Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Food helps to fuel physical activity. Help your active child play hard by offering meals and snacks based on Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide most of the time.
Choose a healthy pre-exercise snack to promote endurance. Follow the guidelines of the American College of Sport Medicine and encourage your child to choose a healthy meal or snack two to four hours before their favourite activity.
Make the best of it. Choose foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat, sugar and salt. Protein can be included (just keep the overall amounts relatively small, as protein can be slow to digest).
Healthy examples include low-fibre cereal with milk and fruit; a granola bar with yogurt and a banana; a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread; a glass of milk and an apple.
Nerves a problem? Some children get nervous just before a big game or competition and can’t stomach solid foods. Take a calming time out. Offer your child a smoothie made with yogurt, fruit and milk or juice as an alternative to solid food choices.