Some parents feel that a post-game treat is a nice reward. Others dislike the idea of pairing healthy exercise with junk food, but don’t want to embarrass their kids by being the only one offering apples instead of cookies. Here are some nutritious ideas that should make everyone happy.
* Thread fruit and cheese on skewers, or package cheese strings and crackers in bags.
* Serve popcorn or trail mix (popcorn, raisins, cereal, pumpkin seeds) in paper cups or cones.
* Make “message bananas”: Write “good game!” on bananas with a toothpick. As the marks brown, the message will magically appear.
* Add character stickers to apples or pears, or freeze yogurt tubes.
* Half a bagel with soynut butter
* Trail mix or granola bars with less than 7 g sugar
* Homemade whole-grain muffins
* Cheese strings and crackers
* Greek yogurt cups
Some teams forgo the post-game snack altogether to save parents time and money, and to avoid allergy issues. An open discussion about your team’s snack policy will put everyone on the same page.
A version of this article appeared in our June 2015 issue with the headline, “The snack situation,” p. 38.
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