If your kids are like mine, they are: A. always hungry B. always in a rush and C. grabbing food as they walk out the door.
Trying to get them to slow down and grab something healthy is a constant battle. They think a handful of pretzels will be enough fuel to get them through a 2-hour practice or a double header baseball game. And, honestly, because they are kids…somehow they do manage to get through intense sports activities on not the greatest food-intake. I attribute this to their young age and a simple desire to do well. But in the end, when they do grab the right “stuff,” I feel better as a mom about what is going in their bodies and they don’t have to resist a sluggish body.
The number one way to help my kids get the best Pre-Practice Snacks is if I actually have the appropriate foods in the house. Remember your kids will grab what is available to them. If you remove the undesirable foods and replace them with better options, there is nothing else they can do but grab they healthy options.
BEST PRE-PRACTICE SNACKS FOR ON-THE-GO-KIDS
Keep in mind that the best fuel for kids and adults alike before a practice, game or workout is to hydrate with lots of water as well as eating healthy carbohydrates. Some great examples are whole grain cereals and breads, low-fat yogurt, fruits and vegetables.
Our top pre-practice snacks for kids include:
- Peanuts & Raisins*
- 1/2 Whole Grain Bagel & Jam
- Oatmeal & Fruit
- Apple & Almond Butter
- Banana & Peanut Butter
- Yogurt & Trail Mix
*Buy these in bulk from a big box store, such as Sam’s Club or Costco, and mix up snack size ziplock bags full. This way your kids can grab them as they run out the house.
Another huge help for snacking is making sure you have the best containers to pack snacks up in. We have an awesome list of Great Containers for Food On the Go.