You want a balanced diet with plenty of carbs. When I was in my early 20s, I learned that I was an ectomorph, which means I burn a ton of calories because of my metabolism. Since carbs give me energy, I eat more of those—like sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, and oatmeal—than I eat protein. That balance can be hard because of all the practice time with my team and playing on my own.
I really recommend sweet potatoes. I hated them growing up, but now I can’t live without this superfood. If I have two sweet potatoes, I’ll also have two chicken breasts.
Another one of my all-time favorites is my breakfast smoothie, which I have on days when I do legs and back. It’s a blend of almond milk, pomegranate juice, blueberries, banana, and peanut butter powder (as well as a few other secret ingredients).
It adds up to about 1,000 calories, but it definitely gives me the push I need for the day.
Michael “Flamesword” Chaves is OpTic Gaming’s Halo master and resident gym rat, and a columnist for Men’s Fitness. Follow him on Twitter.
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