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Excerpts — Fueling Young Athletes

Day-to-day nutrition for healthy growth

Because I counsel young athletes, I work with a lot of parents and families. Most parents have very specific questions about fueling for sports. They want to know what to eat before an event, how much to drink during a game, and what the best meal is for recovery.

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Learn to categorize foods

In early chapters you learned why you need to incorporate each of the macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat) into your meal plan. Now, you need to make sure you understand which foods fit into each category.

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Family differences

When two of my kids were in third and fifth grades, they both had early school lunch periods and came home from school extremely hungry. They did not need an after-school snack; they needed a meal. My solution was to serve dinner at 4 p.m. and then a mini-meal around 7:00 p.m.

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Energy bars

Many parents and athletes want to know the best nutrition or energy bar to take to school or eat after exercise. What’s best depends on what you are using it for.

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