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4 Quick Meals to Make After Sport Practice

By TrueSport | March 02, 2021, 8 a.m. (ET)

Good news—research shows that kids who cook at home are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables. 

 

While getting in the kitchen and cooking healthy meals after practice might seem daunting and unreasonable, it doesn’t have to be hard with these quick and easy meals that will provide your young athlete with plenty of carbohydrates to refill glycogen stores, protein to promote rebuilding and recovery, and healthy fats that are essential to an athletes development—plus plenty of fiber and micronutrients to round out a healthy diet. 

 

Breakfast for Dinner: Super Quick Scramble

Its hard to beat brinner—breakfast for dinner—for an easy, quick meal after practice. A single-pan scramble is also a simple way to ensure that your athlete is getting carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and plenty of vegetables for fiber and micronutrients in a delicious plate that takes minutes to prepare. With seven grams of protein per egg and the opportunity to mix up the vegetables in this scramble, as well as the toppings, you can tailor this to your athletes preferences. Big practice? Add an extra egg or chop up some sliced turkey or chicken lunch meat to add extra protein. You can also toss in another potato or add a side of whole grain toast.

 

Ingredients:

2 eggs

2 small yellow potatoes

Vegetables: spinach, tomatoes, peppers, onions, broccoli (whatever is in the fridge or freezer, this is a great recipe to use leftovers!)

Optional toppings: cheddar cheese, salsa, avocado slices, hot sauce

 

Directions:

Heat skillet on medium heat, add olive oil

Scrub potatoes, then chop or grate into pan and cover

Allow potatoes to cook while chopping vegetables

Add vegetables to pan once potatoes begin to soften, stir occasionally

Crack eggs over potatoes and vegetables once vegetables have begun to wilt or soften

Allow eggs to fully cook before scooping onto a place and serving with whatever toppings your athlete prefers

 

(Love breakfast?Get more easy breakfast ideas right here.)

 

Quinoa Bowl with Tilapia

Tilapia is one of the speediest protein options and has a mild flavor that even picky eaters often accept. Combined with the nutty flavor that protein-and-carbohydrate powerhouse quinoa provides, tilapia is a great base for building out a bowl designed to make any athlete happy. For harder or longer practices, increase the amount of quinoa on the plate, and always make sure there are plenty of vegetables! (Feel free to mix up the toppings here. There are two different flavor palettes below, but your athlete might prefer something different!)

 

Ingredients:

Rice cooker

Tilapia filets

Quinoa

Olive oil

Topping option 1: soy sauce, sushi ginger slices, frozen package of Asian stir fry vegetables, fresh kale

Topping option 2: salsa, avocado slices or guacamole, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, frozen onion and pepper mix, fresh spinach

 

Directions :

In the rice cooker, measure out your desired amount of quinoa and water in a 1:2 ratio

In a pan on the stove, sauté your frozen vegetables in olive oil

When vegetables are hot, add spinach or kale and cover until they have wilted

Add tilapia filets to pan and cook thoroughly

Scoop into a bowl with quinoa and add toppings as desired

 

 

Kitchen Sink Stew

You cant beat a hearty stew for warming up an athlete after a hard outdoor practice in winter. Stew is also a great vehicle for all of those leftover vegetables wilting in the refrigerator, and the perfect way to provide hydration, protein, micronutrients, carbohydrates, and plenty of fiber in a single bowl. Added bonus: Its a great make-ahead meal for a busy week, with minimal prep or mess. 

 

Ingredients:

Slow cooker

One pack of frozen mixed vegetables (most brands offer a few different mixes, from Parisian to hearty stew to Italian medley, so choose the one that has the most vegetables that your kids like)

Vegetable stockbouilloncube (look for an organic, gluten-free option)

Frozen spinach

Frozen meatballs, pre-chopped chicken, or can of kidney beans

2 cans of diced tomatoes

Whole wheat macaroni noodles (or use gluten-free version if your athlete has a gluten sensitivity)

Add any other vegetables you have in the fridge or freezer that are starting to go limp or that you need to use up—this soup is a great way to finish off leftovers!

 

Directions :

Morning:

Chop and wash any whole, fresh vegetables

In your slow cooker, add a quart of water and all the ingredients except for the noodles

 

After practice:

Add noodles and allow them to simmer for the time required on the package

Salt and pepper to taste and serve

 

 

Healthier Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

It’s hard to beat the classic grilled cheese with a bowl of hearty tomato soup: Even as an adult, this meal is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and for a hungry athlete, it’s filling and satisfying any time of year. While the traditional option—white bread and American cheese with tomato soup from a can—is less-than-optimal from a health standpoint, there are a few tweaks to make this a perfectly healthy meal option.

 

  • Swap white bread for a whole-wheat or sprouted option for slower-burning carbohydrates
  • Add extra protein to your grilled cheese by putting a slice or two of turkey or chicken lunch meat into the sandwich
  • Add flavor by putting in chilis, pickled onions, chunks of tomato or other vegetables your athlete likes
  • Opt for a hard cheese like cheddar for the most flavor without using several servings of cheese per sandwich
  • Lower the amount of oil needed to fry your sandwich by getting a panini press
  • Stir a cube of frozen spinach into the tomato soup (or blend it in if you have a truly picky eater!)
  • Look for soups made with organic ingredients and skip the ones that are preservative and sodium-packed.

Takeaway

It’s no easy task to cook after getting home from your athlete’s practice, but these quick recipes will make it easier than ever!

 

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