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How to eat like the G-Braves

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Looking for something good --- and healthy --  to eat for your next trip to the ballpark?  Never fear.  The Gwinnett Braves have plenty of suggestions for how you can enjoy a fun night out at the ball game and not go overboard! 

We sent Good Day's resident food taster, Paul Milliken, to CoolRay Field to sample their pre and post-game meal ideas.  And just like Mikey... he likes it!


Here are the meal ideas we got from the G-Braves:

Pre Game:
An optimal pre game meal should be served 3-4 hours prior to competition. If game time is just 2 hours away, a mini-meal can be provided. The pre game meal should contain plenty of fluids, be higher in carbohydrate, contain lean sources of protein and also be low fat.

Pre Game Spread:
Watermelon/bowl of fresh fruit
Bowl of salted pretzels
yellow rice on the side

Panko Crusted Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded or pressed to approximately ¼ - ½ inch thickness
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ cup whole wheat panko style bread crumbs
1 tsp Italian spice mix or plain oregano
grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Place chicken between wax paper and either press or pound until ¼ - ½ inch thick. Brush chicken with lemon juice. Mix bread crumbs, Italian seasoning (or plain oregano) and Parmesan cheese together and spread out on a plate. Place chicken on bread crumb mix to coat and flip over to coat completely. Add oil to nonstick skillet and turn burner on medium heat. Add chicken breasts and cook 3-5 minutes per side until cooked throughout and no longer pink inside.

Post Game:
Ideally players should consume fluids right away in addition to carbohydrate and protein to quickly re-hydrate, fill up glycogen stores (storage form of carbohydrate) and build/repair muscle. If an athlete waits an extended period of time (more than 30-45 minutes) they will not restore their fuel tank as well (glycogen in muscle). Muscle is like a sponge that soaks up carbohydrate after exercise. Wait and the muscle tissue's ability to soak up glycogen declines. In addition, timing is also important with protein. Protein is more effective at building and repairing muscle tissue when given immediately post exercise.

This is an opportunity for us to give them nutrient-dense food and provide foods they may not cook at home.

Bulgar Salad
1 cup uncooked bulgar
1 cup boiling water
2-3 Tbsp light color balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup or more chopped cucumber
1 cup chopped parsley
½ cup chopped green onion
pine nuts
black pepper to taste

Combine bulgar and boiling water, cover and let sit for one hour. Add the rest of the ingredients stirring after each one.

Grilled Salmon
Lemons, sliced thinly
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F (or grill). Place aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Add salmon, top with thinly sliced lemons and cook for 15 minutes or until fish is flakey and cooked throughout.

Mixed Green Salad
Mixed green salad mix
Chopped Brazil nuts
Sliced red bell pepper

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