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Top 5 Types of Cereals for Athletes

Yes, you read the title right. We wanted to share the top 5 cereals for athletes. Cereal is an easy way to fuel up. With cereal, you can make it healthier by adding in fruit and other foods. 

The first step toward making your cereal healthier is to choose one that’s made of whole grains. Whole grains are great sources of fiber. Here are five cereals that can help youth sports athletes fuel their bodies for optimal performance. 

Cereal for athletes

Whole Grain Cereal with Milk: 

    • Opt for whole-grain cereals with a good balance of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. Pairing it with milk adds additional protein and calcium, which are essential for muscle recovery and bone health. Look for options with minimal added sugars and artificial ingredients.
  • Granola: 

    • Granola is a nutrient-dense option that provides a mix of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. Look for varieties made with whole grains, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Pair it with yogurt or milk for added protein and calcium, or enjoy it as a topping for smoothie bowls or oatmeal.
  • Oatmeal: 

    • Oatmeal is a versatile and nutritious cereal option that provides complex carbohydrates for sustained energy. Choose plain oats and customize them with toppings such as fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Oatmeal is also rich in fiber, which aids digestion and helps keep athletes feeling full and satisfied.
  • High-Protein Cereal: 

    • Look for cereals specifically formulated to provide a higher protein content. These cereals often contain added protein from sources such as whey, soy, or pea protein. Pair them with milk or yogurt for a balanced meal that provides both carbohydrates and protein to support muscle recovery and growth.
  • Multigrain Cereal: 

    • Multigrain cereals offer a variety of grains such as wheat, oats, barley, and rice, providing a diverse range of nutrients and flavors. Look for options with whole grains listed as the first ingredient and minimal added sugars. Pair multigrain cereals with milk or yogurt and add fresh fruit for added vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

When selecting cereals for youth sports athletes, it’s important to prioritize options that provide a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to support energy levels, muscle recovery, and overall health. Additionally, be mindful of portion sizes and avoid cereals with excessive added sugars, artificial ingredients, and unhealthy fats.

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About the author: 

Amy Masters is a sports mom, coach, and club administrator. She has been coaching youth sports for more than 10 years. She started Jr Lions Field Hockey, the youth recreation program for the Hunterdon County community growing it from 40 players in year 1 to 150 players by year 3. A few years later, she saw the love and competitiveness grow then started Omega Field Hockey Club serving NJ and PA players. Before coaching, she was a collegiate field hockey player for Lock Haven University. In her spare time (lol), she is head of marketing for iSport360 and the co-editor of the Youth Sports Survival Guide. The Youth Sports Survival Guide is the largest youth sports newsletter in the world. 


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February 23, 2024

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