Nutritionist Page Love breaks down the food you need to be eating before, during and after matches. She picked up a lot of healthy options at a location athletes pass through often, the airport.

Fig newtons, Cliff bars, Natural Valley granola bars and pretzels all work great before matches. While Gatorade can be drank before, after and during your games. After a match, you want to keep drinking, and within the first 30 minutes you’ll need protein. An easy and popular recovery drink is chocolate milk, or even a tomato juice-based drink if you sweat a lot.

Within one or two hours, you’ll need food like protein-loaded energy bars and then complex food sources like pasta.


Page Love, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, is a sports nutrition expert and former NCAA tennis player at Baylor University.