SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's no question that athletes have to eat right to be at the top of their game, but for young athletes living on their own for the first time, learning how to prepare healthy meals can be a challenge.
The Portland Pirates took a break from the ice Tuesday night to spend some quality time in the kitchen. Many of the players are living on their own for the first time, so they need a little help when it comes to preparing the right foods.
Teachers and students from Southern Maine Community College's culinary program showed the players a few recipes in a four hour workplace training course.
Pirates Right Wing Jordan Szwarz says it was a helpful lesson for the team.
"Obviously it's pretty easy to go out and take the easy way and get the fast food," Szwarz said. "But I think when it comes down to it we need to get the good stuff in us so we can play at the best of our ability. We've really got to stay on top of that stuff."
The Pirates play their next game this Friday at home against Worcester.