Pack Your Plate Using Eating Tips From Paul Pierce

February 28, 2011

Must See Nutrition Videos


Boston Celtics stalwart Paul Pierce has a foundation, The Truth on Health, which is dedicated to empowering young people to lead healthy, active lifestyles. As young athletes, you don’t need to be told to be active, but if you’re not eating properly, it will take a toll on your ability to perform optimally.

Below are some easy fueling tips from Pierce. Keep them in mind throughout the day—for at home and eating out.

Be Aware of Preparation
Basic preparation is better. Paul recommends asking for your meat or fish to be grilled instead of fried or seared, and for veggies to be steamed instead of roasted or sauteed. He also suggests ordering sauce on the side, allowing you to control the amount you pour on your salad or entree.

Brown Instead of White
Whole grains, such as brown rice, provide complex carbohydrates, are more nutrient dense and fill you up better than their white counterparts. Whenever you have the option to substitute whole grains for white bread or rice, make the easy switch.

Fruit for Dessert
Opt for fresh fruit or sorbet for dessert. Fruit is a great option—nutritious, full of fiber and, with its natural sugars, satisfying to your sweet tooth.

For a pre-game meal, Pierce fuels up with grilled salmon, baked potato and broccoli. Packing your plate with veggies keeps the calorie count under control and provides important nutrients that empower performance.

Quiz time: should your pre-game plate look more like A or B?

The correct answer is B. Notice how the vegetables fill about half the plate. The other half is divided into two equal portions, one with a lean protein, the other with a whole-grain or starchy vegetable.


Maddy Lucier
- As an associate editor for STACK, Maddy creates lifestyle, social media, gear and nutrition content for our audience of athletes. She played volleyball and basketball...
Maddy Lucier
- As an associate editor for STACK, Maddy creates lifestyle, social media, gear and nutrition content for our audience of athletes. She played volleyball and basketball...
Must See
Abby Wambach Will Do Whatever It Takes
Views: 4,378,561
Peyton Manning Dumbbell Bench With 80+ Pounds
Views: 36,976,813
Dwyane Wade Leads by Example
Views: 6,431,795

Featured Videos

A Day in the Life of NBA D-League Star Seth Curry Views: 66,647
Kevin Love's Cone Hop Basketball Shooting Drill Views: 5,931
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Views: 124,090
Load More


STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers


Latest issues of STACK Magazine


Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice


Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes


Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Perfect Dwyane Wade's Signature Euro Step
Views: 1,308,654
What Ryan Hall Eats for Breakfast
Views: 795,206
STACK Fitness Weekly: How To Do a Muscle-Up
Views: 778,612
Greg Nixon's Hill Training Program
Views: 705,718
Roy Hibbert 540 lbs Deadlift
Views: 1,559,831

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

The Boston Cannons'

How to Eat Organic Without Breaking the Bank

4 'Bad Foods' That Might be Good for You

5 Ways Junk Food Can Mess With Your Head

5 Non-Boring Ways To Eat Chicken

5 'Good Foods' That Might Be Bad for You

Why You Should Always Say No to Diet Foods

5 Nutritional Power Combos for Athletes

STUDY: Eat More Fruits and Veggies, Live (Almost) Forever

5 Simple Food Swaps That Make Eating Out Healthier

Vegetarian Athlete Tips: Olympic Swimmer Kate Ziegler

9 Athlete-Approved Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Healthy Eating at Restaurants: Decoding a Diner Menu

Are You Eating Too Much Protein?

How Undereating Can Make You Gain Weight

5 Protein-Packed Recovery Shakes

Why You Need Dietary Fiber

The Grain Guide: How and Why to Use 8 Healthy Whole Grains

3 Fruits and 3 Vegetables Athletes Must Eat

Terrible Toppings: The 5 Worst Things We Put on Food

Salad Showdown: Which Greens Are the Healthiest?

The 6 Worst Foods for Athletes

12 Foods Every Athlete Should Eat

5 Delicious Ways to Make Junk Food Less Junky

5 'Healthy' Side Dishes That Are Worse Than French Fries

10 Athlete-Approved, High-Protein Healthy Cereals

The Case for Red Meat

5 Foods That Are Stunningly High in Sodium

The Cheat Meal Day: Why It's Not So Smart

7 Foods That Are Ruining Your Workouts

Load Up on These Foods at Your Backyard Barbecue

The Healthiest (And Unhealthiest) Ways to Eat Chicken

How Marc Gasol Got Better by Overhauling His Diet

5 Healthy Foods That Got a Bad Rap

You Should Eat the Peel of These 12 Fruits and Vegetables

Living Near Fast Food Could Increase Your Odds of Obesity

Where the Paleo Diet Falls Short

11 Food Services That Deliver Ready-Made Nutritious Meals

Healthy Makeovers for 3 Classic Meals

Fuel Up Fast With 4 Smoothies From the New York Giants

Healthy (and Unhealthy) BBQ Ideas For Athletes

Spice Up Your Healthy Cooking With These Lively Combos

Small Change, Big Difference: 5 Foods You Should Buy Organic

6 Eating Mistakes That Undo Your Workouts

How Friends and Family Affect Your Food Choices

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Does It Really Matter?

6 Healthy Foods You're Overeating

The Best Foods for Digestive Health

A Sneaky Food Additive Athletes Should Avoid