Just like adults, it’s important that kids eat before being active. And, just like adults, it’s also important that they eat something that is nutrient rich to fuel their activity, rather than consuming empty calories. We know that getting kids to eat healthy options may be easier said than done, especially in the pre-game rush to the arena, so we’ve compiled a list of our top healthy suggestions to satisfy your kids appetites and nutritional needs.
What kid doesn’t like peanut butter?! This favourite snack is energy rich and packed full of protein. If your child has nut allergies you can easily substitute peanut butter for another nut butter such as almond, hazelnut, cashew or soy. 'Ants on a Log' and 'Banana Nut Sushi' are especially fun ways to prepare this ingredient - see our recipe suggestions below. The banana and nut combination is particularly powerful, as the potassium in the banana provides helps prevent muscle cramps.
Cheese gets a bad rap these days for it’s high calorie count, but it’s actually a great source of calcium, protein and energy. While too much of a good thing is, well, never a good thing, cheese is a great choice in moderation. Added bonus: It’s also not a hard sell for most kiddos.
Here is a great nutritional guideline to keep in mind next time you’re prepping your little ones for practice. http://www.nomeatathlete.com/vegetarian-sports-nutrition-kids/