What I Feed My Baseball Player


My 11 year old son, Brayden, is a lot of things but foremost, he’s a ball player!

If you ask him what he wants to do when he grows up, he will tell you he’s going to play for the MLB, preferably with the Chicago Cubs. He currently plays for a competitive club ball 12u team as well as his Junior High School’s A-Team (which is their traveling game squad comprised of mostly 7th & 8th graders – Bray is 1 of 4 6th graders who made the team). Between club ball and school ball practices and games, Brayden easily plays 6-7 days/nights a week! Talk about an active kid, huh?

When he’s not at practice or games with his former MLB coaches, he’s in our backyard batting cage with my husband working on hitting and fielding, or preparing his little brother for T-Ball.

And at 11 years old his body is growing so quickly, so fueling it with the right stuff is super important to me as his mama.

Here’s what I feed my ball player each day:

Breakfast: A complete meal replacement IsaLean shake (he choses between chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, mocha, pumpkin spice, cookies and cream and sometimes fun combinations) that has 24g of undenatured protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, is gluten-free, soy-free and low glycemic, has energy-fueling carbs, good fats, active enzymes for easy digestion, natural ingredients with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, and no trans fat and promotes healthy weight and lean muscle building. This is perfect because mornings are usually pretty hectic for us – I’m NOT a morning person and my daughters take forever to get ready. Brayden – on the other hand – rolls out of bed, showers, makes his breakfast shake (which takes less than a minute), packs his lunch, grabs his backpack and baseball gear and is out the door!

Lunch: Brayden takes a packed lunch to school which usually consists of a turkey sandwich (meat cut from deli vs processed packaged meat and ezekiel bread or whole grain vs. white bread), organic fruits like sliced apples, blueberries, pears and grapes, fresh organic veggies like carrots, celery, broccoli, sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, and other favorites like boiled eggs, salad with homemade vinaigrette, hummus dip, and cheese.

Snacks: Bray attends school from 7:40 am – 3:48 pm Mondays – Thursdays (and no school Fridays) with school practice from 4 pm – 6 pm, and club ball practice from 6 pm to 8 pm on some nights. Throughout the day, he snacks on additional fresh fruits and veggies, as well as IsaLean Bars (18-19g of high quality protein through whey or plant-based protein depending on the flavor he choses, energy-fueling carbs, and good fats for sustained energy) and Whey Thins (chips that are gluten free, 100 calories and support lean muscle maintenance because they are packed with a combo of high-quality protein, good fats and carbs).

Dinner: Bray comes home and eats whatever our family had for the night. I typically follow a meal plan and prep dinners on Sundays so all meals are in the fridge or freezer ready to be heated up. I use Meal Garden for most of my dinner recipes except for the occasional pizza and ice cream nights. Don’t get me wrong though – I’m no supermom, so there’s also the occasional nights we whip up some mac mac & cheese (my littlest’s FAV) or drive-thru Whataburger… and my kiddos are still allowed candy and juice from the snackbar at games (Bray waits until after his games), but for the most part, we eat a healthy, balanced diet – and of all my kids, Brayden is the most health conscious because he wants to keep up his athletic performance. This is his choice – it’s not anything that’s forced upon him. I am, however, so proud of his decisions!

Drinks: Keeping my boy hydrated is a big deal! It’s winter time right now, but during our Arizona summers, we get temps of up to 120 degrees. With Brayden being so active and sweating so much, its important that he stays hydrated to keep his muscles working and avoid fatigue. He drinks 7-8 cups of water a day, but that’s usually not enough for how active he is. Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade are popular with athletes and kids for a boost during activity and because they are designed to replace fluids and increase the glucose (sugar) circulating in the blood. These drinks provide carbs for energy and minerals to replace lost electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium). BUT, these sports drinks also contain 34g of added sugar (a 20 oz Gatorade has as much sugar as 13 Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses), is made up of mostly chemically treated and refined sugar, artificial colors and other ingredients such as fertilizer ingredients, wood shavings and flame retardants. img_3645Their ingredients have been linked to obesity, heart disease, ADHD, thyroid issues, cancer, hyperactivity, toxicity and allergies. This drink contains NO juice! YUM, huh? Umm, no thanks! Did you know that Gatorade has been banned by Whole Foods Market?

So what do I give my athlete for hydration?

AMPED Hydrate, that’s what!

Available in 3 yummy flavors (refreshing grape, lemon lime and juicy orange), AMPED Hydrate supports hydration and faster recovery, helps sustain performance, and naturally hydrates and replenishes nutrients (all the vitamins, electrolytes and water that the body loses during physical activity). The glycogen complex in AMPED Hydrate delivers optimal levels of carbs athletes need, and this sports drink is enriched with vitamins C and B-complex WITHOUT any artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. It is perfect for all ages and is also Informed Sport Certified (has been tested for banned substances so even professional competitive athletes can rest assured they are fueling their bodies with the best hydration). AMPED Hydrate is soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian. One serving is only 35 calories (vs Gatorade’s 130 calories), 8g sugar (vs Gatorade’s 34g), 9g carbs (vs. Gatorade’s 34g), vitamins and minerals (vs. Gatorade’s no vitamins and minerals), and no artificial colors (vs Gatorade’s, depending on the flavor. The artificial colors they use are excitotoxins!)

Brayden carries sticks of AMPED Hydrate (formerly called Replenish) in his backpack and ball bag to add to his water bottle, and if he’s filling up a large jug of water, he scoops from the small canister that also fits in his bags so this mama can rest assured that he’s staying hydrated which means less fatigue and less injuries for my amazing little baseball player! (FYI, my whole family drinks this stuff too on a daily basis, and especially when working out. During summertime, I freeze some into popsicles).

So there you have it, that’s what I feed my ball player to help keep his body fueled.

If you are interested in the nutrition Bray (and our whole fam, including our 4, 5 and 10 year old kids) have been using the past 4 years such as our meal replacement IsaLean shake, IsaLean Bars, Whey Thins and AMPED Hydrate, you can shop those on my affiliate site HERE. I am an Independent Associate and would love to answer any questions for you, help set up a wholesale account for your family, or even show you how you can eat for free, which is what we do and also how make residual income as a stay-home-mom. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions, or you can shop on your own HERE (but don’t forget to “sign up & Save”) for more savings or use the links throughout my post!

With love, – JD

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  1. Misty | 7th Dec 18

    I think I would like to eat like he does! Looks so healthy and packed with protein. I love having a shake in the morning – I can put a lot of time and effort into lunch and dinner but in the mornings I am on autopilot! Thanks for sharing

  2. Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes | 7th Dec 18

    Mm, this looks like some gorgeous healthy food. Love a good meal with a lot of colours!
    That shake looks really tasty, also!

  3. Lindsey Puls | 7th Dec 18

    Wow! This looks like some amazing meals! And this is the first I’ve heard of AMPED. I’ll have to check that out!

  4. Michelle Broadnax | 7th Dec 18

    That shake actually looks really delicious. Would be easy to whip up in the morning while running out the front door to work!

    Thanks for sharing! x


  5. kanishka | 8th Dec 18

    This is such a well thought out healthy food plan! Never heard of AMPED before.

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