It’s always a good idea to eat healthful foods as often as possible. This is especially true for child athletes, who need good foods for energy in their athletic endeavors. But with busy schedules, most people don’t have time to make complicated recipes full of obscure ingredients and a hundred steps. It doesn’t have to be that difficult. Here are some simple meal ideas to get you through all parts of the day.
Yogurt with granola and fruit (berries, peach or banana…or all together!)
Whole grain cereal with milk and berries
Whole grain toast topped with cheese and scrambled egg
Lunch (easy, on-the go):
Cheddar, apple, sweet onion slices wrapped in whole wheat wrap with yogurt “mayo”
Turkey, mozzarella, carrot, lettuce, tomato, onion wrap with yogurt spread
Whole wheat toast with peanut or almond butter and sliced bananas
Fruit with peanut butter
Cheese and crackers
Baked salmon topped with olive oil, pepper, salt with steamed squash, carrots and quinoa
Taco salad: crumbled black bean veggie burger, spinach, taco seasoning, tomatoes, cheddar cheese
Pasta with red sauce and lean ground beef with side salad
If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids before the game and continue to take a drink every 15 to 20 minutes during the activity to stay healthily hydrated.
Feeding your child athlete doesn’t need to be difficult or complicated. These simple and satisfying meals are the perfect solution to a dinnertime problem.