Snacks have become an expected ‘treat’ for kids at sports events and in between meals. Sometimes having too many of these ‘so called’ healthy packaged snacks leaves no room for a nutritious dinner.
By offering healthy snacks that are fun and fruity during summer get togethers, play dates and soccer games keeps both parents and kids satisfied and fuelled while still leaving room for the next meal.
It seems that somewhere along the line our busy active kids and busy working parents schedules took priority and snacks turned into packaged processed treats and water as the drink of choice got sent to the sidelines to be replaced with sugar filled ‘juice’ boxes or artificially coloured ‘punch’ in a pouch. These low nutrient, high sugar options are not healthy choices for our growing children! With a bit of planning and a tiny amount of effort we can give kids a snack that will replenish their energy stores to keep them on the playground or splashing in the pool and hydrate them without the sugar fix. A simple bowl of apples will give the kids vitamins, fiber and natural sugar without the added chemicals from artificial colours and flavours.
You might be surprised to learn that kids love healthy snacks!
There are lots of healthy snack idea’s perfect for the soccer game or a playdate but these are our favourites that will keep the kids going to the last goal and have all the parents cheering from the sidelines!
Watermelon cubes & grapes . . . frozen!
Don’t fill your cooler with frozen popsicles or freezes laden with artificial ingredients. Surprise them with chunks of watermelon and grapes from the freezer!
Fruit is transformed from ‘fine’ to ‘funtastic’ when it’s on a stick! Watermelon, strawberries, grapes, apples and cantaloupe all make great fruit kebobs and it only take a second to prepare.
Festive Fruit Water
Buy a clear jug and fill it with strawberries, blueberries, lemon slices and lime wedges then fill with ice water. Who wouldn’t want to try that 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 soy 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.
Throw together some healthy dry cereal you have on hand, dried fruit and the odd mini M&M 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 coloured 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, just adding a stick and serving it as a kebob brings new life to boring fruit! You will be amazed at how much kids enjoy eating healthy snacks at halftime!