Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Nook: Fueling Young Athletes

Most students, at some point, will play sports, whether it's on school teams, rec leagues, or something more serious. Nutrition is always important for young kids, but it can be even more important during athletic seasons, for those who compete at any level.

I recently got to review Fueling Young Athletes, a book that gives parents the tools they need to make sure their kids have optimal nutrition to fuel their growing bodies and their physical activities. It looks at healthy snacks, improving eating habits, fitting food preferences into a healthy diet, and making meals and snacks that are both convenient and appetizing.

It also looks at some challenge that come up, particularly at higher levels - late-night practices, away games and travel leagues, rigid or inconvenient mealtimes. It provides real answers to the questions of weight management, and supplementation.

A lot of the information was stuff I already knew, but there were still a lot of helpful tips and confirmation that I was on the right track. What I found most helpful were the recipes for smoothies and sports drinks - I love making my own instead of wondering what's in the prepackaged stuff, and they can be a very convenient way to make sure your young athlete gets an extra boost of nutrition.

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