6 School Snacks for Your Gymnast
School snacks can be difficult for many reasons but for a gymnast and other young female athlete they are essential.
Remember that it is critical to keep the nutrient intake coming all day long so that recovery continues from the previous practice and the athlete’s body is preparing for todays activity.
Problems occur when our young gymnasts and athletes don’t get enough nutrients and they run into an issue that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calls Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). We talk about this extensively in our newest book, Because She’s Worth It. Here’s a bit about not getting enough energy intake from the book:
Consequences of Not Getting Enough Food
From the IOC Consensus Statement on RED-S, there are potential performance effects, and if you see these starting to occur, they are all red flags:
- Decreased muscle strength
- Decreased concentration
- Decreased coordination
- Impaired judgment
- Decreased response to training
- Increased injury risk
- Decreased endurance performance
- Decreased glycogen stores
Once the injury occurs and RED-S starts to affect the actual health of your daughter, here are the actual injuries that occur:
- Decreased Growth Development
- Blood disorders
- Metabolic disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Bone health deterioration
- Menstrual dysfunction
- Decreased immune function
- Gastrointestinal injuries
- Cardiovascular injuries and abnormalities
It’s not worth this.
This is why eating for performance is such an incredibly important concept in our
young daughters, regardless if they’re athletes or students.
Even if your daughter is not an athlete, many of these same dysfunctions can still occur if she’s not getting what she needs in her diet. How irritable do you get when you go without breakfast or dinner, or you get a dinner that’s just not adequate? It’s the same for your daughter, and over time, other dysfunction can develop.
The Best 6 Snacks for School Time
Snacks have to be portable, convenient, and not make a mess for your athletes. Here’s our favorites:
1. Pita Chips and Hummus
2. Strawberries sliced in greek yogurt
4. Carrots dipped in sun butter or peanut butter
This one took me for a loop the first time I heard it, but everywhere I go to speak, gymnasts love this snack. I put sun butter or peanut butter because some schools don’t allow peanut butter due to allergies and that is definitely good to respect so we protect the other kids in the school
5. Whole grain crackers, cheese cubes, and blueberries
6. GoRaw Seeds
Just like we discuss in Because She’s Worth It, every snack and meal contains protein, carbohydrates, and fats to make sure athletes get all of the nutrition they need. We’re also getting the best nutrition in their bodies as possible. So if you can buy Organic products, then do this, but if you cannot afford to, then get the best possible that you can afford.
We’d love for you to check out Because She’s Worth It and learn the best way to protect your family and give them what they need to succeed in both athletics (like gymnastics) and life. Because She’s Worth It is now available on Amazon…just click here to learn more practical information to protect your gymnast.
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