Monday, April 22, 2019

Ideal Breakfasts for Young Athletes

Breakfast is the most important meal. It provides the body with the food and fuel it needs to power through the day. Having a healthy breakfast is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for young athletes, young hockey players in particular.   

 These youngsters put a lot of strain on their growing bodies and expend a lot of energy. Thus, they need to ensure their bodies have everything they need, nutritionally speaking, to repair and regenerate and to allow them to accomplish all the activities of the day.

So, with all that said, what’s a good breakfast look like? Well, it can take on many forms, but here are some favorites that do a good job of providing sound nutrition:

Peanut Butter Treats

If you want a breakfast that tastes like a dessert, you’ll love these peanut butter treats. They’re a great way to “trick” kids into eating a healthy breakfast.

Peanut butter treats have ample carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to power any young athlete through the day. Plus, they taste positively sinful…even though they’re not.

To make these yummy goodies, place all of the following ingredients into a blender:

l  1/3 cup of rolled oats
l  1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
l  4 egg whites
l  1/2 teaspoon of baking power

After blending the ingredients until well-mixed, evenly pour the batter into a muffin tin. Then, bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. After taking out of the oven, smooth a tablespoon of peanut butter over each “muffin” and enjoy! This is a breakfast the whole family is sure to love.

“Green” Chocolate Smoothie

Another yummy and wonderfully sweet breakfast is a green chocolate smoothie. This breakfast is quick, easy, and is a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your child’s diet.

To make this smoothie, combine 2 cup of vanilla almond milk, two scoops of chocolate protein powder, 1 banana, a half cup of spinach, and some ice in a blender. Mix and enjoy!

Your child won’t even taste the spinach but will get all the nutrition it has to offer and then some.

These are just a couple of ideas for healthy breakfasts for young athletes. There are many others that you can try. As long as your child is eating something nutritious and fueling in the morning, he or she is sure to have a great, successful day.

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