For a game or practice schedule for 6 p.m., your eating plan for the day should stay simple and consistent.
Starting at about 7 a.m., breakfast with protein (eggs, ham, skim milk) carbohydrates (oatmeal, pancakes, french toast) and fat (peanut butter, 2-percent milk). A mid-morning snack of a Power or Balance bar, and water or milk. At noon, a lunch of a meat sandwich, with lettuce and tomato, fruit juice, carrot sticks and some low-fat yogurt. A real “pre-game” meal should consist of something that is a favorite, game or practice day is not a good day for trying a new food, or experimentation. You do not want any unpleasant surprises with your stomach in the middle of a game! A light snack before the game could be yogurt, bars, chocolate milk, or fruit. It is not a good idea to hit the ice feeling stuffed. You should feel a little bit hungry, but not “starve.”