10 Ideas for the “Boring” Healthy Mom to bring on Snack Day

Fall sports season has arrived and with it comes the ever debatable snack schedule.  On one side, you have parents who say kids need nothing more than water and a piece of fruit after a game to refuel and stay healthy.  On the other hand, you have parents who think it’s no big deal to offer soda, sports drinks, candy, cookies and/or chips after competition.  Usually the argument I hear is, “Having a grape soda after the game was the only reason I played soccer as a kid!”

I’m guessing you can tell which side of this debate I land on.  While I love to give my kids an occasional treat, I don’t see the point of pumping them full of sugar and salt after a soccer or baseball game.  But it’s hard to be on this side of the fence because I get labeled as the boring mom who never brings anything “good” for snacks.  I admit I caved a little bit last week when it was my turn.  I was only going to bring water bottles and raisin boxes (perfect!), but I ended up buying Teddy Grahams too.  I blame peer pressure.

To avoid this cop-out in the future, I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of healthy snacks that aren’t loaded with things the kids don’t need.  Yes, fruit dominates this list, but it’s naturally sweet and perfect for refueling young bodies.

1. Apple slices (squeeze lemon or lime juice over slices to keep from browning)

2. Healthy trail mix (make your own and pre-portion into snack size bags)

3. Frozen fruit (tasty and refreshing, mix frozen grapes and berries and keep in the cooler until the game is over)

4. Organic yogurt tubes (freeze the day before and let thaw in a cooler during the game)

5. Applesauce squeezers (look for the no-sugar added brands)

6. Orange slices (a soccer tradition)

7. Raisin boxes

8. String cheese

9. Bananas

10. Grapes and Carrots (package up like a butterfly using a snack sized bag and a clothespin)

And for the record, water is my beverage of choice.  If you think that’s boring, you could always get crafty and add decorations.

Let me know what you think of these ideas and what side of the debate you fall on!

And for more on this topic, check out dietitian Sally Kuzemchak’s post “That Mom: The Sequel.”

  • Gina Rau October 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    These are all great ideas! We had snack duty for my daughter’s soccer team this weekend and were going to do butterfly bags with apples and grapes since they’re both in season but the kiddos got into the fruit and I ran out of time. We did Cliff Z Bars which were loved by all the kiddos…especially compared to previous weeks’ chips and fake cheese in crackers. We also broke tradition and didn’t bring juice boxes or pouches. The girls all had water and I really believe that’s the best thing for them!

    • inspiredrd October 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      We do the Z Bars sometimes too. Yay for water!

  • teri@managedmacros October 8, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Not boring, it’s caring!!! I would fall on your side of the debate, for sure. However,for my son (20 years old, college student) I have been know to buy frozen pizza and Mt. Dew for…shhhhh, don’t tell anyone! 🙂

    • inspiredrd October 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Oh no, not Mt. Dew!! 🙂

  • Wendy October 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    These are all such great ideas! I am definitely on your side of this debate – my boys (6 1/2 & 7 1/2) have NEVER even had a soda and I don’t plan on changing that any time soon. Isn’t it sad that as parents we feel a bit bad for being “the one” that offers healthy food?

    • inspiredrd October 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Yes, it’s sad. I hate feeling like the “snobby healthy” mom. What’s weird is that I know a lot of parents agree with me, but don’t speak up. Wish we all would band together!

      • Julie October 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        I would prefer to offer healthier snacks, although I’ll admit I’m not the best at doing so. I think it’s great to encourage it, but “snobby healthy moms” are the ones that make others feeling bad for not having the same opinions or lifestyles. Be positive, encouraging, and uplifting. For example, “Provide healthier options instead of just plain out saying, “No CapriSun or no sugary snacks.”

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  • Stephanie October 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Good ideas! I played soccer for most of my childhood and always enjoyed the snacks – oranges at halftime, fruit snacks or granola bars at the end of the game.

    Yay for water. My favorite drink.

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