Sports Nutrition – A Head Fake Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

Sports Nutrition – A Head Fake Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

There is little doubt that the number of overweight and obese children is increasing.  Two of the underlying causes are the lack of exercise and poor nutritional choices.  Whether is a recreational or competitive program, participating in youth soccer provides a way to increase physical activity.  At all levels coaches stress the need to exercise, train and “get in shape”.  In many cases, the lessons learned through youth sports leads to a more active adulthood.  Youth sports can also serve as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of a healthy diet.  However, a recent study raises concern about the food environment in youth sports.  It identifies the nutritional challenges and frustrations that many parents face in encouraging healthy eating.  Most importantly it highlights the role that youth coaches can play in helping young athletes develop a diet that will help them perform better on the field as well as lead a healthier lifestyle.

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From the Magazine: Supermarket Shopping, Decisions and Dilemmas

From the Magazine: Supermarket Shopping, Decisions and Dilemmas

Time and again, soccer players wistfully comment, “Nancy, I wish I could take you food shopping with me.” They are confused about which foods to buy so they can eat healthfully. They wonder if they should buy organic or standard foods? fresh or frozen vegetables? low-fat or fat-free milk?

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Recipe: Stir-Fried Vegetables

Recipe: Stir-Fried Vegetables

A large nonstick skillet is useful for stir-frying vegetables. The goal is to end up with vegetables that are cooked until tender-crisp and flavorful. By combining only two or three vegetables, you’ll get more distinguished flavors. Plus, this makes it easier to time the cooking so they are all done at the right time.

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