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November 7, 2017

High Performing Snacks for Fueling Our Active Kids

Gymnastics Australia have released some fantastic information developed by Sports Dietitians Australia about fueling our active kids.  Developed as a guide for parents, coaches and team managers, it gives some fantastic ideas and information about how to encourage healthy eating in younger gymnasts (specifically ages 5-11), so they feel great and can train and perform to the best of their ability.

Active kids need constant refueling – not just for their physical activity, but also for their growth, development, health and well being.  Read the full article here – and check out our favourite hints from the booklet about High Performance Snacks in the lead up to competition.

Some great snack ideas for your young gymnast, heading to competition:

  • Bread, crumpets or English muffins with jam, honey or vegemite
  • Fresh fruit or a snack pack of canned fruit
  • Sandwich with cheese, peanut butter *, honey or jam
  • Vegetable pieces or crackers with low fat dip
  • Breakfast cereal with milk
  • Yoghurt, custard, rice pudding, creamed rice
  • Fruit and grain bars
  • Pita chips, pretzels or crackers
  • Fruit bun or raisin toast with jam
  • Corn and rice crackers, corn thins or rice cakes
  • Scones, pikelets, pancakes
  • Milk based smoothie with fruit
  • Quick cook noodles
  • Milkshakes
  • Fresh Sushi rolls
  • Home made popcorn (minus the salt and the butter)
  • Trail mix with nuts *, seeds, dried fruit
  • Canned spaghetti or baked beans

* Reminder, if attending school or gymnastics class after eating nuts, be aware of children who may have nut allergies and wash up before you arrive!

Happy snacking!

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