One of the biggest nutritional
challenges parents of youth athletes face is seeing that they eat
properly away from home. But whether you are traveling to an all-day
soccer tournament across town, or a two-week tournament in a foreign
country, your child's nutritional needs don't have to suffer.
This is the place to find strategies to use in making healthy choices at fast food, family-style
and ethnic restaurants, and grocery and convenience stores.
Eating at fast-food restaurants is common among players in travel sports programs, especially at multi-game tournaments. But while many fast food meals are high in fat, they can be part of a sports-active child's healthy diet as long as parents follow some simple guidelines.
Traveling by air presents some unique nutritional challenges for the youth athlete trying to maintain a diet high in
carbohydrates and fluids, moderate in protein and low in fat. Here are some tips for eating right on the plane and while your child is playing sports in a foreign country.