Somewhere along the line in our busy active kids and busy working parents schedule, soccer snacks turned into packaged processed treats and water got sent to the sidelines to be replaced with sugar filled ‘juice’ boxes or artificially coloured ‘punch’ in a pouch.
While these options may be quick to grab at the store on the way to the game, they are not doing anything for our kids health. We make sure they are staying active by enrolling them in soccer, so why are we filling them with artificial sugar and processed foods at half time?
With a bit of planning we can give kids a soccer snack that will replenish their energy stores to keep them on the field and hydrate them without the sugar fix. A simple bag of apples handed out at half time will give the kids real food, fiber and energy from the natural sugar in the fruit without the added chemicals from artificial colours and flavours.
These soccer snacks will have players and parents cheering long after the game is over.
Top 5 Healthy Halftime Soccer Snacks
Don’t fill your cooler with frozen popsicles or freezes laden with artificial ingredients. Surprise them with chunks of watermelon or grapes from the freezer!
Fruit is transformed from ‘fine’ to ‘fabulous’ when it’s on a stick! Watermelon, strawberries, grapes, apples, oranges, mango and cantaloupe all make a great fruit kebobs and your little soccer player can help you assemble them.
Real Fruit Juice
Buy a clear jug and fill it with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lemon slices and lime wedges then fill with ice water. Who wouldn’t want real fruit juice after a hot half on the soccer pitch? The longer it sits, the more the flavours will come out.
Cut bananas in half lengthwise and top with non peanut spread (like Wow Butter) and add a few chocolate chips. Kids get all the energy boosting benefits from the banana, protein from the soy butter and a sweet treat from the chocolate chips. Can be cut into chunks, frozen or served as is.
Throw together some whole grain, low sugar dry cereal you have on hand, dried fruit and the odd mini chocolate chip for a bowl of snacks everyone will crowd around. High fibre, low sugar cereals such as wheat squares, toasty o’s and corn squares combined with dried apricots, cherries, cranberries or blueberries and a few chocolates for fun, makes a healthy munchie mix sure to please a crowd.
Be the snack super star this soccer season by bringing the kids fruit served in a fun new way. You may be amazed to learn kids love eating healthy snacks at halftime!
BIO: Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails. She contributes Family Health articles to many websites and magazines and ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active. Find more inspiring tips on her website and follow her on both Twitter @Deb_Lowther and Pinterest.