What kids should eat after practice

What kids should eat after practice

Does your budding Olympic athlete come back home famished and exhausted from after-school games or sports practice? It’s only natural; but reaching for the cookie jar isn’t.

Busy kids need the right fuel to perform their best in the classroom, as well as on the field or court. One thing you can do to help your child is to provide foods and fluids for recovery. Young muscles need fuel to replenish their losses after a hard practice session. Try to feed kids within an hour after practice to help them recover, refuel and repair muscles. A mix of carbohydrates and protein is best. Keep snacks in the car so that when you pick your daughter up after soccer practice, she can start the recovery process. Right away Good combinations are:

What milk can do

Spotlight on energy bars

Are energy bars a good choice for post-workout recovery? Yes, if they provide carbohydrates and protein. Carbohydrates help replace muscle glycogen and protein helps repair muscle damage while providing the necessary building blocks for muscle growth. The downside? Don’t use these bars pre-workout because the fibre might cause stomach upsets in those with sensitive tummies.

The writer is a professor of nutrition, College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia State University, US

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