Games, Practices & Summer Exploration

Sports Mom Essentials

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Here are some tips to keep in mind to help your young athlete’s body reach its full potential:

1. When we’re talking physical activity we can’t overlook the importance of carbohydrates. They literally equal energy and a great convenient source of carbohydrates are both enriched and whole grain wheat foods.
2. Wheat foods do more than just provide energy for glycogen depleted muscles. They also provide B-vitamins to keep your metabolism going, and iron which is used to transfer oxygen to hard working muscles.

3. These foods will help your kids recover between games and practices, Plus, they are always “good-to-go” and make a great portable pre or post game snack or meal. These snacks do not have to be complicated!! If you are looking for some great snack ideas check out The Wheat Foods Council for recipes!

Examples:
1.Granola-recipe http://nationalfestivalofbreads.com/recipes/crunchy-granola
2. Apple, Nut Butter and Granola
3. Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups
4. Yogurt Parfaits
5. Cheese and Crackers
6. Bagel & Nut Butter

There is a new product on the market that I am excited about called BodyArmour. Finally there is a natural sports drink that does not contain artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners!!! BodyArmour is packed with potassium, coconut water and vitamins. It comes in 8 flavors and can be found everywhere including QT and Schnucks.

This is a drink that can be given to kids and adults during and after physical activity to help recover and rehydrate.

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