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Best Pre-Match Meals – What to Eat Before Competitive Sport

Best Pre-Match Meals – What to Eat Before Competitive Sport

As we go back into the 6 Nations weekend, Quorn nutrition expert Matt Lovell shares his tips on the best pre-match meals to eat to guarantee optimum energy for those must-win games. Make sure you practice these meals in training before a big competition.

The specialist sports nutritionist, who works with the world’s leading athletes including Mo Farah and top sport teams such as Tottenham, Manchester City and the RFU gives us his advice on how to put protein into practice.

Meals for match success

EARLY MORNING TITLE DECIDER

THE MEAL: Oats, banana and honey 

Banana and honey produce the natural tranquiliser serotonin – a chemical to make you sleepy. This will deplete your stress hormones. The slow-release carbs in the oats will restore your energy levels, giving you the fuel to bust a gut in the big game.

CRUCIAL RELEGATION BATTLE

THE MEAL: Duck, miso and lettuce soba noodle soup, noodles, romaine lettuce

Serotonin-rich duck will ease pre–match anxieties and lettuce contains opiates which naturally mimic the body’s own painkillers to calm nerves and muscles. Soba noodles have carbs and protein for energy stores. Miso seasoning will aid hydration by up to 25 per cent. 

THE BIG CUP FINAL

THE MEAL: Chilli con Quorn

Chilli increases catecholamines – the fight or flight hormone – which will make you stand up and be counted when it matters. Dopamine – the get up and go brain hormone – in kidney beans will keep you pushing until the final whistle and the high protein content in Quorn will give you the slow release energy you’ll need, to keep you powering through the game.