Any nutritionist you ask will say the key to a productive day for any athlete is to start with a balanced breakfast. But if you are staring a weekend of baseball in the face, you know a good breakfast will only get you so far.
So packing a day of healthy snacks is just as important. So here are a few really good ideas.
— A great source of protein during a long day is peanut butter. Whether you pack a few peanut butter sandwiches, or put together peanut butter and whole grain crackers, it works as a great pick me up.
— The fruit kabob makes a fun and creative snack for kids. Pick up wooden skewers and your kids favorite snacks. Put together pineapple chunks, grapes, strawberries, and a little cheese for a nice variety.
— A bag of homemade Trail Mix is not only nutritious but it gets the kids involved in eating healthy. Some ingredients to consider:
- Chocolate covered raisins or almonds
- Honey roasted cashews, peanuts or almonds
- Pumpkin seeds
— If you have a cooler, pack Yogurt tubes for a quick boost of energy! My kids love these. It’s easy and can be eaten between innings.
— Individual packages of carrots also make great snacks. Bring a container of ranch dressing and you have made a meal of it.
— String cheese is also a great option for a little Vitamin D. And kids love cheese!
While these ideas do not replace a well-balanced meal, it does help if you are running around from tournament to tournament looking for a quick pick-me-up. And don’t forget the water or Gatorade. Nothing quenches a thirst better than these beverages.
A few things to avoid:
— Fast food
You can never be too prepared for a day of sports. But bringing your own food guarantees healthy eating and saving a ton of money. Wait until the end of your day to splurge on ice cream or pizza!