Best Snacks 4 Fueling
Think about the last game, how much attention did you give to what snacks to pack for these events? Probably not much. Young athletes often give no thought to their fueling game plan for these strenuous events keeping them from performing well through out the day. And unfortunately, parents and coaches do not emphasize enough the importance of proper fueling before, during and after games either.
Sure, they ate thinking they will have sustained energy, but instead the food they ate filled their stomach but didn’t give them the sustained energy needed and their muscles remained unfueled.
The result: less energy, lack of focus, prone to injuries. Athletic performance will be affected when the wrong carbs are consumed before a game.
So which are the right snacks?
TIP: Carbs are important but so is to maintain optimal hydration specially in hot and humid weather. In addition to carbs, make sure you start your game day by drinking water first thing in the morning and all day long. Sip fluids throughout the day so you start the game well-hydrated (3-8 gulps of water every 15-20 minutes).
More about Good vs Bad Carbs
Complex carbs are the source of energy young athletes need for exercising, thinking and learning. Eating the right carbs at the right time help the body get ready for optimal performance.
Forget the sugary and processed drinks that will only give you the sugar crash in the middle of your game, there are healthy ways to sustain energy and fuel your game.