Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Nutrition Tips for Your Young Athletes

Active.com delivers a great refresher article on Nutrition and Hydration tips for Young Athletes.

Courtesy of Active.com

Encouraging kids to eat healthy is important, but proper nutrition is even more essential for young athletes.

Athletes should build balanced plates," says Katie Jeffrey, MS, RD, CSSD, a registered dietitian, in Stonington, Connecticut. "About 50 to 60 percent of their plate should be composed of carbohydrates such as whole-wheat pasta, bread, quinoa, brown rice or a sweet or baked potato. Twenty-five to 30 percent of the plate should be non-starchy vegetables such as lettuce, greens, cabbage, broccoli and carrots. The remaining 15 to 20 percent should be filled with lean protein such as chicken, turkey, eggs, beans, tofu, nuts, seeds or lean cuts of red meat or pork."

The article goes on to cover:
Pre-Game Meals
Pre-Practice Lunch
Post-Game Meals
Hydration for Young Athletes
Between Game Snacks

To read the full article, click here.

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