Any parent with a young child in sports knows this classic dilemma well: it’s your turn to bring the post-game snack and you wonder what the heck you can pull together quickly that will make the kids really happy, but not fill them with sugar! It’s ok, take a deep breath—there are ideas below.
Yes, this will definitely take a little extra planning and preparation, but consider these treats a teachable moment, where you can emphasize the importance of nutrition in a growing, active body, and start creating good lifelong habits. Not to mention, this is an activity the family can do together. What better way to forge camaraderie than making something with collective care?
Do yourself and the other parents a favor by finding a post-game snack that not only gives them the protein, carbohydrates, and fat they need to nourish their bodies after physical activity, but doesn’t consist completely of refined sugars. Look for whole foods, not foods that could last on grocery store shelves for years. And think about what snacks your kids already love, but find ways to decrease or remove the not-so-healthy ingredients. If you must go for something packaged, read the ingredient label. The shorter the ingredient list the better. Select a snack that you can truly feel good about feeding everyone!
Healthy Game-Night Snack Ideas
I Want Candy:
- Fresh Fruit—nature’s candy! Recommended: watermelon or orange slices.
- Homemade Fruit Roll Ups
- Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Snacks
- Yogurt Parfaits—including plain or vanilla yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit.
- No-Bake, Nut-Free Granola Bars
- Aussie Bites or Nature Valley Protein Soft Baked Granola Bites
We All Scream for Ice Cream:
- Homemade Popsicles or 100% Fruit Popsicles
- Fruit Filled Ice Cream Cones
- Frozen Go-Gurt Tubes
- Frozen Yogurt Bites