How to Fuel Young Athletes with Potatoes

Spring sports are kicking off, which means parents will need to have snacks ready to go to fuel their little athletes for practice and games. Did you know potatoes provide the carbohydrates, potassium and energy needed to perform your best? We’ve teamed up with Colorado Potatoes to bring you some recipes and tips to incorporate potatoes into your active lifestyle.

Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C, a good source of potassium and Vitamin B6, and more energy-packed than any other popular vegetable. While potatoes sometimes get a bad rap thanks to potato chips and French fries, it’s important to note that a diet rich in all fruits and vegetables is key to a healthy lifestyle.

Tips for keeping little athletes fueled:

  • Hydration! Active kids lose water through sweating. Keep they hydrated before, during and after exercise with water.
  • Snack beforehand. We all need energy to perform our best. Opt for a snack that’s high in carbohydrates (such as potatoes!) and offers a good balance of protein and fat.
  • Re-fuel after exercise. Make sure to rehydrate after exercise and eat a snack that has a mix of potassium, carbohydrates and protein to restore energy levels and repair muscles.

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