Practice always seems to be right at dinner time, so reaching for some chips or cookies to tide the kids over happens more than I’d like to admit.
To try and cut down on the bad snacking, I’ve come up with some alternatives, and I wanted to share.
Here are 7 of my favorite new healthy (and quick) snacks. Try these out the next time practice interferes with your dinner!
This is a classic favorite! Take an apple and slice it into smaller pieces, then fill a small cup with peanut butter to dip them in. Kids love this snack. (So do parents!) It’s simple, healthy, and great for when you’re on the go. You can also use vanilla yogurt instead of peanut butter if someone is allergic to peanuts. Both are great options!
This is like a natural candy! And there are so many awesome options. Your kids can pick from raisins, apples, apricots, bananas, the list goes on. Just throw them in a small bowl or a bag, and you're ready to eat on the go. Dried fruit also pairs great with nuts, such as almonds.
Popcorn sometimes can be overlooked as a healthy option. However, it is a can still be a great snack for kids. There are plenty of low sodium options that tastes great and its very low in calories. And popcorn is packed with fiber, which makes this a very filling snack!
Take a small amount of granola, and add it to a cup of vanilla (or your favorite flavor) yogurt. Tada! It’s that quick. Granola has fiber which makes it filling, and yogurt is full of probiotics and calcium. All of those things combined make a great pre-practice snack.
Fruit cups can be made quickly, or you can prepare them early and keep them in the refrigerator. Either way, this simple snack is great for your kids. You can use grapes, apples, pineapples, oranges or any fruit your kids love! Dice them into cubes (grapes can be left whole) and put them in a cup. The natural sweetness is amazing, and it’s very filling. You can even add some vanilla yogurt to the fruit if you like!
This one is very easy. You just need ham (or turkey), cheese, and a whole wheat tortilla. Take the ham and cheese and roll it into the tortilla. There you go! You have a delicious and portable snack filled with whole grains, protein and calcium. You can choose to melt the cheese if you like, or change ingredients to fit your kid’s taste.
Hummus is a dip made of chickpeas and can be bought everywhere. It's delicious, AND packed with protein. Use carrots, celery, or pita chips to dip. If you have the time, you can even make it at home. A quick Google search will bring you more options than you can shake a carrot at.
With these 7 ideas, you can make sure that your kids make it through practice without feeling hungry. Practice times can be difficult. Making snacks doesn’t have to be. The healthier the snack, the better your kids can feel for practice time. Be creative with some of these, and find out what your kids enjoy!