10 Incredibly Healthy Soccer Snacks
Creative Ideas for a Sensible Soccer Snack List
Although there are a zillion packaged snacks to be found on grocery shelves, most of them are high in sugar, high in fat, and lacking the most important element… real, nutritional value. Soccer snacks need to be easy, quick and handy, but convenience doesn’t mean you can’t sneak some better-for-you options into your soccer season. Fortunately, healthy options other than orange slices and bananas do exist. All it takes is a little bit of planning and getting everyone on board with a good-for-you game plan.
Think of a soccer snack as a mini-meal that helps provide nutrients and the energy children need to learn, focus and play well. These snacks are “list toppers” as they have more nutrients than traditional snacks, and many have more “staying” power to keep kids full longer during a practice or a game – not to mention plenty of kid-appeal.
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10 Healthy Soccer Snacks for your Soccer Team Snack List
1. For a quick pick-me-up, offer hearty mini-sandwiches out of whole grain crackers topped with a squeeze of peanut butter, lunch meat or cheese.
2. An all time favorite is the fruit kabob. Simply put pineapple chunks, grapes and cheese on skewers. They have the taste kids love and nutrition you can feel good about.
3. For a real energy boost, cut half a bagel into four’s and fill with peanut butter or strawberry cream cheese. If you can get a sweet deal on strawberries, add a single slice to each sandwich.
4. A real satisfying snack of an easy home-made trail mix goes a long way. You can create your own sweet and savory mix and pack it with healthy, all-natural ingredients:
5. Jump start a great second half with no-sugar added applesauce and whole grain fig Newtons. Try the strawberry or apple Newtons for a yummy twist.
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6. For a big nutrition boost, frozen yogurt tubes are a great grab-and-go snack. They are easy to keep cold in a cooler and they travel very well.
7. A fruit salad of crunchy bite-sized mandarin oranges, peaches, apples or pears is fresher, more flavorful and always very popular. Toss it with just the right amount of wildflower honey and see how they like it.
9. Low-fat cheese sticks or individually wrapped cheese squares are fun to eat and provide plenty of protein that will keep your little ones feeling satisfied much longer.
10. How about a batch of hearty banana muffins? If you're in a hurry and need to use a box recipe, add extra bananas and use applesauce instead of oil. Kids especially love muffins when they are crispy on the outside and tender and moist inside— yum!
Always remember to check with parents and the coach about any potential food allergies before prepping any team snacks. If you know ahead of time what ingredients to avoid, you can easily substitute out for common allergies like nuts, dairy and gluten.
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Posted by danielle anson on Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:48 PM EST
lots of good ideas here...sick of the packaged Doritos/Cheetos/Chips served by the team! ;)
Posted by Mandy Mann on Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:48 AM EST
Most parents I know that have children with moderate to severe food allergies bring their own snacks for their kids due and they are happy to do it. If you can make fresh fruit and fresh snacks, non-packaged it is the best for the kids.
Posted by Alisha Anderson on Fri May 3, 2013 10:16 AM EST
My daughter is sick of oranges an mentioned bananas. I feel like oranges are better for middle of the game snack. Does anyone have best nutrition & value snack, while satisfying 13-14 yr old girls? I like the bagle idea but I'm afraid it will weigh them down.
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Posted by stef lau on Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:18 PM EST
one thing about serving snack to kids with allergies...not all parents will be comfortable with foods prepared and washed at home due to cross contamination, but DO feel comfortable if it came in a package with a label. Fruits: cuties, bananas, apple slices in a package, raisins, cranberries may work. The prepackaged snacks I mentioned above and popsicles. You might ask the parents of the allergic children on your team what they feel comfortable with. That is very considerate of you to include everyone. My daughter really appreciates it when she can enjoy the snack along with everyone else.
Posted by stef lau on Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:14 PM EST
my daughter plays soccer and is allergic to Nuts and Dairy as you write above. The following are healthy treats that work with those allergies:
Fruit: bananas, apples, packaged apple slices, oranges, cuties, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, mango, watermelon, kiwi, fruit skewers. (fruit can be served whole or cut and served in cups...tilt it into your mouth..no forks needed). Apple sauce, packaged apple/strawberry sauce thingees, raisins in individual paks, cranberries in individual paks. Veggies such as cucumber, carrots, celery, enamame.
Not so healthy, but safe for Dairy and Nut allergic:
prepacked jello cups, fruit based popsicles (get dry ice and put in bottom of a cooler...very popular in our area), graham crackers...most brands, pretzels if not manufactured in a facility with nuts, teddy grahams, some nabisco cookies like mini oreos/lauradoone shortbread/animal cookies variety pack, triscuits/wheatthins plain flavor, lay's variety pack if it includes plain and bbq, sunchips if it contains original flavor.
Posted by Eileen Gonzalez on Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:09 PM EST
What do you do if there is a kid that is allergic to nuts and dairy?? What other healthy options do you have??
Posted by Nicole Firms on Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:07 AM EST
Hey this is Nicole again!!!!! I love being a team mom.
Posted by Jessica Bartell on Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:05 AM EST
I really honestly think that oranges are the best thing!
Posted by Nicole Firms on Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:17 PM EST
Thank you for this information and I love this site so far. Informative with resources and tools to use. This is my first year as Team Mom...and I want to do it the best I can.
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