Gymnasts need constant refuelling when practising gymnastics not only for muscle repair and recovery but also for growth and development. Training loads for each athlete vary depending on their discipline and skill level so parents need to make sure their kids are getting an adequate diet to support their needs.
Here are some five healthy snack ideas for your gymnasts.
1. Yoghurt & fruit
Plain Greek yoghurt is a nutrient-packed snack! It's a great source of protein and high in calcium. You can either top it up with fresh blueberries, raspberries, banana, or their favourite fruit of choice! Add some nuts and granola for extra protein and fibre boost.
2. Sandwiches with healthy fillings
Peanut butter and banana sandwich, chicken with avocado, or tuna sandwich are just some of the nutritious sandwiches you can make for your kids. They provide valuable amounts of carbohydrates and protein needed to help kick start the muscle recovery process! Be sure to use wholemeal bread and lower fat meat and cheese if you can. For other sources of vitamins and minerals, add some spinach or other green leaf vegetable.
3. Homemade muffins
My all-time favourite go-to snack would be a blueberry muffin. It's so simple and easy to make you can even get the kids to help you! You can also try carrot and oat, banana, or feta and spinach for a savoury and delicious filling.
4. Sliced vegetables with hummus or other low fat dips
Hummus, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic is a simple and delicious addition to your gymnast's diet. It's naturally high in good fats and a good source of plant-based protein and fibre. You can either have it with carrots, celery, cucumber, or other vegetables of choice.
5. Wholegrain crackers with cheese or tuna
Cheese and crackers can provide a source of protein and healthy carbohydrates. This is a great go-to snack that can keep your gymnasts feel full longer! Be sure to read the ingredients and choose crackers that are made with whole grains and have minimal added sugar and sodium.
What's your favourite go-to snack? Comment down below!
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