Whether your action-loving kid is the next David Beckman or simply a backyard star, he or she needs the right fuel to stay in the game.
By Dorothy Foltz-Gray
You don't have to pound out platters of steak every night, but you do have to pay attention to the protein your athlete eats. "Protein is important because it helps rebuild and repair muscles," Fields says. Lean protein sources include fish, lean meat, skinless poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, peanut butter, and soy, says Sally Barclay, M.S., RD, LD, a dietitian for the Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. If you have to stop for fast food, for instance, opt for an Egg McMuffin, says Cherie Kimmon, M.S., author of Potluck Survival Guide: Care & Feeding of the Athletic Supporter. "It's got plenty of protein," she says.