Feeding Your Body for rowing
If you or your child are rowing nutrition is a hugely important part of the equation.
When training really starts to kick in their nutrition is very important to help them function properly.
- Hydration – athletes should start drinking water regularly throughout the day, always bring a drink bottle to training. The Clive water is chlorine free.
- When athletes start regular training after school, please make sure they/you have a snack, be it bananas, muesli bars.
As for general eating, athlete's require a broad range of foods from all the food groups. Here are a few recommendations:
- Breakfast - cereal, fruit, yoghurt, porridge, bacon & eggs (athletes should eat until they are full)
- Morning Tea – nuts (if possible), fruit (bananas are recommended), biscuits, boiled eggs
- Lunch – sandwiches/wraps – with lettuce, ham/chicken, cheese. Pasta salad – be it tuna salad or anything with pasta, because it fills them up. Fruit again as well
- Afternoon Tea – muesli bar, fruit
- Dinner – your meat, chicken, veges and even pudding
- Be sure to have water with meals
- Breakfast and dinner should be the athletes 2 main meals
When the season is in full swing, athletes will eat you out of house and home. When we attend regattas, athletes are offered the above menu, they are encouraged to eat from all the food groups. The things they need to cut back on are junk food - bags of chippies, soft drinks, V’s if they consume them.
We don't recommend protein supplements as athletes should get the required nutrients out of their food.
Regatta meals: The athletes are strongly encouraged to eat from all the food groups it is in a buffet style setting. No extra food is needed to be brought by athletes, home baking is required though and handed in before hopping on the bus.
If athletes have any allergies we need to know about (or medical conditions), it will be held in confidence.