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Can Beet Juice Help Athletes Train Harder and Perform Better?

Nutrition highlights from the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, including research showing that eating beets/drinking beet juice before daily training could help athletes train harder and compete better.

Injured Athletes: Nutrition Tips to Hasten Healing

Being injured is one of the hardest parts of being an athlete. If your child is unable to exercise due to a broken bone, knee surgery, stress fracture, or concussion, you may wonder: What can she eat to heal quickly? How can she avoid getting fat while she's unable to exercise? Should she be taking supplements? This article will address those concerns, and more.

Nancy Clark: Peanut Butter Is My Top Food For Sports Nutrition

MomsTEAM has designated October as Sports Nutrition Month, and invited some old friends and some new ones in the nutrition field to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions. We hope their answers will offer the always on-the-go sports parents we know you are some fresh ideas and choices for healthy, easy-to-make breakfasts, lunches, dinners and between-meal snacks and to help you stretch your food dollar.

Today we hear from sports nutritionist and MomsTEAM expert, Nancy Clark:

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MomsTEAM: What do recommend sports-active kids eat for breakfast?

Leading sports dietitian Nancy Clark says the best breakfast is any breakfast, but clearly some breakfasts are better than others in terms of nutrient-density. The best include at least three different kinds of foods per meal.

Protein FAQs for Athletes

Protein is a popular topic these days among competitive athletes, but there is a lot of confusion about how much protein they need, when they should eat it, and the best kinds of protein to choose. A leading sports nutritionist answers to some frequently asked questions active people commonly ask about protein in a sports diet.

Sports Nutritionist Nancy Clark: Would Ban Youth Sports On Sunday Mornings

Being the mother of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role.  So momsTEAM has designated May as Sports Moms Month and is celebrating by asking some of our favorite sports moms to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions. 

So far this month we have heard from a mom of an Olympic athlete, two sports moms who were themselves Olympic athletes (one a gold medalist), an award-winning health and safety reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the mom of two former minor league baseball players,  a mom and writer from Texas with a football-crazy son and cheerleader daughter, and a Minnesota hockey mom and author.

An internationally-recognized sports nutritionist and best-selling author imagines a world in which youth sports would only be played on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, and Sunday mornings would be sports-free.

Recovering from Hard Exercise: How to Refuel

What's best to eat for recovery after a hard workout? Here's how, as the parent of a hungry athlete, you can help them choose an optimal recovery diet.

Water Enhances Sports Performance

Here are some "droplets" of information to enhance your water IQ, optimize water balance, and help your child feel and perform better in sports

Eating Foods Rich in Omega 3's: Heart Healthy And May Protect Against Concussion

Eating foods rich in Omega 3's (DHA or fish oil), such as tunafish or salmon, twice a week, is good  because they heart-healthy and may protect the brain against concussion, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark.

Complex Carbohydrates: Foundation of Athlete's Diet

Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, pastas, oatmeal, are the foundation of any athlete's diet, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, because they are the fuel for exercise.

Fruits and Vegetables: Important Part of Athlete's Diet

Fruits and vegetables are "nature's vitamin pills," says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, and should be an important part of every meal an athlete eats.
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