With soccer season upon us in the US, there’s never been a better time to celebrate Italian culture and heritage with your junior league team than right now. If enjoying the best Italian food on the Front Range isn’t enough of a reason to come down to Pinocchio’s Italian Eatery in Brighton, CO, here’s a few things you might not know about sports and healthy mediterranean cuisine.
Don’t Shy Away From Carbs
As soccer is a high energy sport, it’s critical to eat enough carbohydrates as they are one of the simplest types of food energies you can eat. From the moment they hit your system, your body will have a quick burst speed and strength at its disposal. When an athlete is out on the field, these fast-access energy reserves are essential for delivering optimum performance. As beneficial as they are, not all carbohydrates are created equal. Sugary snacks and junk food have lots of carbohydrates, but are very low in nutritional value. On the positive side of the carb spectrum, pasta is loaded with the best type of carbohydrates for athletes to give them a quick release of energy that young athletes need to be their best.
Essentials for Muscle Regeneration
Our muscles are made of protein. High intensity sports like soccer generate a huge amount of wear and tear on our muscles and create tiny micro-tears in every part of the body used during exercise. This is also true for vulnerable joints like knees, heels, and shoulders. Only by getting plenty of sleep and eating sufficient protein can young athletes repair these tears overnight. Every time the body fixes itself in this cycle, muscles grow a little stronger. Chicken and steak dishes are loaded with protein and will help your soccer players and other young athletes recover quickly so they’ll be ready for the next game.
Keeping Italian Food Healthy for the Whole Family
It may seem obvious, but getting enough calories is absolutely essential for athletes, especially young athletes. Young people are already burning through a lot of calories every day just growing up. So no matter what sport your kids are into, make certain that they are well fed. Keeping wholesome Italian snacks like caprese salad, grilled veggies, or olives around your home is a good way to encourage healthy eating habits. Of course, at Pinocchio’s, no one ever leaves hungry so if you find yourself short on time, but want to make sure your young athletes are getting enough to eat, drop by any time.
So before the big game, or to celebrate an important win, come into Pinocchio’s and huddle up over the best Italian food in and around Brighton. Treat your players to the nutrition they deserve in a comfortable atmosphere. Nothing goes with soccer like Italian food and nothing says Italian food like Pinocchio’s. We hope to see you and your whole team at our tables soon!