Nutritious snacks are probably not the first thing you pack when you are getting ready to hit the road for another youth sports trip. But quite honestly, they should be a top priority on your to-do list as you pack up for the excursion.
These healthy options for are perfect for the car ride and for when you are at the games. Yes, it may mean a little more work than just running to the snack bar at the park or going through a fast-food drive-through for a quick pick-me-up, but nutritious snacks are the best thing for your child. And besides, good nutrition boosts performance!
1. Diced fruit: watermelon, cantalope, melons, and undiced fruit: blueberries, grapes, etc.
2. Homemade trail mix (mix raisins, almonds, granola, nuts, dried fruit). Put into snack-size baggies for the kids.
3. Carrot or celery sticks with hummus
4. Hard boiled or deviled eggs
5. Individual boxes of whole grain cereal with milk
7. Nuts and sunflower seeds
8. Yogurt tubes frozen and kept in a cooler
9. Rice cakes
10. Small backs of pre-slice apples found in produce section
11. Individual bags of dried cranberries, usually found at grocery warehouses.
12. Tortilla rollups, made at home, with peanut butter and honey or fruit
13. Half a sandwich, made with lean meat and cheese or peanut butter and honey
14. String cheese
15. Low sugar, healthy granola bars.
16. Homemade fruit juice bars, kept frozen in cooler (here’s a great recipe for two-ingredient creamsicles)
17. Homemade granola (this recipe is my favorite and I make it every week or so!)
18. Frozen banana bites: another easy, homemade treat!
19. Individual oatmeal cups: easy recipe for breakfast or snack.
20. No-bake oatmeal energy bites: great for taking on the go.
Remember that the best drink to accompany these snacks is water. If you are looking at alternatives, read labels and look for real fruit options that are low on added sugar. Be choosy about what you serve your young athletes to help them stay healthy on and off the field!
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