The Top 10 Foods For Goalkeepers
It’s no longer enough for goalkeepers to be superb shot-stoppers – they must be just as good all round athletes as their outfield teammates.
But there are some essential differences in the role between the sticks that makes for a unique nutritional challenge.
Goalies must have razor-quick reflexes to save sure-fire goals, they must have the strength to combat aggressive strikers in the air and fall to the oncoming attackers feet on the ground, and they need smooth cognitive skills to select the right pass to their defenders.
All in all, quite a job!
In choosing the Top 10 foods for goalkeepers, I’ve taken all these requirements into account to help boost the mind and body for players to be in optimum condition for this demanding position.
My Top 10 foods for goalkeepers are:
1) Boost PROTEIN
- Meats like chicken, turkey, beef. Always organic, preferably grass-fed, and eggs – boiled, poached, omelets or scrambled with fresh greens, tomatoes. To improve brain function for quick responses and build bones, muscles and cartilage to stay strong on corners and free kicks.
- Almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia. Best soaked and salted. To feed the brain with healthy fats for those snap decisions.
3) COCONUT WATER
- For potassium and hydration. To plump up your cells and pack crucial power into those big saves.
4) Fresh GRANOLA bars
- Ideally home-made with toasted oats, seeds, and nuts. Use coconut oil, figs or honey instead of canola oil to bind. To maximize concentration through the entire game with the slow release of fuel.
5) Protein GRAINS
- Quinoa, wild rice, buckwheat. To provide energy.
- Full of nitric oxide. To help transmit and process information between the nerve cells and the brain, helping sharpen reflexes. Also helps with endurance and strength.
- Full of nitric oxide and antioxidants. Ditto to Beets.
- 20 different vitamins and minerals plus healthy fats. To keep calm when under attack! Packed with potassium to naturally lower blood pressure.
- Or sardines, mackerel. Packed with vitamin B, omega 3s, selenium, taurine. To keep your nerve under pressure - a dopamine rich food that packs a “positive” punch.
10) Power SMOOTHIE
- Raw greens, spinach, kale, add lemon juice to lightly ferment plus choose from a combination of apple, ginger, parsley, beets, berries whey protein powder. To maintain a clean, effective and fluid performance.
About the Author:
Michelle Gardner is a Clinical Nutritionist residing in Laguna Beach, California. For more information, you can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (949) 633-9032.