Young athletes are busy – often running to school, then to practice and not getting home until late. Even weekends get filled with training, competition and tournaments. Getting adequate nutrition with dairy to fuel those long days means starting the day with a nourishing breakfast. Even though we know the morning meal is important, most teenagers prefer soaking up every last second of sleep. Still, they need something.
Rather than expect your young athlete to get up earlier, aim to have items on-hand that they can grab as they run out the door. That way, they can eat while they walk to the bus stop, on the ride to school or as soon as they get to school. And remember, breakfast doesn’t have to be traditional foods.
For helpful tips when shopping and preparing meals for busy mornings or to learn how to fuel a winner with examples of nutrient-rich combination:
American Dairy Association North East is one of 16 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit www.americandairy.com.