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How Do We Know What Snacks to Feed Our Young Athletes?

September 19, 2017 / by Jessie Goltz

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Now that the kids are back to school it is time to talk about the daily dilemma… school lunches and snacks during sports sessions. There are so many choices: homemade, school provided, bought, pre packaged, delivered, organic, or even forgotten and left on the counter.

This is the daily dilemma for all school age parents. Each parent, doctor, psychologist, author, teacher, coach, and swim instructor has their own idea on what would make a perfect school lunch and snack.

So how do we weed through all the information we are given? How do we choose between Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Fats, and Dairy? How do we guarantee that our kids are eating what they need to become better athletes?

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The answer is simple: Do what you need to do for your family! The thing is, you know your child best. Every family has their own requirements and needs. So, if you know that your ten-year-old only wants sandwiches but does not like it when the meat touches the cheese: Make it. If you know that the three-year-old will eat crackers and cheese every day: Buy it. The neighbor kid next door only eats raw veggies: Do it. Do stay within your comfort zone, stay healthy, but do what is best for you and your family in your own way. No one else can tell you what is best for your family.

That being said I am going to grab a handful of carrots cut into tiny vertical skinny strips, some chewy granola bars, and feed my family what is best for them while waiting for swim lessons. I do not feel guilty at all. I am confident that I know my family best, and I am providing what is best for them.

It's important to have a nutritionally diverse and healthy diet for swimmers, parents, and children alike! Remember to stay away from excess sugars, fats, and processed foods. Most importantly however, your athlete needs access to calories and nutrients relative to their activity level to help them grow big and strong, but it only is effective if the food is actually eaten! You know your family's tastes! Happy Eating!

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