Healthy Snack Choices for Day of Game!

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by Chris No Comments

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
  • Raisins
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels

— 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
— Caffeine
— Sodium

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!

 

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