It is very important for athletes to have a healthy diet. Their diet will support their ability to maximize their full potential while training and competing. Whether you are cooking or eating out there are a few simple things you can focus on to get great building blocks for your young athlete, that can have a life long impact.
A healthy diet includes good protein like eggs, fish, beans, nuts, turkey & chicken breast, tofu, and yogurt. Broiling or baking your meats is the healthiest way to prepare these highly nutritious proteins. Avoid fried and oily foods to optimize your success.
Some foods high in complex carbs are sweet potatoes, tomatoes, rice, corn, wheat, lentils, and pinto beans to name a few.
Children older than 2 years of age should get about 30% of their daily calories from good fats. Healthy fats, unsaturated fats, are the building blocks of cell membranes, hormones, and brain matter. Excellent examples include nuts, seeds, and avocados as well as some oils like olive oil, flaxseed oil, and canola oil. Limit and all together avoid lethal fats, saturated fats, for optimum health and success. Saturated fats are most commonly found in animal products like beef, lamb, pork, poultry, whole milk, cheese, and butter. Palm and coconut oils are also high in saturated fats.
Stay Away From
Avoid anything high in sugar like candy, soda, cupcakes, etc. also avoid fried foods, oily foods, and limit all animal product intake for the greatest health and performance advantage.