Mango Go for 42 Challenge – Week 2

Posted: May 18, 2013

  How do I get enough energy to be physically active? Did you know that it is important to energize yourself by eating well before playing sports, or going for a run? Carbohydrates are the most important type of nutrient that kids need for energy before a game. You can get these by eating fruits, vegetables grains such as pasta, spaghetti, or breads. Avoid food containing high levels of sugar before a game, such as candy bars or pop.It is good to eat a meal with lots of energy and carbohydrates 2-3 hours before being active. This gives the food time to digest and prevents stomach cramps. Whole wheat toast, a banana, and a glass of milk would be a great pre-run or pre-game meal that is rich in carbohydrates.For a lighter appetite, early morning rush, or nervous stomach before a sports game or run, there are lots of easy ways to energize your body. Here is quick and easy way to make a delicious smoothie you can take on the go!-1 cup of chocolate milk-1 cup of water-Half a cup of frozen strawberries-Half of a bananaYou can substitute the strawberries and banana with berries or other fruit to make it the way you like!Adapted from Dieticians of Canada Website and