Proper nutrition is vital for young athletes. Helping them properly care for and nourish their bodies is a huge way you can help your child accomplish their athletic dreams. This page is dedicated to resources, recipes and other ways you can teach your child about healthy eating and healthy living.

The U.S. Women's National Team on Nutrition

The members of the U.S. Women’s National Team take nutrition seriously; they even pack their own ingredients to cook during international tournaments (more below). They also have advice for you and your young athletes on eating healthy and monitoring your consumption, especially during periods of decreased activity. No matter the time of the year, the message behind these tips is clear: eat well, eat happy!

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Team USA's Favorite Recipes

Peanut Better Balls.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

The U.S. Women’s National team loves these balls as a pre-match snack. In fact, athletes will bring the ingredients to make this recipe with them on international trips so they can have a familiar treat despite playing on the road. This recipe makes 15-20 balls, which can be stored in the fridge for up to five days

  • 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey

Mix honey and peanut butter until smooth. Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Mix until combined. Roll into bite-size balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

BBQ sauce.

Peach Barbecue Sauce

This peach BBQ sauce is a summer favorite with USA Volleyball’s National Teams. It pairs great with chicken or pork and can also be used as a dressing for a spinach and strawberry salad.

  • 1 tbsp. ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp.­­ crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 1 cup (sliced or cubed) ­­­­- peaches (pitted, fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp. honey or agave
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add more water to thin if necessary.

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