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Nutrition Tips for Parents of Little League®
Baseball & Softball Players
 
Better nutrition for growing bodies.

Little League® athletes need the right fuel for before, during and after the big game. This means eating foods that have plenty of nutrients—protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals—and not too many calories, fats or sugars.

When kids fill up on the right stuff—high-nutrient foods—they’ll have less room in their bellies for sugary drinks, chips, candy, and highly processed desserts.

Here are some quick and easy ways to get your athlete fueled up and able to perform at their best.

You can’t go wrong with fruits and vegetables
For kids and adults alike, eating more fruits and vegetables at every opportunity is important for health.

Vegetables and fruits are nutritious. They may contain carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and micronutrients like vitamins (including vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and folate), and minerals (including potassium and magnesium). The nutrients in this group are important for kids, but most young people in America are not getting enough potassium and dietary fiber. In addition to providing many nutrients, most vegetables and fruits contribute to satiety (feeling of abdominal fullness after eating), so they may help people maintain a healthy weight.

1. Serve children a variety of fruits and vegetables daily to obtain a wide range of nutrients. Color is a good guide to ensuring variety, with vegetables and fruits.
2. As part of a varied diet, it is recommended that:
 
  • Preschool-aged children eat at least 4 servings of vegetables and fruits each day, comprising at least 2 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of friut
  • Children and young people aged 5 to 18 years eat at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruit each day, comprising at least 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit.

What are the best snacks to fuel up before the big game or practice?
An athlete's friend, Chiquita Bananas, are a perfect snack for before and after your favorite Little League® activities! Bananas are full of good carbohydrates providing you energy before the game and are loaded with potassium, which has been shown to help repair muscles after physical activity.
 

 
Fuel Up Your Athlete with Chiquita fruits and vegetables!

To help meet the daily recommended nutrition guidelines before and after the big game, Chiquita has a number of healthy, delicious snacks such as the portable Chiquita® Apple Bites, crisp salad options from Fresh Express®, and our world famous Chiquita® Bananas and Chiquita® Pineapples

You and your kids can also live healthy by making and enjoying your own fun, healthy snacks. Try our Bananas Sammies Recipe for a quick, after-school snack or, for a delicious and easy-to-make after-dinner dessert, try the Yankee Chiquita Banana Split.

 

Chiquita Banana Split Smoothie Chiquita Banana Bread Chiquita Plantain Tostone Chiquita Banana and Dark Chocolate Muffins Chiquita Pineapple Upside Down Biscuits Chiquita Pineapple Freezes Grilled Chiquita Banana and Sausage Kebabs