Whether your player is training at-home or starting to attend in-person clinics or games, they are going to need a healthy snack for fuel. Luckily, there are lots of inexpensive and fun options that you can prepare in minutes. These options are equally fast and easy, as well as tasty and healthy.
- TRAIL MIX: The nuts and fruit will keep everyone feeling full and satisfied while the candy pieces provide fast energy. If the bulk section of your grocery store is open you can save a lot of money by mixing it yourself. Create a customized mix and let your child help to choose the ingredients, then you can mix it, and package it into individual baggies as a family activity.
- FRUIT: Fruit is one of the healthiest, most kid-friendly snacks out there. Great options for the summer season: sliced melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew), cherries, apples, grapes, bananas, and strawberries. On a hot day, try freezing the grapes or berries for a cool and refreshing snack.
- DRIED FRUIT: If cutting apples feels like too much work to you, try dried fruit. Another option you can find in the bulk section if it’s open for a lot less money and it can be packaged into individual baggies for easy distribution. Some favorite dried fruits include cinnamon apples, strawberries, bananas, and peaches.
- CHEESE: String cheese pairs well with just about any kind of fruit and is a kid favorite. Even better, it comes in individual, easy to distribute portions. You could also try slicing some cheddar and bringing along whole-grain crackers to go with it. If you are feeling creative, try using cookie cutters to make the cheese into fun shapes.
- HUMMUS & VEGGIES: Individually packed hummus and carrot sticks are a fast and healthy way to mix vegetables with essential vitamins and protein. They are sold pre-packaged in the produce aisle at most major grocery chains or specialty stores. Or you can buy them separately and spend a few minutes assembling portions in advance.
- SPORTS DRINKS:: Staying hydrated throughout the summertime is incredibly important. Electrolytes from drinks such as Gatorade help regulate muscle function and hydrate the body. If you’re concerned about sugar, try mixing water with your favorite sports drink. This will add flavor and help to replenish electrolytes, plus, kids love it!However your athlete is spending this summer, diversifying their snacking repertoire will add variety and introduce them to new and healthy foods. Happy snacking!