How to Feed an Athlete


I recently gave a talk on this topic to the coaches volunteering for the sports program at out local YMCA – Harris YMCA in Charlotte, NC.  Change happens with one coach, one family, one team.  If I can change the mind of ONE, the ripple effect will change the minds of MANY.


Common snacks on the sports field after games are the following:Doughnuts, Doritos, Chips, Cheetos, Gold Fish, Gatorade, Juice, Roaring Waters

An athlete requires water, electrolytes, protein, healthy fats, natural sugars, and anti-oxidants. The average snack seen on the sidelines is laden with food coloring, various man made sugars, unknown ingredients, processed fats, and more sugar.

RETHINK THE POST GAME SNACK – apple slices, bananas, frozen grapes, blueberries, strawberries, cheese sticks, orange slices, home made PB crackers. I know you think they won’t eat it. I beg to differ!!! Call anything a snack and the kids will devour it.  I also know that a lot of parents are afraid to bring these snacks because they will be made fun of by other parents or that they won’t be the Fun Parent  Athlete bodies crave good food! Let’s Stop teaching them to crave junk.

Electrolytes and Sports Drinks



    • Healthy Snacks

      • Orange = $0.89 per one
      • Each kid eats about 4-5 slices (about 1/2 orange)
      • Water is Free
      • 5 x $0.89 = $4.45 to feed 9-10 kids
      • Apples 3lb bag (about 6-8apples) = $4.49
    • 1/2 an apple cut into slices feeds 1 athlete
    • Water is free
    • $4.49 to feed 9-10 athletes
    • Let me know if you would like a PDF or Word copy of this Bolg as a handout for your team and I will email it to you.


Let’s be the voice of Change, Ana-Maria Temple, MD

My Latest Posts


Fluffy Gluten Free Dairy Free Waffles

Allergy friendly recipe to please the whole family


Homemade Ranch Dressing

Let’s get kids cooking in the kitchen!   A study conducted in Alberta Canada in 2012 and published in The…


Breakfast Muesli

My daughter and I participated in the Elimination Diet a few years ago to better understand the journey my patients…


Download Dr. Temple's Mega-list of Approved Packaged Foods

Sign up with your email address to receive your free download, tips, news and updates!

Scroll to Top