All Articles by Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD

Homemade Sports Drinks: Lower Cost, Same Nutrition As Store-Bought

Here's a recipe for a homemade sports drink with the same nutritional profile as an expensive store-bought sports drink but at a much lower cost.

Endurance Sports Nutrition: Frequently Asked Questions

Endurance sports athletes can improve performance by consuming a variety of carbohydrates during exercise and a balance of carbohydrates and protein after sports as part of a training and recovery diet.

Sports Foods: Expensive Convenience or Necessity?

If all the ads for sports drinks, energy bars, energy drinks, electrolyte replacers, and sports candies are to believed, they are a necessary part of a sports diet, particularly if a child is participating in endurance exercise such as training for a marathon or a triathlon.  While there is a time and a place for engineered sports foods (particularly among kids who train at a high intensity), in most cases sports-active children can get their needs met with a wisely chosen diet.

Protein in Common Foods

An easy way to assess whether your child is getting adequate, but not
excessive, protein in his/her daily diet is to use this rule of thumb:
consume daily 16 ounces (2 cups, or 480 ml) of milk or yogurt plus a
moderate serving of protein-rich foods at two meals a day.  This, along
with with the small amounts of protein in grains and vegetables, will
likely meet your child's daily protein requirement.  Of course, your
child will need to eat other foods to round her calorie and nutritional
requirements, and those foods will offer a little more protein, as well.

Protein Content of Common Foods

Do you know how many grams of protein are in the foods you serve your family? Here's a list.