I 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:
More difficult is the treat:
- 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.
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!!
- 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.