Fed up with eating plain, beige looking meals? Well, do not worry! Here are a few ways that you can brighten up your plate and get the essential nutrients into your meals for a balanced diet – which is vital for the overall health of the youth athlete as well as their recovery from training.
Eating in colour is a simple, easy way to ensure that the youth athlete is getting a well-balanced nutritious diet. This basic tip has shown to increase the proportion of healthy foods such as fruit and reduce the number of unhealthy fats and oils consumed in each meal . Natural colours in most fruits and vegetables provide a range of health benefits including prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, inflammation and many more .
Did you know the YSN Kitchen App is packed full of amazing, tasty and healthy meals perfect for youth athletes? Why not download it for FREE and give some of the recipes a go?
Or, why not head over to the recipe section of our blogs to discover more healthy, tasty and simple dishes to make.
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 Yousuf B, Gul K, Wani AA, Singh P. Health benefits of anthocyanins and their encapsulation for potential use in food systems: a review. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition. 2016 Oct 2;56(13):2223-30.
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Just as your youth athlete will need to fuel well to stay healthy, the same goes for parents too. Ensuring you eat a healthy and balanced diet will help to keep your energy levels high, so you’re better equipped to handle the stress and challenges that life throws at you.