Nutrition: Refuel with Food, Skip the Sports Drinks
There is a big marketing push to get kids and teens to consumer sports drinks after athletic activities. Although the electrolytes are beneficial, the added sugar and absence of protein in these drinksdo not make them nutritionally appropriate for growing young bodies.
Skip the Sports Drinks
Replace those drinks with water! Sports drinks have added sugars that can rival the addictive nature of soda, which can lead to increased chances of obesity. Kids and teens should get at least 6-8 cups of water per day. Hydration loosens up muscles and improves body processes such as digestion and muscle recovery.
Refuel with Food
Get Nutrients after a workout! There is a need for sugars, but look for the natural types. Add natural sugars with a protein source for a great combination. Examples include chocolate milk, string cheese and fruit, yogurt and a granola bar, yogurt and fruits, or hummus and pita chips.
Rinks can be filled with vending machines promoting junk food and sugary drinks. Be above the influence and help your child get balanced nutrition for growth.