There is a lot more to eating for sports than chowing down on carbs or chugging sports drinks. The good news is that eating to reach your peak performance level doesn't generally require a special diet or supplements. It is all about working the right foods into your fitness plan in the right amounts.
Half time foods
- Sport is a fun, social time where healthy food and drinks can easily be promoted. On the sporting ground it is a common myth that lollies are a better snack choice than fruit to increase players’ performance. This is not true and does not support or encourage players to choose healthy food and drinks.
- If having a snack during one of the breaks of your game, fruit is the ideal choice. Choose fresh chopped fruit like oranges, apples, watermelon and bananas, these fruits are great sources of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and will not cause cramping.
Don’t forget you need to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day (one serve is roughly a handful of fruit or veg). Eating plenty of fruit and vegies not only contributes to good health, but also protects against a number of diseases and helps maintain a healthy weight.
Links & References:
Kids Health – a guide to eating for sports http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/eatnrun.html?WT.ac=ctg#catnutrition
Kids Health – healthy recipes http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/recipes/#cattobacco
Good Sports – Eating and Drink for Junior Sports http://goodsports.com.au/-Eating-Fluids-Junior-Sport-Factsheet.pdf
Good Sports - http://goodsports.com.au/
Go for 2 and 5 - www.gofor2and5.com.au