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Helping your young athlete make good food choices
Growing bodies need lots of healthy fuel – especially when they’re running, jumping and playing. Active kids should watch what they eat even more closely to keep up their energy and stamina.
But we know it can get complicated. Kids often are picky eaters, tending to prefer ice cream over broccoli. And everyone is so busy, it can be difficult to find a window of time to sit down together for a meal. However, the extra effort will pay off in big way for your child – now and in the future.
Texas Children’s and the Houston Texans are experts at what athletes should eat. Our Healthy eating guide has plenty of tips to help make feeding your child a nutritious diet a little easier. By the way, these tips work for the whole family.
For more information about feeding your young athlete, check out these articles.
- Teach your athlete how to eat like an Olympian
- Snacks for young athletes
- How to keep your athlete hydrated
- Vegetarian eating for athletes
- How to gain weight and build muscle
- Sports nutrition: Protein
Winning care for growing athletes
Our renowned Sports Medicine Department can help if your child has an injury or physical issue.
Texas Children’s is among the best in the nation in subspecialty care such as cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology sports, pediatric gynecology and more. Visit texaschildrens.org/find-a-department for a full list of services provided in the Texas Medical Center and across the greater Houston area.