Provide your child with a snack that is a great source of Vitamin C like oranges, kiwis or grapefruit juice. They should also be working on getting hydrated and filling their body with electrolytes by drinking water and Gatorade.
Hydration is really important for maintaining energy and keeping your child from developing heat exhaustion. Cohen said kids will often try to sneak in a soda or drink only Gatorade during a game because it tastes better than just water. But this can be detrimental to their hydration, especially in the heat of the day. She recommends drinking two waters for every one Gatorade.
It's important to make sure your child gets enough electrolytes. This can be accomplished by drinking Gatorade or pickle juice, or eating foods like bananas.
While fueling your little athlete before and after the game is vital, it is also important to give them healthy, energy-giving foods at regular meals. Dark, leafy greens are an excellent source of iron and other important nutrients. And if your child isn't too excited about eating spinach, you can try making them a salad or offering them broccoli with a little cheese on top.
It is important to have a good caloric balance, especially when participating in high-endurance activities like soccer, running or two-a-day football practices. Cohen said if children are just eating what they eat on a normal basis, it might not be enough to fuel the amount of exercise they are doing.
While the healthiest options aren't always the most popular choice, it is important for kids to get a nutritious snack after participating in an athletic event. Granola bars, fruit snacks and apple slices are a great option for a "team snack."Back To Top