Don’t sleep on proper nutrition. Healthy eating is a pertinent part of your youth football athlete’s on-field performance and his post-play recovery. Fresh and natural vegetables, grains and fruits with fast food avoidance is what is mightily preferred! Without further adieu, here are 5 football power foods and how they benefit your athlete.
Corn is a favorite food of youth football athletes for a multitude of reasons. I prefer corn pre-workout to provide that boost of energy to push me through an intense day at the gym. Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) found in corn assists my body to break down proteins into usable energy so I can maximize my workout. Corn will also help to improve bone strength and assist to maintain good vision. The nutritional benefits of corn are off the charts, and there are just so many ways to enjoy it.
Pineapple has B1 vitamin, minerals, and natural sugars for energy.
Pineapple is also known for its high level of manganese. Manganese is all about energy production & protecting our cells from pesky free radicals (antioxidants enclosed, apply within). Fruits like pineapples attack and destroy those harmful free radicals that tend to lead to sicknesses.
An apple a day keeps an angry coach at bay. Besides being a nutritional stud, a typical apple has a healthy dose of fiber, up to 5 grams per fruit. The fiber, or roughage, found in apples will help keep your athletes fuller, in turn lowering their need for junk or unnecessary foods.
Salmon, tuna and mackerel. According to the American Optometric Association, Omega-3 fatty acids do wonders for the development of vision and retinal function. Eat fish for healthy eyes and better vision.
Ever hear of chia seeds? Imagine a relatively tasteless, crunchy seed that is packed full of nutrients that you could easily add into smoothies, salads or sandwiches, that is the chia seed. It’s a food for hydration. Long considered “the running food”, warriors would mix chia seeds and water to maintain energy levels and stay hydrated during battles. Your athlete will use it for a different type of battle.