LEMOORE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE
Fueling Your Body for Soccer
March 10, 2021
By Yvette Waters/ Raley's, Healthy Living
Cal North debuts an ongoing column written by Yvette Waters, MS, RDN, CISSN, Raley’s Nutrition Strategist & Brand Influencer. Waters will be providing Cal North with nutrition tips for youth soccer players each month.
Soccer is a very physically demanding sport, requiring strength, speed, agility and endurance. When you are training or in a game, playing 45 minutes without a sub, you may be continuously moving, running, cutting and sprinting. Without proper fuel, you may not be able to maintain a high level of performance.
Have you ever heard, “Eat more carbs, and you will have more energy?” Or “It is healthier for your body to avoid gluten and dairy.” Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about nutrition and athletic performance. So the question becomes, what should you eat?
My answer: find what works best for you! But as a general rule, making sure you get good quality carbohydrates, protein at every meal and lower fat before practices and games can help set you up for success!
General Tips for Fueling Your Body for Soccer
Example of What You Should Eat & When
Snack before morning training (if doing two-a-days):
Snack before practice:
Drink after practice:
Snack before bedtime: