Healthy Eating: Soccer Snacks that Score Big

soccer_snacks-impWhen did soccer snacks become so unhealthy?

At so many games I watch as a pouch of sugared and artificially coloured water is handed to my child along with a packaged food item full of preservatives. Soccer snacks have become an expected ‘treat’ instead of a replenishment of electrolytes and energy kids growing bodies need to play another half of a soccer game in the summer heat.

Somewhere along the line in our busy schedule, soccer snacks turned into packaged processed treats and water got sent to the sidelines to be replaced with sugar filled artificially coloured ‘punch’ in a pouch.

With a bit of planning it is easy to give kids a soccer snack that will score big with parents and players while it replenishes their energy and keeps them hydrated on the field without the artificial sugar fix.

5 Healthy Soccer Snacks

soccersnacks-impFreeze It – Frozen Watermelon Cubes & Grapes
Don’t fill your cooler with frozen popsicles or freezes laden with artificial ingredients. Surprise them with chunks of watermelon and grapes from the freezer!

Stick It – Fruit Kebobs
Something about fruit on a stick transforms if from ‘fine’ to ‘funtastic.’ Make a rainbow of fruit kebobs with watermelon, mango, strawberries, grapes, apples, orange slices and cantaloupes. They only take a few minutes to assemble and your soccer star can help before the big game.

Float It – Festive Fruit Water
Buy a clear jug and fill it with strawberries, blueberries, lemon slices and lime wedges then fill with ice water.  Who wouldn’t want to try that after a hot half on the soccer pitch?  The longer it sits, the more the flavours will come out. Better than any artificial punch in a pouch.

Sail It – Banana Boats
Cut bananas in half lengthwise and top with non peanut soy spread (like Wow Butter) and add a drizzle of honey and a few chocolate chips.  Kids get all the energy boosting benefits from the banana, protein from the soy butter and a sweet treat from the chocolate chips. Even more fun? Freeze them before serving!

Mix It – Power Mix
Throw together some whole grain low sugar dry cereal you have on hand, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds and the odd chocolate chip for a bowl of snacks everyone will crowd around.  High fibre, low sugar cereals such as wheat squares, toasty o’s and corn squares combined with seeds, dried apricots, cherries, cranberries or blueberries and a few chocolates for fun, makes a healthy Power Mix sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Be the snack super star this soccer season by bringing the kids fruit served in a fun new way, on a stick, frozen or floating in a jug of ice water!  You will be amazed at how much kids enjoy eating healthy snacks at halftime!

  • Annitte

    Be a bit careful about that soy butter. Kids can be as allergic to that as peanuts or other nuts.

    • Deborah Lowther

      Good point. We don’t hear about soy allergy as much so can assume it is 100% safe.