Take can honest look around your kitchen. Ask yourself, "Do I have too many sugar rich foods in my refrigerator, pantry and freezer?"
Be honest with yourself, that is the only way you will make changes for your player and yourself. Parents are the true "gate keeper" of the nutrition in the home.
How many times have you attended a morning meeting and seen the caffeine and sugar on on the table? If you are like me, many times.
Eating sugary foods sets up an “energy, crash” cycle in your body and your teens.
Try to avoid offering sugary foods when your teen when they are hungry and need energy.
What foods are good choices to create sustained energy? Spinach, Kale and leafy green vegetables, legumes (black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, but not before practice, the rich fiber content may cause gastric distress.
Foods that are excellent choices include: Greek yogurt and Quinoa. Both contain carbohydrates and protein .
Include foods which are nutrient dense: fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and lean animal protein.
Avoid energy draining foods: refined carbohydrates, fatty and fried foods, sweets and desserts.
Help your player learn to make "hockey strong" choices during the summer and by fall these choices will be a habit.
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"Great Nutrition Leads to Great Performance"
Kim ~ Hockey Mom RD