Nutrition for Hockey Players (Part I)

A solid game-day performance requires more than just practice. Your young hockey player will do well all day long with these crucial nutrition guidelines for hockey practices and games.

Everyday Training Guidelines

Maintaining a healthy diet while playing hockey will allow you to perform the best on the ice.

Focus on snacks and meals to give your hockey players the supreme shot at doing their best and meeting their development and growth needs.

Fuel up on carbs: Carbohydrate-rich foods offer the best fuel for growing, working, and active bodies.

What they are: fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread, whole-grain foods (such as brown rice), milk and legumes (peas, beans, and lentils). In addition to being a slow-release carbohydrate, legumes are a great source of protein. Use them in stews, soups, tortillas, and other dishes.

Get the right amount of protein: Eating enough, but not huge amounts of, protein during the day helps kids do well academically and athletically. Also, protein helps build and repair tissues and sustain a strong immune system. Though, avoid the enticement of high-protein diets.

They won’t help athletic kids do better. In fact, these diets might cut energy tremendously. This is because carbohydrates are the body’s top source of fuel. Additionally, a high-protein diet could be dehydrating. Stick to protein sources like meats, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, and tofu.

Some fat from healthy sources is needed to sustain good health. You can get healthy fats in canola oil, peanuts, and peanut butter, olive oil, walnuts, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, soy nuts, and fatty fish like salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, char, and trout.

Don’t forget fluids. You need them to support all body functions.

Active children must meet their energy demands not to mention their growth and development needs. To do this, they must have three nutritionally balanced meals and three to four healthy snacks during the day.