Refuel Your Young Athlete

What your child eats before and after the game is considered by many to be equally as important to physically preparing for the game.

A group of women published a cookbook called "The Official Snack Guide for Beleaguered Sports Parents" to help parents whip up nutritious snacks that athletically minded kids will love. Co-author Dawn Weatherwax-Fall shared the following recipes on "Good Morning America NOW."

Berry Banana Blitz Smoothie

1 banana

1 container, 8 oz. low-fat vanilla yogurt

1 package, 10 oz. frozen strawberries, unsweetened and thawed

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¼ cup orange juice

1 T. honey

Serves: 3

Trish's Switch Hitter Snack Mix

4 cups corn cereal squares

1 cup dry roasted nuts or soy nuts

1 cup raisins

½ cup dried mixed fruit

1 cup yogurt covered raisins

½ cup dried pineapple chunks

Combine all ingredients and store in covered container

Makes about 16 servings; serving size: 1 cup

Base Hit Banana Popsicles

½ cup vanilla yogurt

1 T. peanut butter

1-2 T. sugar

1 cup low-fat granola cereal, crushed

4 small bananas

Combine yogurt, peanut butter and sugar. Cut four large squares of plastic wrap. Pour ¼ cup cereal on each square. Peel bananas and insert 1 Popsicle stick into each. Coat bananas with yogurt mixture and then roll the banana in cereal until evenly coated. Then wrap it all up in the plastic. Twist ends to hold everything in. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Serves: 4; serving size: 1 banana

Recipes from "The Official Snack Guide for Beleaguered Sports Parents" by Dawn Weatherwax-Fall, Rita Nader Heikenfeld, Joan MacEachen Manzo and Ellen Shuman (WellCentered Books).

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