It's the season for kids' sports games. They can be a lot of fun, but they also mean you might have to pack some snacks! Whether it's soccer, basketball, or baseball, these healthy and fun snacks will help keep your kids fueled up for all their games.
Lately it seems when it comes to team snacks, parents typically bring something in individual packages. (Gone are the days of orange slices!). Here are some team snack ideas for you depending on the time of the practice/game. It's always a wise idea to ask the team if any child has any allergies or food restrictions and to plan accordingly.
After-School Games (That cut right into dinner time)
Many of us roll our eyes when we hear practice is going to be from 6-7:30 on a Tuesday. (So dinner will be either 4pm or 9pm!) :) So how do we manage this? If you're lucky enough to have time before it starts, we recommend giving dinner beforehand, no matter how early it is. Nothing wrong with a 4:30 dinner if they ate lunch at 11am at school. If you have to have dinner afterwards, be sure to bring a heavy snack that is satiating enough to keep their energy up. Here are some ideas to bring for your child or for the whole team:
- 6-ounce cartons of a variety of fruited yogurt or yogurt in a tube
- Peanut butter or almond butter sandwiches with natural fruit jam
- Turkey and/or cheese wraps cut into 1-inch slices for easy finger food
- String cheese and mini pretzels
- Applesauce pouches or cups
- Individual Hummus and Pretzel packs
- Protein Kids Bars (Z Bars, Kind Kids, etc)
- Bottles of cold water
Weekend Morning Games
It's hard to want to bring a bag of Cheese Crackers at 9am for a bunch of kids.(Even though many kids will love it!). Consider bringing some breakfast foods that you know kids will love.
- Mini cinnamon-raisin bagels with flavored cream cheese
- Blueberry Whole-grain Muffins
- Bananas (these are surprisingly popular!)
- Greek yogurt with a variety of toppings (homemade granola, chopped almonds or walnuts, dried fruit)
- Fruit & Berries, divided into individual bags or if you're feeling fancy, thread into fruit kabobs
- Cereal Or Fruit Bars
- Cartons of low-fat milk with baggies full of cereal
- 100% fruit juice boxes
It's almost impossible to avoid junk food when it comes to sports, but if you stay strong and bring healthy snacks, other parents will feel inspired to do the same. Let us know below what your child's favorite snacks are.