Don’t get fried on the football field this Turkey Bowl season. Fuel up with these quick-fix fall favorites before the game and play your best while saving room for the post-game Thanksgiving feast.
Harvested in the fall and easy to eat before a game, apples keep your blood sugars stable and deliver antioxidants that help inhibit inflammation. Take an apple to go, or microwave sliced apples with cinnamon and top them with plain Greek yogurt.
The most important quality of this orange-root vegetable is its extremely low glycemic index, meaning it’s digested and absorbed slowly for sustained energy throughout the game.
This whole grain option provides complex carbohydrates and B vitamins and is packed with fiber to keep you feeling full throughout the game. Get creative by adding bananas and peanut butter, canned pumpkin with cinnamon and honey, or dried fruit with nuts.
One cup of pumpkin seeds gives you more than your daily-recommended allowance of vitamin A. They are full of antioxidants and fiber, and they’re high in potassium, a nutrient that helps replenish you after the game.
For a complete breakfast offering, check out the pre-game fixings of NFL superstars Adrian Peterson and Luke Kuechly:
Adrian Peterson’s “All Day” Breakfast
- Pancakes, sausage and turkey bacon
Luke Kuechly’s Power-Packed Breakfast
- Egg whites
- Oatmeal with honey and fruit (strawberries, blueberries or banana)
- Toast with peanut butter
- Glass of milk, water or orange juice