Healthy Snack Ideas
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
I know the snack bar at kids events is a fundraising venture. I also accept that the food served is going to generally include everything a kid likes. Having served in the snack bar for several years I must say the food is not something I want to ingest. Frankly, the food is junk, unhealthy, down right nasty. I am not going to make any friends here but the truth is the truth.
I think it is interesting that the food served at these events (to kids and athletes) is contrary to everything we tell our athlete to consume while training. In training we tell our wrestler, baseball player, volleyball, or any other athlete to feed their bodies with healthy carbohydrates, protein, and nutrients. In wrestling, my son watched his diet very closely; feeding it the right mixture of healthy, low-fat, low-salt foods to make it strong. But the food at the snack bar is full of sugar, fat, unhealthy carbohydrates, and even highly caffeinated drinks. For me, I think this is hypocritical.
My solution? To bring healthy food options from home. If you are like me and want to fuel your body (and your kids) with better food here are some ideas to pack on your next dance, sport, or activity.
Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.
George Bernard Shaw
What to Pack?
- Fruit — always a serving of fruit. Cantalope, watermelon, apples, bananas, whatever you and the kids like. Often these are high in fiber too.
- Protein — low-fat. Turkey sandwich with low-fat cheese, lots of vegetables; Cliff Bar (my son’s favorite), Chicken Wrap, Salad with Chicken or Turkey, etc., nuts
- Calcium — Low-fat / Non-fat yogurt, milk, etc.
- Carbs — Tortilla chips with flax seeds, pretzels, even plain popcorn
- Dips — I love to send peanut butter to dip pretzels, high fiber crackers, fruit (apples)
- Drink — Zero Waters or 0 calorie flavored waters are great. Plain water is perfect for the athlete as they need to hydrate often and well
- Treat — A little something extra is always nice. A cookie, brownie, small cupcake. Nothing too over the top but a little something is great!
A great, lasting benefit to changing the diet during the sporting season — the healthy eating continues AFTER the season is over. Once the habits are formed by parents and kids it is easy to keep them active. The kids will eat the same food for games as school — as long as mom and dad continue to stock the house with health food options.
I know this to be true because that’s what is happening in our home. No longer do we have cabinets filled with cookies and chips. Now we have veggie chips, pretzels, yogurt, fruit, and turkey.
You can do it and the reward is tremendous.