If you have ever or plan to be snack mom for your kids game or practice, you may be wondering what are the best snacks to enhance their performance, Here’s some information I found very useful in planning my kids snack bags.
The first thing anyone bringing snacks to a team is to make sure there are no allergies on the team. You want to make sure that all of the kids will be able to enjoy your snack ideas.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that you will be giving the kids fuel to keep going on the field. If you asked the kids what kind of snack they want, they will always say cookies, ice cream or candy. But realistically that is not the best “fuel” for their bodies. So avoid the extra-sweet foods like soda, candy and sports drinks. And think about foods that are low-fat and high in protein or fiber.
Here are some suggestions:
Pre-game snacks or meals – It’s a good idea to fuel up with carbohydrates one to two hours before a game or practice. Whole-grains, pasta or brown rice, crackers, fruit, veggies, turkey or yogurt are good suggestions before a game.
Half-time snacks – during a game the most important thing to do is stay hydrated. And nothing is better for that then water. So keep the water handy. As far as snacks, keep it simple.
Half-time snack suggestions:
Post-game snacks – After an intense workout or game, kids need a lot of fluids to replace everything lost during the game. Surprisingly milk, including chocolate milk, and water are really good choices. Again try and stay away from sugar. A little is ok but don’t go overboard.
Post-game snack suggestions:
Fresh or frozen fruit
Dried fruit, including roll-ups
Granola bars (low in calories and sugar)
Peanut Butter Crackers
Popcorn, pretzels, baked chips
Trail mix with dried fruit
Thanks to About.com for these suggestions!