When it comes to addressing nutrition with student athletes, the challenges often lie more in the realm of organization and planning rather than the actual nutritional aspects.
When formulating nutritional guidelines tailored to individual athlete goals and needs, we also emphasize the practical implementation of these guidelines. We recognize that these nutritional recommendations extend beyond the athlete alone and have an impact on the weekly planning of parents, including grocery lists, cooking, and budgeting. In this regard, we have identified three invaluable tools that significantly streamline the execution of any meal plan, regardless of the goal.
A crockpot offers a convenient solution for busy schedules. By using a crockpot, student athletes can easily prepare meals in advance, allowing for efficient cooking and meal planning. The slow cooking process allows for tender and flavorful dishes that can be ready to enjoy after a long day of activities.
We have 5 of our favorite crockpot recipes available at the bottom of this post. Help yourself!
A backpack-style cooler provides a practical solution for transporting and keeping meals and snacks fresh throughout the day. With insulated compartments and convenient storage pockets, it allows student athletes to carry their prepped meals, beverages, and healthy snacks while maintaining proper food safety and temperature control.
Plastic deli containers are versatile and ideal for portioning and storing prepped meals and snacks. They are convenient for organizing and packing meals in advance, ensuring that student athletes have access to nutritious options whenever they need them. The containers are lightweight, reusable, and easily stackable, making them suitable for on-the-go nutrition needs.