Do Kids Need Snacks After Soccer?
Whether you are playing in the game or sitting on the sidelines at the fields in Denver on Saturday, you need energy to sustain yourself. Food consumption is one of the primary sources for our ability to perform at work, at school, or at the soccer fields. The energy we have to use is a direct reflection on the types of foods we eat. Foods filled with protein, magnesium, vitamin e or naturally occurring caffeine (just to name a few) all give us energy and work together to make us perform at our best.
I’ve been involved in many discussions about snacks after soccer games and it is always a touchy subject. On the one hand, our soccer organization thrives off of the community feeling where players are able to enjoy each other’s company after a game. On the other hand, not everyone is familiar with or understands how the nutrients in food replenishes our bodies. What I do think we can all agree on is foods such as Doritos, sodas or candy are not good ideas for after game snacks.
That being said, the most important thing for a healthy child on game day is a healthy breakfast or lunch filled with all the energy providing nutrients they need to sustain themselves during the game and after the game. If a healthy meal is provided prior to the game, a player should not need snacks afterwards, unless it is an extremely exhaustive match or they are dehydrated, at which time they should be drinking water. Similarly, if after a soccer game, a child is hungry and needs to replenish energy, parents should take in to consideration when the next full meal is and provide their child with lunch or dinner, not snacks.
Providing snacks after Skyline Soccer games has become the standard and that is not going to change. Kids love it and parents like providing satisfaction to their kids. The snacks provided should be something that helps them sustain or replenish the energy they already have, not give them the “crash” feeling, where one gets tired very quickly after expelling energy or eating overly processed foods.
If the correct snack is provided (as outlined in one of our previous posts), snacks can be a great addition for the kids at the end of a game, not only providing some additional energy and recovery for them, but giving them the opportunity to sit down with fellow teammates and “break bread”.
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