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It’s your turn on refreshments and you are not sure what to bring? Don’t panic! There are lots of inexpensive and fun options that you can prepare in minutes. Instead of running by the grocery store to pick up the same old cookies and juice, try these equally quick and easy snacks that are tasty and healthy (which makes for happy kids AND happy parents).
The nuts and fruit will keep the team feeling full and satisfied while the candy pieces provide some of the fast energy that they may need during a half-time break. Try visiting the bulk section of your grocery store where you can save a lot of money by mixing it yourself. Create a customized mix and let your child help to choose the ingredients, then you can mix it, and package it into individual baggies as a family activity.
Fruit is one of the healthiest, most kid-friendly snacks out there. Some that make great half-time snacks are: sliced melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew), orange slices or easy to peel clementines, apples, grapes, bananas, and strawberries. On a hot day, try freezing the grapes or berries for a cool and refreshing snack.
If cutting apples feels like too much work to you, try dried fruit. This is another item that you can pick up in the bulk section of your grocery store for a lot less and it can be packaged into individual baggies for easy distribution. Some favorite dried fruits are: cinnamon apples, strawberries, bananas, and peaches.
String cheese pairs well with just about any kind of fruit and is a kid favorite. Even better, it comes in individual, easy to distribute portions. You could also try slicing some cheddar and bringing along whole grain crackers to go with it. If you are feeling creative, try using cookie cutters to make the cheese into fun shapes.
When it comes to drinks, there are a lot of choices. Many parents like to bring sports drinks or fruit juices but these drinks can be overly sugary and not as healthy as their labels claim. According to Dr. Goutham Rao, clinical director of the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “The way sports beverages have been marketed to children is astonishing. They’re almost seen as an essential part of participation in sports, when the best beverage for a child participating in any physical activity is just plain water.” Read the full article from ABC News: Sports Drinks a Hidden Source of Sugar for Kids: Study
As a compromise, try mixing water with a sports drink, adding a small amount of Gatorade powder mix, or even lemon juice. This will add flavor and help to replenish electrolytes, but it will not be nearly as sugary or calorific. You’ll be surprised at how much the kids enjoy it!
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