All kids need a healthy and balanced diet, but for active kids, it’s especially important to ensure they’re getting the right fuel their body needs to be on top of their game. Whether playing soccer or football, dancing or karate, swimming or track and field, the right kind of food and beverages can help your child become a better athlete.
Offering the right mix of carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals are essential. If you’re trying to nurture an active kid, here are five tips to help them train like a pro…
1. Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Two important nutrients for kids—especially athletes are calcium and iron. Calcium helps to build strong bones, which can help prevent breaks during heavy strain of physical activity. Dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt are an excellent source of calcium, but another good source is dark, green leafy vegetables.
Iron can be found in meat, fortified cereals and beans. Without iron, kids get tired more easily. Iron is especially important of young adolescent girls who have gotten their periods because they lose iron every month through their menstrual cycle.