Active Mom, Active Daughter: Fueling Right for a Competitive Life

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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By Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN

I have partnered with V8® as part of The V is for Vegetables ™ campaign. I was compensated for my time commitment. However, my opinions are my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

I have always had an itch to be active.

As a teen, I played high school basketball and was the captain of the varsity team. Knowing how much I loved being a part of a team, as an adult I picked up competitive tennis and now play in several United States Tennis Association (USTA) leagues.

But things have changed since I was MVP of my high school team. These days I am much more aware of what I eat and drink, before, during, and after my intense activities. I also consider my daughter, who watches my every move.
As a mother, dietitian, and competitive athlete, it’s important for me to be a positive role model for my children. Over the years, I watch as my children mimic my behaviors and strive to accomplish some of the same things I have. Proper pre-workout meals, and post-workout snacks, as well as hydration are an important part of sports recovery, and it’s something that I encourage my children to consider when they are working out.

Here is how I make sure my family and I eat well with our busy and active lifestyle.

I play tennis, both doubles and singles, several times a week and have matches throughout the year. Before heading to my 90-minute practice or 2-hour matches, I make sure to eat a well-balanced meal.

Practices are in the morning, so breakfast is very important, and usually consist of an egg over-easy with whole wheat toast and sliced vegetables like cucumbers, red peppers, and tomatoes. It took a bit of trial and error to get it right! When I wasn’t fueled properly, I would run out of energy rather quickly. Now, I turn to 2 or 3 meal options that I love and can be confident that I am properly fueled and will feel good during my intense workout.

My fueling doesn’t stop when I am at practice or matches. I need to rehydrate on the court. During a match, I will do this when we switch sides on the tennis court. Water can do the trick in some cases, but if I play a 2 to 3-hour game of singles or I am playing outside in the heat, then I need the extra boost of and electrolytes or I will lose energy. My go-to-drink is always a 5.5 oz. can of V8® Original 100% Vegetable Juice. It is the perfect replenishment for electrolytes, and allows me to get 1 full serving of vegetables for fuel, with no added sugar.

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What is most amazing to see is that my love for activity and proper nutrition, is now a shared love with my daughter!

Since the age of 3, my daughter Ellena has followed in my footsteps and been involved in sports, taking on gymnastics…after a lot of begging on her part.

Soon after she started, her coaches requested she join the competitive team at only 5 years old. She now competes in the USA Gymnastics league and we travel all over the New York area for competitions. She also has a demanding practice schedule that includes three hours of training, three days a week.

Ellena knows she needs to be fueled properly before, during, and after every meet and practice. After watching my routine with meals and snacks, she understands that proper planning is the key to staying energized throughout her practice or competition.

When she comes home from school at 3pm, she has a well-balanced meal. I like to serve full meals, not snacks, after school to avoid mindless junking. As such, I have kept to my own schedule and serve my kids dinner at 3pm. This way I know my daughter is fueled before hitting the gym.

Before heading to practice, Ellena is already thinking about post-practice replenishment. She goes into our V8® stash, and packs one in her gymnastics bag.

It truly is “like mother, like daughter.”

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When I pick her up from practice, I find her drinking her V8® which helps her body replenish post-workout. It provides 320 mg of potassium per 5.5 oz. Potassium is an important electrolyte that helps with nerve function and muscle contraction. Plus, as we all know, getting kids to eat their vegetables can be a delicate game, but with this powerful drink packing 1 full serving of vegetables, I know she is getting exactly what her body needs.

Once we get home, Ellena feeds herself a more substantial snack of a half-sandwich or fruit and yogurt. She has always been a smart eater, but watching my eating habits when exercising and from years of experience, she has learned what works for her, and that is all I can hope for as a mother, dietitian and lifelong competitive athlete.

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TIPS

Five Ways to Fuel a Busy Day – From Running Errands, Working Out, and Juggling Kids

  1. Keep your pantry stacked with powerful foods and drinks. I keep a stash of V8®Original 100% Vegetable Juice made with 100% vegetable juice in my pantry so I can easily grab it as I hustle out of the door. If you plan your pantry right, you’ll always be confident in choosing the right snack when you’re on the go.
  2. A great workout is only as good as your nutrition. To replenish after sports, I pack a V8® Original 100% Vegetable Juice into my workout bag. The electrolytes help to replenish with nutritious vegetables and powerful antioxidants.
  3. Post-workout, I drink V8® Original 100% Vegetable Juice. For 30 calories, I get 1 full serving of veggies, no added sugar, and nutritious vegetables and electrolytes.
  4. V8® Original 100% Vegetable Juice is also a perfect option for kids to sip on after sports to help the body replenish post-exercise with electrolytes. Plus, it’s a quick and easy way to get 1 full serving of veggies into their diet.
  5. V8® Original 100% Vegetable Juice contains as much as a small banana. Potassium is a great electrolyte to help you replenish after a workout or practice.

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