In order to keep young athletes and cute sports cars zipping down the road, their tanks must be refilled with high octane fuel regularly.
Choose fuel that optimizes performance.
For young athletes, this means real foods that nourish and support growth and repair. Whether meals or snacks, food selection should inlcude lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, a little starch, and very limited sugar.
This past weekend, I provided nourishment for two different lacrosse teams. Loaded with complex carbohydrates, essential fats (including omega 3s), and a little chocolate, my No-Bake Energy Balls & Oat Bars were a huge hit. Best of all, these pop-in-your-mouth, real food snacks filled two teams worth of empty fuel tanks!
No-Bake Energy Balls
1 and 1/2 C Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 C almond butter or sunbutter
1/3 C honey
1 1/2 C unsweetened coconut flakes (find in organic/health food section of grocery store)
3/4 C ground flaxseed (find in organic/health food section of grocery store)
1/2 C finely chopped 60% dark chocolate or mini chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients together. Chill in refridegerator for 30 minutes. Roll into balls. Store in an airtight container.
Whip up a batch of these the next time it's your turn to be the Snack Mom or Dad. The kids will feel rejuvenated with a surge of energy and the coach will be delighted with the teams performance.