Healthy diet for golfers: recipes from Tuscany

Healthy eating before and during a round of golf may be just what you need to take your game to a new level. Nutrition experts recommend keeping one thing in mind when eating any meal: go for a variety of colors! In fact, if your plate is made up of foods having the same hue, your nutritional balance is probably off. Nature has found a clever way of highlighting nutrients with different colors in the foods they are in.

And few cuisines feature a variety of colors and fresh vegetables, whole grains, fish and fruits like the Mediterranean diet, which was recognized by the UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Here are some healthy Tuscan dishes recommended for golfers by IGolfItaly!

Gamberoni (large prawns) with tomato, rice, spinach and egg
Pan-fry garlic in some Tuscan olive oil, add the peeled prawns with parsley and peperoncino dipped in white wine; add the tomato and let cook for 5 minutes. Place on a plate and garnish with rice topped by a hard-boiled egg yolk, and with cooked spinach with a hard-boiled egg albumen. Your plate with look like a three-colored green (like Italy’s ‘tricolore’ flag)!

Tagliata di pollo (chicken salad)
Cut the chicken into small pieces, grill it and dress it with some quality Balsamic vinegar. Place it on a plate with fresh green salad, arugula, tomatoes and carrots, and add a bit of extra virgin olive oil.

Caldaro (fish soup)
This traditional fish soup from southern Tuscany is ideal before some winter golfing. It is prepared with a number of fish varieties, including paranza prawns, octopus, cuttlefish, weeverfish, tub gurnard, gronco and fresh mussel. Other ingredients include Ansonica white wine from Maremma, tomatoes, stale bread and extra virgin olive oil.

Panzanella
This is a fresh dish, ideal for spring and summer. It includes stale bread, red onion, sliced raw tomato and basil, all of which are seasoned with Tuscan olive oil, vinegar and salt. The bread is traditionally dipped in water, then squeezed and chopped into small pieces, before being mixed with the other ingredients.

The delicious taste of these recipes derives largely from using quality local products from the Maremma Tuscany. So, even though you might want to try to prepare them at home before a round of golf, you should consider trying the real thing in Tuscany!

IGolfItaly can organize golf travel experiences that include gourmet activities, such as wine and local products’ tastings, cooking classes and market tours – authentic experiences guaranteed by our partner Italian Special Occasions, specialized in customized events planning.

What is your idea of a healthy diet for golfers?

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