Nutrition Library - The Youth Academy

The Complexities of Nutrition Made Simple

Nutrition is far more complex than it needs to be. And this couldn't be truer when it comes adolescents and young athletes, for whom, many nutritional aspects are often taken out of context. A "cookie cutter" approach is used, and everyone is thrown in the same basket - which has the potential to be quite damaging

That's why we focus solely on Five Simple Nutrition Principles. Easy to understand and implement - they're created solely with teens and young athletes in mind

The REAL Truth About Carbohydrates & Young Athletes

There's an unfair stigma around carbs in today's society... and it's causing damage in the way adolescents and young athletes are viewing both food and themselves

It's time the focus was taken off diets and how we look, as that's a terrible way to 'value' ourselves

Instead, you need to focus on how you fuel your body, how you're growing, how you're feeling, and how you're performing in training and on the field/court

For The Good of The Next Generation, It's Time We Said NO To Diets...

The word "diet" is causing more harm than is possibly imaginable. And for the good of the next generation(s), it's time we said NO to "diet's" and left them behind in 2017

We need to stop viewing food as a tool we use to shape our bodies, and view it instead as the tool that will fuel our lives


Everything Protein, Adolescents & Young Athletes

Our consumption of protein is increasing, and yet people are unaware that the body will only absorb so much and the excess is excreted in the urine...

How much protein do kids really need... 
Does this increase with resistance training & sport, and if so, by how much... 
What is a protein, and what are some great sources...

AND a simple little protein tip for Vegetarians that many are not aware of

Champions Don't Eat Cereal for Breakfast

Regardless of what you think and what you see on social/TV, the champions of today don't eat cereal for breakfast...

In today's video, we have 4 incredibly easy and highly nutritious breakfast options that will also give kids some basic cooking skills they'll need for life

Supplements, Young Athletes, and Adolescents

Supplements are marketed incredibly well, and with adolescents and young athletes being impressionable, they're often seen as the secret key to the results they desire

But is this truly the case... And do young athletes require them at all


Everything Energy Drinks, Young Athletes & Adolescents

Marketed as a pick-me-up, energy- and mood-booster... energy drinks are the drink of choice for many young athletes and adolescents

Are they simply a mask for underlying problems with energy levels however... a band-aid being used to cover foundational problems with nutrition and sleep

Proper Principles for Pre-Game & Pre-Training Nutrition

One of the most common questions we're asked when it comes to nutrition is "how do I eat before a game or training?"... it's as if people think that there's some perfect food or perfect combination that is magically going to improve performance

And in this video, we go deep into the rabbit hole of what you should focus on in this aspect

The Truth About Gluten, Young Athletes & Adolescents

Gluten has been given a bad wrap lately - and many young athletes & adolescents are questioning going gluten-free in the hopes of increased overall health & better performance

But did you know that many of the symptoms associated with gluten intolerance are the same as those associated with the much more common IBS and IBD...


The Real Truth About Protein Supplements & Young Athletes

Do you remember the story of Little Miss Muffett and how she sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey?

Well, whey is simply a component of milk... it's the liquid left behind after the milk has been curdled and strained. And it's this 'whey' that is engineered into powder form to make everyone's beloved protein supplement

And this is a truth that all young athletes and adolescents need to know - protein supplements aren't essential, nor are they a magical, missing ingredient that is going to guarantee them success...

Cold's, Flu's, and The Power of Nutrition

Winter is almost here, and that means runny noses, coughs, and severely decreased energy levels

Especially when it comes to young athletes & adolescents, you'll know as well as us that they're great at doing things that get themselves sick 😂 😂

The good news though, is that you can use nutrition to protect yourself from these unwanted symptoms and to speed up the recovery process to get back to what you love doing quicker

The Performance Enhancing Effects of Caffeine

WADA almost added the humble caffeine to its list of banned substances at the beginning of this year - which is a testament to its phenomenal performance enhancing effects

In this short (v)article, we delve into these effects, the reason they come about, and if young athletes should even be considering utilising it... 

*HINT* if you're under the age of 18, we apologise, as you probably will not like our answer 😂 😂


The Biggest Mistake We All Make When It Comes To Nutrition...

There's a HUGE mistake we're all making when it comes to nutrition that's setting a terrible example for this next generation of young athletes & adolescents...

And it's focusing on, and thinking that, the only things that truly matter are macronutrients & total calories. And this view takes importance away from the vital micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, that are essential to our growth, performance, and recovery…

Does Protein Equal "Healthy"...

Many young athletes today are being led to believe that higher protein options, or choosing "high protein" snacks are the healthier option to take

Is this truly the case though... Especially in regards to pre-packaged snacks where the protein source may not be the best... and what about what else is in these "high protein" snacks

Does protein equal "healthy"... In short. No. Not it does not

The Key To Recovery Nutrition

Training or competing isn't over until recovery nutrition has been taken care of...

It's the missing component to most young athletes arsenal. They, and their parents; cannot comprehend the importance this plays in recovery, growth, development, and eliciting the proper training effect

Step your recovery nutrition up to help take yourself to the next level


The Unseen Dangers of Alcohol Use in Young Athletes & Adolescents

Alcohol use within adolescents is a very heated and controversial topic... We know of all the general "consequences" that come with it, like slurred speech, etc... And we know there will be social & peer pressures placed upon adolescents during these years

And yet, development is still occurring both physically and mentally at this stage of life - so what are some of the unseen dangers that alcohol use poses on young athletes & adolescents

Is Hydration As Important During The Winter Months As It Is In The Summer...

We know that 2% dehydration increases heart rate, increases glycogen use, decreases mental acuity, and increases our perception of fatigue...

But what we don't know is that just because winter brings cooler weather, doesn't mean hydration is any less important than in the summer months...

One Simple Way To Turn Any Weeknight Dinner Into A Nutritional Powerhouse

Time is of the essence these days - and convenient dinners are part and parcel of our lives

And the humble veggie has the power to turn any meal into a nutritional powerhouse, with barely any time needed to prepare them…


A Guide To Understanding & Reading Food Labels

Do you get confused when it comes to trying to understand and read food labels? 
Don't worry, you're not alone...

We believe this to be a fundamental pillar in helping young athletes gain control of their nutrition. And this short (v)article gives a good guide to go off :D 

Muscling Down On Energy Intake

Contrary to popular belief, protein isn't the be-all-end-all when it comes to gaining weight and muscle mass

In fact, there are two other key nutritional aspects that young athletes & adolescents should focus on if this is their goal... 

And Academy Dietitian Hanna has come up with the perfect little analogy to help them understand that Coach Nick explains here

Are Eggs An Eggcellent Choice…

Eggs have been given a bad wrap in the past due to their higher cholesterol content and the thought of "correlation" between cholesterol and CVD's...

This isn't the case, however, and many young athletes are missing out on the most biologically available source of protein, as well as 11 essential vitamins and minerals

Science has found the cholesterol in eggs won't necessarily increase cholesterol levels in the body... so enjoy your eggs - the whole egg - and not just the whites


What Happens When We Get Sports Nutrition Wrong...

In essence, nothing good as the body enters a relative energy deficiency - RED - whereby the body alters it's functions to deal with the insufficient energy to meet demands

This, in turn, can have negative effects such as delayed bone formation, delayed growth, decreased abilities to recover from training, impaired cognitive function, and much more...