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Monday 25th February 2019
Eat Better, Win Bigger: 10 Great Foods to Try While Playing Online

Gaming is not only a pastime, but also a serious job for those who take it up professionally. Snacking is an important part of gaming, as it keeps the gamer alert and makes the experience more enjoyable. Conventional snacks such as burgers and wafers don’t cut it anymore, as they add unwanted inches to the waistline and slow the brain down. Thus, it is best to opt for healthy snacks that not only keep gamers alert, but also make them win big!

We did all the hard, so you don’t have to, by listing out 10 great foods to try out while playing online games. So, let’s not waste any more time and dive right in!

1. Carrot/beetroot sticks

Gorging on carrot and beetroot sticks might sound like a Paleo man’s idea of snacking, but you will be surprised to know just how beneficial this snack can be for gamers! All you have to do is chop them into bite sized sticks and whip up some yogurt to dip them in. Goodbye tired eyes and hello better vision! Carrots contain vitamin A, which enhances vision and makes you see better. Beetroots to boost eye health and protect them from age related diseases. Feel free to replace either with celery sticks.

2. Mixed nuts

Be it almonds, hazelnuts or cashews, nuts are loaded with nutrients that are not just good for your brain but also your heart. They contain omega 3 fatty acids that are essential to keep the mind alert. Walnuts to pack in a healthy punch and can be toasted to release their goodness. Make it a point to load up two to three boxes with mixed nuts and pour them into small bowls that let you grab a handful between playing your favourite games.

3. Sunflower Seeds

No, there is no need to rub your eyes, as you read that right! Sunflower seeds not only make for great snacking choices, but also one of the healthiest options for gamers! Packed with multivitamins, including B1 and E along with minerals such as phosphorus and selenium, sunflower seeds make for delightful, crunchy snacks. Although the calorie content in these seeds is a little high, they provide lots of nutrients to counterbalance your weight gain. Toast them lightly to release their goodness and store them in airtight containers.

4. Tuna sandwich

Whether you love playing on or prefer taking friends down in PUBG, a tuna sandwich is sure to help you put in your best efforts! A great replacement for burgers, tuna sandwiches are packed with nutrition. Tuna contains omega 3 fatty acids that keep the brain sharp and your eyes in good shape. Grab a couple of slices of whole wheat bread and slather over some mayo and mustard before placing fresh tuna in between and taking a big bite! Make sure you opt for low-fat mayo and organic tuna.

5. Grapes

When it comes to snacking options, nothing beats fresh grapes-taken straight from the freezer! These bite sized treats not only taste amazing, but also impart a slew of health benefits! The antioxidant content ensures you remain alert and active while gaming and smack your lips every time you taste a sour punch. These tiny green globules are a great replacement for sour candies and a much healthier choice too! Add a bunch of grapes to a Ziploc bag and place in the freezer overnight. If you cannot find green grapes then choose red or black ones.

6. Avocados

Throw away your bag of potato chips and grab an avocado! They are rich in fiber and vitamin C. Avocados might seem bland, but with the right amount of seasoning they can taste amazing and set your taste buds tingling. Sprinkle some pepper and black salt over your avocado along with a squeeze of lime and you are set to enjoy a delectable, healthy snack!

7. Eggs

Be it eggs benedict you love or devilled eggs you crave, eggs make for a great snacking choice. Who doesn’t love boiled eggs and they are so easy to make! Boil a large batch of eggs and drizzle a generous serving of hot sauce over the yellow and serve them up on a plate full of lettuce leaves. If you are up for it, then beat up a few eggs and toss in some mushrooms and bell peppers to make a delicious, healthy omelet. Sprinkle a generous dose of cilantro on top and you are good to go!

8. Dark chocolate

This might come in as a surprise, since most people do not associate chocolates with good health. But dark chocolate is not the same as regular chocolate and has a lot more nutritional value attached to it. Right from keeping your mind sharp to your body happy, dark chocolate will make sure you have an amazing time gaming and satisfying your cravings. Ensure that you get good quality dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa. Avoid the ones that come with lots of sugar as they can end up being too calorific.

9. Mug soup

Soup in a mug is a novel idea and also a tasty, nutritious snack! You are free to customize the soup to your liking and add in the ingredients you love!

From vegetables such as corn, mushrooms and tomatoes to meats such as chicken and turkey, you can add in pretty much anything you like! Just make sure you steer clear of ready to drink soups as they can contain refined sugar. Make a bowl full of soup and serve yourself a cup full between each gaming session.

10. Green apple

Loaded with dietary fiber and healthy nutrients, green apples are a must if you want to game like a ninja! Cut them into wedges and arrange on a plate next to some whipped cream. Dip them generously and gorge on them, between games, to increase your output and please your taste buds! If you cannot find green apples, then settle for juice, plump red ones. Don’t forget to keep their skin on!

A little effort, the previous day, can go a long way in making sure you have a plateful of healthy snacks waiting for you the next day. If you have your snacks prepared in advance, all you have to do is pour them out into bowls and grab a handful at a time, while gaming!

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