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n8.jpgI remember the late 70’s going to my brother’s soccer games.  When it was our turn for snacks, we would cut up a bowl full of oranges, and the players would eat them during half time.  It seems times have changed. My friend Kristin’s boy is in basketball right now, and got a pre-packaged rice krispie treat and juice the other night.  They get them as they leave the game, then tease little brother and sister all the way home because he got a treat and they didn’t.

So what are the alternatives?  What can you bring when it’s your turn that won’t rot the teeth, yet the kids are excited to get?  I don’t want to be the mom who brings a bag of carrots.  It’s one thing for me to get teased about eating healthy, but it’s a whole different story if your kid is known as the “kid with the mom who sends vegetables to soccer.”  I spent a good amount of time looking around on Saturday and it was REALLY HARD!

Drink is easy:

  • Anything with 100% fruit juice.  You know, “Juicy Juicy; 100% juice for 100% kids!  It really is a good one.  Capri Sun’s now have certain varieties with 100% fruit.  Kirkland Brand has juice boxes 100% fruit.
  • Water bottles.  My kids actually like water bottles. Better yet, they like mini-water bottles that are 8oz size.

More difficult is the treat:

  • Granola bars.  Many of the “healthy granola bars” had 12 or more grams of sugar.  The granola bars with the lowest were Kashi Granola bars, 5 grams, and second place was Quaker chewy granola bars with 7g of sugar. This isn’t so bad, especially if you’ve tried the butterfinger flavor! Yum, Yum. Practically a candybar. I’m not saying this is the healthiest choice, just saying it’s not as bad as a “Little Debbie” chocolate and peanut butter wafer bar.
  • Fruit leather/ fruit rolls, if they are 100% fruit, can I say Fruitabu again!
  • Frozen Gogurts.  My kids love these more than ice cream.  If you can keep them frozen till the end of a game, they will be delighted.
  • Single serving Goldfish.  Of processed crackers and such, Goldfish aren’t too bad. At least they contain no trans-fats.  Even better though, at Halloween time they sell single serving pretzels.
  • Mini-cereal boxes.  I know this sounds lame, but I’m out of ideas.

As you can tell I’m not terrifically excited about any of these ideas.  So, if you have any healthy after game treats, please post a comment!!

Two young soccer players

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Lisa

I agree and have the same struggle each season. Not much more interesting, but clif bar now makes a kids Zbar (I saw them at Costco) and I’ve also seen an all natural granola bar from quaker. Probably not cheap but you get what you pay for (although we also often pay more for less nutrition, more refined products.)

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I sure would like to do a cost analysis of healthy food vs. bad food. Because like you say, in some instances processed food costs more, and in others healthy food costs more. Depending on what you are buying. One thing is for sure, my sister in law spends less on groceries than anyone I know because she doesn’t buy anything packaged. She makes all her kids food from their morning granola, to bread, to salad dressings, everything. And although she doesn’t skimp on butter and sugar, I bet her kids are healthier cause she cooks it all herself.

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