Keeping your athlete performing at their best on gameday

Keeping your athlete performing at their best involves not only a lot of practice but also the right nutrition at the right time.

Kids need different foods at different times so plan your gameday appropriately. Follow your team’s snack policy if they have one and prepare meals and snacks ahead of time.

It’s best to avoid fatty foods because it slows digestion. Keep the sugary drinks and candy away from your athlete on gameday.


Pre-game snacks:

Whole-grain bread, crackers, tortillas, or pretzels
Cereal (as long as it’s not high in sugar)
Enriched pasta or brown rice
Plain popcorn
Low-fat cheese, milk, yogurt, or pudding
Turkey, chicken, tofu
Apples, bananas, pears, oranges
Carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumbers

 

Half-time snacks:

With so many games played around dinner time, they may need a quick snack. Try fresh fruit, it’s quick and contains water for hydration.

During a game, it’s most important to stay hydrated, so keep the water flowing.

Bananas
Orange slices
Clementines
Grapes
Slices or chunks of melon
Apple or pear wedges
Berries

 

Post-Game Snacks:

When the game is all said and done, hydration will be in order. Water, milk, and sports drinks that have electrolytes will do the trick.

Fresh fruit A
Applesauce
Frozen fruits
Dried fruit
Fruit-flavored gelatin
Granola bars
Cookies, fig bars, oatmeal cookies, animal crackers
Bagels with peanut butter
Yogurt
Pudding
String cheese
Popcorn
Pretzels
Baked chips
Muffins
Trail mix

 

There you have it, a game day snack plan that will keep your athlete performing at heir best. Visit WAASopts.org to sign your kids up for a summer or fall program.

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