"Good game. Good game. Good game."
As the team lines up and high fives their competitors, your kids are looking for a cold drink and a hearty snack. After a display of good sportsmanship, the last thing a parent wants to put forth is a show of poor nutrition.
Here are some healthful ideas that will fill them up and fuel them for the next game.
Refreshing and sweet, these cool the kids off while quenching their thirst. The night before the game, remove the stems, wash the grapes and let them air dry. Once dry, put the grapes on a baking sheet and freeze. They'll be good to go in the morning.
Before you start picking out your toppings from a buffet of chopped candy, we're not talking about the self-serve shops. The next time you are at the grocery store, grab a box of yogurt tubes and toss them in the freezer. They'll thaw slightly as you cheer from the sidelines, but they'll still be cold and icy – a great treat for sweaty kids.
Bonus: Pick a Greek yogurt variety, such as Chobani Kids, and offer them a protein-rich snack they'll love.
Sweet and salty, it's hard to go wrong with Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts. It's easy and affordable – just take a bowl and enough small paper cups for the kids to scoop their own portions. Unlike other trail mixes, you control the sugar, and there is no chocolate that can melt on a sunny afternoon.
Just Dip It
If you have a little prep time in the morning, grab some disposable cups with lids. Put a dip on the bottom and the snack standing in it. For a savory version, try hummus with pretzel rods (broken in half) and baby carrots. For a sweeter take, try peanut butter with apple slices and graham crackers.