The best (sports) nutrition for winter sports!
It's actually quite crazy: during all our bike rides or while running, we take sports nutrition, but on the slopes when we are working out for a whole day, we are not so much concerned with this. But even during winter sports it is important to keep eating well. That's why we've got some nutrition tips below to help you get the most out of your winter sports!
It starts with a good breakfast!
During breakfast, you start preparing for the slopes or process the après ski from the night before. At breakfast, make sure you eat something that is filling and contains extra carbohydrates. For example, choose oatmeal porridge, this contains a lot of carbohydrates fiber and some protein. It is also wise to accumulate extra minerals (electrolytes), drink 500ml of isotonic sports drink for example. On the slopes you often forget to drink, but because of the cold you still lose a lot of fluids through breathing. Therefore, it is important to stock up on enough minerals and fluids. If you enjoyed a lot of après ski the night before, take 750ml of isotonic sports drink with breakfast or maybe even before going to bed (anti-hangover tip!).
But you also need to keep replenishing on the slopes.
On the slopes, you often don't drink or eat anything for several hours but consume a lot of energy. That's why take our endurance bar with you. These contain a lot of carbohydrates, are packed small and they don't freeze! You can eat the bar in between in the ski elevator or at the top of the mountain in the sun, when you look out on the slopes you will be taming next. Optionally, you can also choose to take some drinks with you. We have special 330ml water bottles that fit easily into your pocket. If you fill these with Isotonic sports drink, the drink will also freeze less quickly and you will immediately get some extra minerals and carbohydrates.
If you stop in between for lunch choose an easily digestible meal with carbohydrates and some protein. Typical winter sports dishes that are easy to digest are Kaiserschmarrn, Croque Monsieur, Swiss Alpenmacorini, Rösti and Tiroler Gröstl. Responsible feasting in other words!
Is it noon and you're going down the slopes, think about what you're going to do next.
If you just had a nice day on the slopes, make sure you get the right nutrition first. First top up on carbohydrates, protein and minerals, then Jägermeister! Take our recovery drink, for example. This contains protein carbohydrates and minerals. If you then go to après ski, it is best to start with a Radler. If you drink more than 3% alcohol per liter, your body will have trouble retaining fluids and you will urinate more. This causes your body to recover less well. What you can also do is take our magnesium electolyte shot, as this ensures that you retain more minerals and absorb the fluids better.
After a long day on the slopes, you are ready for a good night's sleep. Night is the time for your muscles to recover properly. To give your body an extra helping hand it is best to take some extra protein before going to bed. Choose for instance cottage cheese, which contains a lot of slowly absorbable proteins. Because of the slow absorption of these proteins, you will continue to absorb them throughout the night. This improves muscle recovery the best. If you had a fun night at the bar and drank a little extra, take a magnesium electolyte shot in addition to the cottage cheese to prevent a hangover! That way you will be strong again the next morning on the slopes!
Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy the vacations even more!