Pre Practice Snacks for the Athletes in your Life


​DO YOU HAVE AN ATHLETE IN YOUR HOUSE?

Although it was -11 degrees this morning here in New Hampshire, SPRING SPORTS are just around the corner. Lately, I have been spending quite a bit of time working with young athletes helping educate them on the importance of a healthy diet in regard to their performance on the field, diamond and track.

Rather than placing the emphasis on weight loss or gain, I stress the importance of Performance Based NutritionP – Identifying the foods that help you to feel your best and also help decrease recovery time after a hard workout or competition. It is never too early to start developing healthy eating habits.

WHAT YOU EAT IMPACTS HOW YOU PLAY

Snacks are key in helping athletes make it from lunch until dinner. Practicing on an empty stomach can lead to poor performance, lack of energy, headaches, and lack of focus. I remind the athletes I work with that the one thing they have control over is what they eat.

This can make all the difference and can give them the COMPETITIVE EDGE over the other kids!

Pre-practice/game fuel should be a combination of protein linked with easily digested carbohydrates and minimal fat and fiber. Too much fat will slow you down and fiber can lead to cramping.

PRE-PRACTICE SNACKS

Greek Yogurt and a handful of almonds

Fruit and string cheese

Trail mix (nuts, dried fruit, cereal)

Peanut butter crackers or ½ a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Fig/fruit Newton cookies (very easy to digest)