Youth soccer season is in full force. Along with shin guards and shiny uniforms our kids are getting snacks and plenty of them. If the snacks were fresh fruit and water, I wouldn’t be complaining. Parents are complaining to me all over the country about other parents who are bringing cupcakes, candy, donuts, brownies and sugar laden juices. Pumping our kids full of sugar after soccer is a physiologic mistake and sends the wrong message to our kids about taking care of their bodies post exercise. If snacks are to continue, all leagues should set a “fresh fruit and bring your own water policy” to stop our kids from refueling with loads of sugar. Would you eat a cupcake after your 5 mile run? I doubt it. Then why are we feeding our kids this way?
About Melanie Silverman
Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) working primarily in pediatric nutrition for well over 15 years. She spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. Melanie has presented at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), March of Dimes, Prader-Willi California Foundation, Texas Prader-Willi Association, Oklahoma Prader Willi Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) in the United States and Canada and the Prader-Willi Syndrome USA (PWSA). She worked hard for her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Women’s Health Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs and an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association.