Sports can take a lot out of your athlete so it is really important to keep your kids well fueled with nutritious snacks. The below pre and post-game healthy snack ideas will help your kids stay energized all day and will help you avoid having to feed them junk food from the concession stand.
1. Fruit Cones Ingredients: Ice Cream Cones, Mixed Fruit, Yogurt Cut the fruits of your choice up into bite size pieces. Take your ice cream cone and put in a layer of your fixed fruit, then a spoonful of yogurt, then another layer of fruit and continue until you end with a layer of fruit at the top of your cone. Chill cones until you are ready to serve.
2. Fruit & Yogurt Brittle Ingredients: Greek Yogurt, Strawberries, Raspberries, Nuts Mix any combination of greek yogurt, diced fruit, nuts, or granola together in a bowl. Pour mixture into a foil lined pan and place in freezer until solid. Remove frozen mixture and foil from pan and cut into bite size bars.
3. Peanut Butter Banana Bites Ingredients: Bananas, Peanut Butter, Pretzels, Cereal Take your bananas and peel them. After they are peeled, you will want to cut the bananas into 3rds. Take a spoon and spread peanut butter over the bananas. Next you will want to crush whole grain cereal (you can also use cheerios, graham crackers or granola). Roll the peanut butter covered banana in the crushed cereal, place your pretzel stick into the banana bite and enjoy!
4. No Bake Energy Bites Ingredients: 1 cup (dry) oatmeal 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup 1 tsp. vanilla extract Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls that are about 1” in diameter. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Makes about 20-25 balls.
5. Peanut Butter & Honey Sushi Rolls Ingredients: 4 slices whole wheat bread 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup honey 2 Tablespoons chopped nuts 1/4 cup diced strawberries 4 skewers, optional Additional fresh fruit is optional Trim crusts from bread and gently flatten with a rolling pin. Spread each slice with 2 Tablespoons peanut butter and 2 Tablespoons honey. Sprinkle 2 bread slices with 1 Tablespoon nuts each. Sprinkle remaining slices with strawberries. Cut each slice in half. Firmly roll up each slice and serve, or thread the roll-ups and fruit onto skewers and serve as kabobs. Remember that on top of having a healthy snack it is also very important that your athlete stays hydrated as well. Water is the best thing they can drink before, after and during their sports practice or games. With all these healthy tips, your kids are sure to be the best they can be when they step on the field.