easily in your golf bag and are a quick-fix solution for an energy boost that you will require during the course of the game.
Fruits like bananas and apples and dry fruits like apricots, dates and walnuts are perfect energy foods during a game of golf, for they are extremely easy to carry, are filling and gives you a large amount of energy and proteins required for you to play the game.
Hard Boiled Eggs
We have got to admit, of the best foods for a shot of protein is eggs. Boil them, sprinkle salt and pepper, and carry them in your bag, for they can come handy.
Water All Day
It is imperative that every golfer has to have substantial amounts of water before and during the game in order to stay well hydrated because with long golfing sessions where you are swinging, teeing and putting under the sun, you can easily get dehydrated and that can affect the way you play.
It is thus advised to keep bottles of water handy in order to have a sip every now and then to stay in the game.
Foods and drinks to avoid
Juices, coffee and energy drinks
Such drinks can give a shot of energy and nutrients, but the high amount of caffeine and sugar in the same drinks can only do more than harm than good in the long term and will not quench your thirst the way water would. It is not recommended to have such drinks while golfing.
Doughnuts, burgers and pizzas
Such foods are certainly tempting, but they lack the necessary nutrients, have poor carbohydrates, can affect your blood sugar levels and will only make you more lethargic and eventually affect your performance during the course of the game.
So foods like these are a strict no-no.
Most pastas are never whole wheat pastas and are refined and processed. Such refined pastas lack necessary nutrients, have too many carbohydrates and also have a lot of gluten.
Such pastas are unhealthy and can affect your game performance. It is thus recommended to avoid pastas before golf.
Now that you have a fair idea of what foods to eat, what to avoid, what is healthy and how can it help you stay healthy, you will be able to make better food choices before playing a game