Nutrition for Kids Playing Sports

Do any of you have children that play on sports teams?  Do you want to provide good nutrition to help them play well?


My daughter played soccer from age 6 to 21. I was often disheartened by the snacks that I saw parents bring to games and give to young, tired players.  Often what I saw were big boxes of pre-packaged junk food from Costco.  At a time when their bodies crave replenishment, parents were giving out the worst food possible.  Arg.  That propelled me into wanting to learn more and write on the subject.  The result was the book Feeding the Young Athlete and I am super excited to have a brand new fully-revised edition out this month.  My new publishers (Readers to Eaters) did a fantastic job of laying out the book with colorful illustrations and grabby pull quotes.  The book is FILLED with practical information like what to shop for and pack in your sports bag, what to eat on the road, the timing of pre-game meals and post-game snacks and plenty of support for feeding kids (not just athletes!) good real food.


And (of course) there’s recipes.  Ten Breakfasts, Ten Snacks, Ten Meals … you get the idea.  We learned during our research that COACHES are some of the most influential people in the lives of our children, so consider buying a copy for your favorite coach.  Beacuse if the leader is wised up on how good food = good performance, the kids will heed the advice!



About Cynthia Lair

Cynthia Lair’s web cooking show Cookus Interruptus brings humor to healthy family eating with over 160 recipe videos. Cynthia hails from Seattle, WA where she is assistant professor and culinary director at Bastyr University, School of Natural Medicine. She is the author of Feeding the Whole Family with foreword by Mothering’s beloved Peggy O’Mara.


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