Foods for energy, strength and endurance.

I have an 11 year old daughter that is into a lot of sports. My question is, what kind of foods can she eat that will give her energy and build strength and endurance. Her main sport is swimming.


Sue Gilbert

Sue Gilbert works as a consulting nutritionist. For many years she worked with Earth's Best Organic Baby Food, integrating nutrition and... Read more


Your question does not have an answer that can be easily answered in the space of an email message. There are many important foods, and fluids, for your daughter to eat to help her maximize her athletic performance. I recommend that you purchase a book that will cover all of this with you. It would be a good book to read together. It is called, 'Play Hard, Eat Right, A Parents' Guide to Sports Nutrition for Children', by Debbi Sowell Jennings, M.S., R.D. and Suzanne Nelson Steen, D.Sc., R.D. My daughter is also very active in sports, and this book as been a big help, particularly in deciding on appropriate pre-event meals.

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