Hammer Nutrition products are ideal for active children; in fact, they provide high-quality calories that young, growing bodies need to thrive. Kids don't need more sugar, salt and citric acid! Hammer Nutrition fuels contain no refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, no artificial colors, and no preservatives. Providing effective products made purely with healthy, all- natural ingredients has been our top priority since 1987 - and that's exactly why so many parents already rely only on Hammer Nutrition for their young athletes, and you should too.
Hammer Gel comes in eight delicious, kid-pleasing, non-caffeinated flavors (out of the 10 available flavors, only Espresso and Tropical contain caffeine). Among sports drinks, HEED is undeniably a better choice than the plethora of sugar-filled, artificially colored and sweetened sports/energy drinks available. HEED contains the complex carbohydrate maltodextrin (not refined sugars) and two natural sweeteners - xylitol and stevia - which are not only safe, but also beneficial to teeth and gums.
While most young athletes will be able to fulfill their electrolytic mineral needs from HEED, the use of Endurolytes or Endurolytes Fizz during hot-weather workouts and races is certainly acceptable. With their low-sodium, full-spectrum electrolyte formulas, either of these two products are a far better choice than salt-saturated sports drinks or salt tablets. One scoop of HEED provides the equivalent of one Endurolytes capsule or 1/2 tablet of Endurolytes Fizz, which is usually quite sufficient for younger athletes. However, when the weather is super hot, additional electrolyte support may be necessary. For that, we suggest 1 Endurolytes tablet or 1/2 Endurolytes Fizz per 50 pounds of body weight.
For adults and kids, proper recovery is vital for strengthening muscle tissue and for maintaining a healthy immune system. Recoverite is ideal for this purpose. It contains high-quality complex carbohydrates, whey protein isolate (the best protein source for rebuilding muscle tissue and boosting the immune system), and the multi-beneficial amino acid, glutamine.
Most energy bars are nothing more than glorified candy bars loaded with refined sugar, saturated fat, artificial sweeteners, and other undesirable ingredients. Hammer Bars are quite the opposite. They not only taste great, but they're also made with 100% wholesome ingredients. Hammer Bars are loaded with healthy, non-GMO, organic ingredients with no added refined sugars. Plus, they carry USDA organic and non-dairy kosher certifications.
Much of the time, children receive daily adequate amounts of protein through their daily diet. These are the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for protein:
- Children 7-10 years old - 28 grams/ day
- Males 11-14 years old - 45 grams/ day
- Females 11-14 years - 46 grams/day
If and when additional protein becomes necessary, or if a liquid snack is desired, both Hammer Soy and Hammer Whey are great choices - especially for mixing into tasty, nutritious smoothies using fresh or frozen organic fruit. Hammer Soy contains 100% GMO-free soy protein isolate, while Hammer Whey contains the highest quality whey protein isolate available, sweetened with natural flavors and the healthy sweetener stevia.
THE HAMMER NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS
While most Hammer Nutrition supplements are intended for adult use, we believe that several of them are highly beneficial to children, as well.
Recent studies show that food alone does not supply all of the micronutrients we need to prevent deficiency, let alone achieve optimal health. And very few of us have consistent access to fresh, locally grown foods. Instead, much of our diet comes from foods grown far away, picked when unripe, and then shipped. That's why we suggest that everyone - adults and children - eat the best possible diet and supplement with the following:
Premium Insurance Caps - provides all of the necessary vitamins and minerals, plus some beneficial auxiliary nutrients. Our suggested dose is one capsule per 25 pounds of body weight daily.
Phytomax - Getting kids to eat an appropriate amount of vegetables on a daily basis often can be a real chore. Phytomax, a goldmine of concentrated vegetable nutrition, doesn't replace fresh vegetables. It does, however, help bridge the gap between what your child may be consuming vegetable-wise and what they should be consuming. One or two Phytomax capsules daily is a good way to augment your child's vegetable intake, ensuring they receive adequate supplies of all of the beneficial components (especially the vegetable-specific phytonutrients) that fresh vegetables contain.
EndurOmega - Regularly consuming the omega-3 essential fatty acids (DHA and EPA) that make up fish oil has many benefits. For children, perhaps the most important benefit is proper brain development. One to two soft gel capsules daily is a great way to ensure that your children receive all of the benefits that fish oils provide.
Digest Caps - Has your child been on a course of antibiotics? If so, it's important to re-establish healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. One capsule of Digest Caps, which contains four powerfully beneficial strains of healthy bacteria, is the ideal way to help tip the scales in favor of the "good guys." This is a product that doesn't necessarily need to be used daily, but in certain circumstances - such as after a course of antibiotics - Digest Caps is the ideal "go to" product.
NOTE: We recommend that before you start your children on any supplement program, you first receive approval from their health care professional. HN
Steve's nearly three decades of involvement in the sports nutrition industry, as well as more than 20 years of independent research in nutritional fueling and supplementation, have given him unmatched familiarity with the myriad product choices available to athletes. - Steve's Full Bio