Good Snacks For Active Kids (Part 1)
WHERE: KareBoost Health (107 Cedar Grove, Suite 100, Somerset, NJ 08873)
TIME: Tuesdays at 6:30pm on February 14, March 14 and April 4, 2017
Everybody loves snacks, and knowing how to snack smart is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight. When it comes to everyday snacking for kids it is a good idea to reach for fruits, vegetables, and other foods low in sugar, calories, and fat.
But physical activity is also an important part of maintaining a healthy weight, and parents of kids involved in sports often wonder if there are special guidelines for what to feed their kids before and after physical activity.
Here are some pointers:
Even when your child is very active, overeating should be avoided. It is tempting to think that doing a bit of exercise means one can eat whatever one wants, but (sadly) this is not the case.
Research shows people are prone to overestimate how many calories they have burned by exercising and simultaneously underestimate the amount of calories they are consuming by eating. This can lead to the frustrating experience of exercising regularly, but still not making progress on one’s weight goals.
Food serves several important functions in relation to overall health and physical activity.
Here are the most important:
- Food provides the raw energy needed to perform any physical activity.
- Food provides fluids that keep the body cool. Of course, drinking water accomplishes this goal, too, but you might be surprised at how much water is in many foods.
- Food provides nutrients needed for growth, development, and improvements in strength and speed.
- Food helps with recovery after exercise.
So, the trick is to help your child eat right in relation to exercise.
Come Check out our first Sports Nutrition Workshop on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 6:30pm!!
Andrea Berez MS, RD, CSP