These healthy options are perfect during the car ride to a game or when you're at games. They might take a little more work, and they may not be as convenient as running to the snack bar or fast-food drive-thru, but nutritious snacks are the best thing for young athletes.
And besides, good nutrition boosts performance!
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1. Fresh fruit, especially watermelon, cantaloupe, melons, blueberries, grapes, etc.
2. Homemade trail mix (raisins, almonds, granola, nuts, dried fruit) put into snack-size baggies
3. Carrots or celery sticks with hummus
4. Hard boiled or deviled eggs
5. Individual boxes of whole grain cereal, with or without milk
7. Nuts and sunflower seeds
8. Yogurt tubes, frozen and kept in a cooler
9. Rice cakes
10. Small bags of pre-sliced apples
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11. Individual bags of dried cranberries
12. Tortilla rollups, made at home, with peanut butter and honey or fruit
13. Half-sandwich, made with lean meat and cheese or peanut butter and honey
14. String cheese
15. Low-sugar, healthy granola bars
16. Homemade fruit juice bars, kept frozen in cooler
17. Homemade granola
18. Frozen banana bites
19. Individual oatmeal cups
20. No-bake oatmeal energy bites
Remember, the best drink to accompany these snacks is water. If you're looking at alternatives, read labels for real fruit options low in added sugar.
Janis B. Meredith is a life coach for sports parents. She provides resources to help parents raise champions. Learn more about how she can help parents have Less Stress and More Fun in Youth Sports.
This is an updated version of a blog that originally published April 11, 2016.