About a decade ago, the Boston Celtics had a heck of a year: They won 66 games and the NBA title. The secret sauce fueling their victories? Stacks and stacks of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. As legend has it, a teammate mentioned a pregame craving for the popular sammy, and star player Kevin Garnett requested a few. The team played so well that day, it became a pregame ritual—which eventually spread to other NBA teams too.
Sure, the PB&J has a lot going for it, like carbs for energy and protein to repair muscles. But the real lesson here is this: Everything you eat and drink has an impact on your performance, whether you’re trying out for a team or cramming for an exam. So turn the page to learn how to eat your way to NBA levels of greatness this school year!