HEALTHY SNACKS FOR A WEEKEND OF SPORTING EVENTS
Happy Spring! Although spring is being fickle here in New Hampshire, this weekend marks the start of baseball for my youngest son. Double headers on both weekend days! LOVE IT!
Many of us find ourselves attending multiple games in a day with little time for regular meals. Properly fueling our young athletes (and ourselves) is essential for optimum performance on the field.
Tournaments and multiple game events have become common-place in youth sports, often with very little time between events for a proper meal. Providing easily digestible snacks is key to helping your athlete maintain their focus, energy and endurance until the final whistle is blown. Dust off your cooler (with wheels) and let’s figure out what to pack to keep everyone happy and full!
SNACK IDEAS FOR A DAY ON THE FIELDS
Tried and true foods are the best way to go. Sticking to a combination of familiar, easily digestible carbohydrates and proteins will help to avoid cramps and upset stomachs. Often kids do not want (or have time) for an actual meal and providing healthy balanced snacks will help them power thru the day
Water should be the liquid of choice. Sports drinks are loaded in sugar and artificial colors. If it is very hot, try diluting a sports drink with water.
Often kids don’t want a whole piece of fruit but will grab a few bites of cut up watermelon, cantaloupe and berries. Frozen grapes are cool, refreshing and great hydrators.