Diet of Basketball

Breakfast

It’s a losing battle to expect student-athletes to have the time or desire to eat five cage-free whole eggs and a cup of oatmeal every morning. They crave something tastier, faster and easier to eat. So I would assign pancakes or a bagel with grass-fed butter and a protein shake mixed with chocolate milk.

Lunch

Skip the greasy cafeteria food like stale boxed pizza and oily French fries. Taking a page out of Tim Ferriss’s book, at the beginning of the week, my athletes cook up grass-fed ground beef to mix with batches of macaroni & cheese. From there, it’s easy to portion it out into containers for lunches during the rest of the week.

Snacks

Another mandatory for my athletes is to pack two to four peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to snack throughout the day. If you’re allergic to nuts, try a nut-free substitute like SunButter or pack grass-fed butter and banana sandwiches. These are extremely easy to make, store, won’t spoil and taste good while providing the extra calories you’re after.

Another daily snack: cold filtered whey protein powder (in shaker bottles) and a jar of raw peanut butter. Between or during classes and before practice or games, I instruct the athletes to mix up their protein with two to three tablespoons of peanut butter.

Dinner

This is even easier. For dinner, simply eat whatever your family is making or having. If you have to fend for yourself, cook up something healthy or have more beef/mac & cheese combo. If you’re still hungry before bed, have a large glass of grass-fed whole milk and a few more tablespoons of nut butter or nut butter substitute.