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Healthy Snacks

Healthy Half-Time Snacks

During a game, it's most important to stay hydrated, so keep the water flowing. If kids need a half-time snack, make it something easy to grab, eat, and digest. Avoid salty foods, since they dehydrate instead of re-hydrating. The best half-time snack choice is fruit, since it contains lots of water and nutrients, and also has kid appeal!

Half-time snack suggestions

  • Bananas (cut in half for younger kids so they can peel and eat more quickly)
  • Orange slices
  • Clementines (be prepared to help little ones peel)
  • Grapes
  • Small slices or chunks of melon
  • Apple wedges (sprinkle with orange juice to prevent browning)

Healthy Snacks After a Game or Workout

Immediately following a game or intense practice, kids need lots of fluids to replace what they've lost to perspiration. Milk (including chocolate milk), fruit juice, and water are all good choices. If they've really been sweating, they also need sodium and potassium, which is why sports drinks contain these electrolytes.

Finally, carbohydrates and proteins help kids refuel and re-energize. While some sugar is OK, don't go overboard; it's not wise to reinforce the idea that sweets are a good way to reward yourself for a job well done.

If you're providing a team snack, find out if any children have allergies so you can avoid those dangerous foods.

Post-game snack suggestions

  • Fresh fruit (see list above) or applesauce
  • Fruit frozen into kabobs or pops
  • Dried fruit, including leathers or rolls made with 100% fruit
  • Fruit-flavored gelatin
  • Granola bars, but watch out for high calorie, fat, and sugar content
  • Cookies: Best choices are fig bars, oatmeal cookies, animal crackers
  • Crackers or bagels: Opt for whole-grain versions if you can; top with peanut butter, cheese, or low-fat cream cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Pudding
  • String cheese
  • Popcorn, pretzels, baked chips
  • Muffins (low-fat)
  • Trail mix (with dried fruit instead of candy; beware nut allergies)
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