Kid's Nutrition

The Support He Needs to Succeed

As his number one fan, we know you’ll support your little sport stars all the way. But it’s not just about cheering him on from the sidelines – what you do off the field can be just as important.

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By The Scott's Team   | 3 min read

By The Scott's Team
3 min read

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To help his body and mind grow strong, you’ll want to make sure your child is eating the right food before, after and during physical exercise – whether it’s just a practice in the park or the big game.

Choosing the right line-up of food (and drinks) will help give him the energy and nutrients he needs. And it might just give him an edge when it comes to his sports performance, too.

Boost His Energy Levels

Little athletes burn a lot of calories. So, if possible, make sure your child eats a meal full of energy-rich carbohydrates (combined with a little protein) a couple of hours beforehand.

Breads, cereals, rice and pasta are all absorbed fast and provide great sources of energy for working muscles. They’ll help your little one perform at his best longer, whereas food high in fat and fiber can slow down digestion and sap energy levels.

If they need an instant energy burst at any point, fresh (and dried) fruits are ready-to-eat forms of carbohydrates that will soon get them back up and running again. Snacks like muesli or granola bars are also good – and less likely to get bruised and battered inside a bag full of sports kit!

Little Winners

Keep Him Fit and Strong

Calcium and iron are two essential nutrients for kids. Calcium builds strong bones, making them less likely to break under the stress and strain of intense physical activity. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese are all rich in calcium. Other good sources include dark, green leafy vegetables and calcium-fortified products like orange juice.

Giving them plenty of iron-rich foods, such as meat, dried beans, and fortified cereals is just as important, because without sufficient levels of iron, kids often tire more quickly.

We understand it’s not always possible to get him to eat the right balance of food every day. So if you want to make sure he is getting enough of the vitamins, minerals and Omega-3 he needs, you might find a spoonful of Scott’s Emulsion an easy win – for you and him.

Don't Forget the Fat

We all know a high-fat diet isn’t healthy – but then neither is a zero-fat diet. Eating at least some fat is important for health and provides much-needed energy for young athletes too. Meats, cheeses, nuts, oils, and butter are all good sources of fat, to name just a few.

Always remind her to take plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise.

Bring on the Liquids

We’ve all seen athletes on TV gulping down water whenever there’s a break in the action. That's because when they sweat, they’re losing water through their skin. Sweating cools the body down but, if your child loses too much water this way, he could become dehydrated.

Always remind him to take plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise – not just when he starts feeling thirsty. Water is the best choice, or fruit juice mixed with water. Sports drinks are fine once in a while, but remember, they often contain a lot of sugar and calories.

Everyone’s a Winner

Making sure he's eating the right types of food is one way to give him the best chance of success. But don’t forget the other secret weapons you have in your locker: love, support and encouragement – win or lose!

With that thought in mind, we’ve created a special ‘trophy cabinet’ full of medals, cups and rosettes you can download, print out and use – not just to reward your little ones for sporting achievements, but for good behavior, school reports or just helping out with chores at home.

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