Youth Sports and Calories
Kids are little calorie burners and when they play on sports teams, they can lose weight which is not a good thing for a growing child. A lot of parents add additional calories in the form of fatty sweets to make sure they are getting enough calories. For instance, one woman who has two very active skinny teenagers gives each of them a large bowl of ice cream every night after dinner. She told me she wants to give them something with fat so that’s why she chooses ice cream. I told her there are healthier alternatives that have high fat such as avocados, nuts and seeds. She can make granola with oats, honey, almonds, walnuts, coconut and sesame seeds. It’s high calorie and delicious. I don’t like store bought cereals or granola because they all contain sugar.
We all need good fats in our diets, but only a small percentage: 20%-30% of our daily intake. The majority of calories should come from carbohydrates, sometimes as much as 60% for those participating in sports. A small amount of dried fruit has a lot of carbs and calories and definitely is a treat. Another option is to serve another meal for your growing child. Now, who doesn’t want two dinners?