There’s an important link between what kids eat and their confidence in sports, says Kimberly Lackey, founder of Empath Coaching.
“When I think of confidence, I think of mood,” she says.
Sugar and soft drinks not only cause kids to crash quickly, which can undermine their confidence, but become dehydrated as well. Caffeine and sugar are also know to enhance the effects of stress and anxiety, hurting your kids’ mental game more.
“I would recommend a meal or supplement rich in Vitamin D and selenium,” says Lackey. “Most times I would recommend high-carb diets and protein meals like chicken and pasta, macaroni and cheese, good smoothies rich in vitamins.”