Spring is here, and Boosterthon families are kicking off a new season of sports and activities. I don’t know about you, but three things come to mind when I think of spring sports: packed bleachers, grass stains, and every child’s favorite—the post-game snack.
So, what do you do when you are in charge of bringing the post-game snack and want to avoid junk food? Try these four snacks that are easy to make, refuel your athletes, and are great alternatives to pre-packaged foods.
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
Cut up some fresh fruit, grab some cheese cubes, and you have a creative and nutritious post-game snack. Some great fruits to use are apples, grapes, strawberries, and pineapple. Skewer them and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to keep these in a cooler during the game!
Some trail mix can be unhealthy, so when choosing your trail mix, stick with the following to have a healthy snack that offers a quick punch of nutrition:
Healthy nuts: Almonds are a favorite, but walnuts and peanuts are also good choices.
Dried fruit: give your mix a taste of sweet without the refined sugar. Raisins and craisins are traditional options, but add banana chips for a fun change.
Seeds: Sunflower and pumpkin seeds compliment any trail mix by contributing a good dose of protein.
Dark Chocolate (if you’ve got a sweet tooth): Add a sweet treat to your mix with a heart-healthy spoonful of dark chocolate pieces.
After an exhilarating game, a cool, refreshing popsicle hits the spot. The best part? You can make these at home with 100% real fruit. All you need is a blender, ice, fruit and non-fat yogurt. Blend it together, put in a cup, plop in a stick, freeze, and enjoy. Remember to keep them frozen in a cooler during the game. Here is a list of 100 recipes for homemade popsicles. The only question is, which flavor do you try first?
Looking for something sweet and packed with a blast of energy? No-Bake energy bites are a great solution. Follow this easy recipe and check out more recipes like this.
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
And if you’re crunched for time, the proverbial orange slices and bananas are excellent for a jolt of vitamin C and potassium. As you plan out your post-game snacks, we hope you will use this list, and others like it, to give your kids’ healthy options they can enjoy.
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