This is a Game Changer

A key component to being a serious athlete is utilizing healthy nutrition to fuel your performance.

Nutrition is the key component of athletic success. It’s where the game changes, the results change, and you embody The Complete Athlete affecting your performance on the playing field. Athletes must consume the correct amount of calories in the proper nutrient ratios specific to their goals and training schedule. Safe and accurate methods for weight loss/gain, maintaining fluids, and the use of supplements should also be understood and used correctly. Athletes must learn how to fuel their bodies before, during, and after training, practices, and competitions. This will ensure sufficient energy stores for intense training and recovery between workouts. It is important for young athletes to remember that workouts are only a fraction of the work their bodies are doing at this stage in their life. Bone and muscle growth, physical maturation, and not to mention puberty and the social stresses of being a teenager, are all calorie demanding processes that rely on good nutrition to occur normally.

The nutritional coaching at B.E.A.T. is all to benefit the athlete and educate them on healthy nutritional habits. We strive to optimize an athlete’s nutrition by creating a plan that is uniquely tailored to each individual athlete. We do NOT send them home with a “one size fits all” plan. Each athlete we coach is different – so is their nutrition plan. The proper nutritional education and instruction can greatly enhance an athlete’s ability to safely achieve results.

When speaking to our youth athletes about the importance of nutrition we emphasize the importance of beginning each day on the right foot and continuing to fuel the proper way all day long.

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How do you refuel after a good night sleep?

Eating breakfast EVERY MORNING helps athletes refuel their bodies by replacing the energy it used while sleeping. Here are some quick “On the Go” ideas to help fuel up:

  • Fruit and yogurt smoothie
  • Whole grain English Muffin with egg and cheese
  • Whole grain toast topped with banana and peanut butter

Athletes who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the field than those who skip breakfast. The right food is fuel for being the best you can be!

How do you refuel during the day?

Enjoying snacks that fuel you up, not bog down give the rising athletes a chance to have the proper energy for sports. Here is a list of some great ideas to give a try….

SNACKS– Pregame
  • Handful of nuts (Almonds/Mixed)
  • Greek yogurt cup (vanilla w/added fresh fruit/granola/nuts)
  • Peanut butter and apple

Snacks should be enjoyed during the day between major meals and are should be eaten before exercise (about 1-2 hours).

SNACKS– Postgame
  • Chocolate Milk-This combination of protein and carbohydrate serves two purposes for the young athlete: to reload muscles with energy (carbs) and to help with muscle recovery after exercise (protein).
  • Apple slices or carrot sticks
  • Orange slices
  • Bananas
  • Trail mix
  • Granola bars

HYDRATE and Drink up! -As activity levels increase, the amount of clear fluids the athlete needs increases. That means drink lots of good old fashioned water to STAY HYDRATED

  • Stay away from sugary drinks
  • Carry around a reusable water bottle to refill with fresh water

What athletes put into their bodies after taking a lot out of them is a key to getting back to 100 percent as quickly and efficiently as possible. So eat up after the game!

How do you recharge for Game day?

School. Homework. Practice. Family. Friends. With all the commitments a student athlete has, some might find it hard to fit sleep into the equation. But without proper sleep, an athlete won’t be giving his or her best in any of their activities.

  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night
  • Try to get to get the same time every night
  • Turn off the TV, tablets and cell phones

Believe Elite offers qualified Nutritional guidance with Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialists.

  • Nutritional Coaching Education Packet
  • Sample Plan
  • Portion Control
  • Macronutrient guidance
  • Goal based Nutrition
  • Weekly Assessment
  • Weekly Nutrition Journal Review check-ins
  • 24/7 contact – Q&A’s