Like carbohydrates, protein-rich foods are also an important part of your sports diet.
You should eat a protein-rich food at each meal. Some soccer players tend to either over- or under-consume protein, depending on their ideas about healthy eating and lifestyle. While it is true that young athletes have an increased need for protein due to the demands of their sports and the fact they are growing, most tend to consume more than they require.
Whereas high-protein eaters may frequently choose cheese omelets, fast food burgers and other meals filled with saturated fats, others bypass these foods in their efforts to eat a low-fat or vegetarian diet. But they neglect to replace beef with beans, or other appropriate substitutes. Or they equate healthy eating with low-cal protein like skinless chicken breast and avoid important carbs and good fats.
To meet your protein requirement, you should consume a protein-rich food with each meal.
Here are some examples of protein-rich foods:
- Canned Tuna
- Chicken Breast
- Peanut Butter
- Kidney Beans
- Greek Yogurt
For more information about protein for soccer players, please refer to Chapter 6. Protein for Muscles in "Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes from the Pros" available at nancyclarkrd.com.
Read more tips like these in "Food Guide for Soccer--Tips & Recipes From the Pros" by Gloria Averbuch and Nancy Clark, RD. The book addresses nutrition questions and concerns of soccer athletes of all ages, and offers almost 50 recipes from players in Women's Professional Soccer. Find the book at NancyClarkRD.com or at Amazon.com.