…and a bag of chips for standing for an hour and waiting for a ball to get to her! All of the sporting activities and activities in general that kids are participating in nowadays include a snack after the game/event. After eating a hearty breakfast and then heading off to baseball practice and standing for about an hour, now it’s time to have a sports drink and bag of chips? To begin, sports drinks are made for high intensity workouts or workouts of a long duration for athletes. I would like to think my kids are athletes but they are not the type of athletes that need a sports drink! I don’t mind the occasional bag of processed food but this is after every game, every activity, every birthday party, every school party… so it isn’t occasional anymore. Not only do my kids come to expect SOMETHING after every event, all of these events are providing snacks that I would rather avoid.
I remember having cut up oranges and water after every field hockey game in middle school – when did that go out of style? My kids now receive Hi-C, Gatorade, Powerade, Capri Sun, and juice boxes along with a bag of Sun Chips, Doritos, Cheetos, a Rice Krispy Treat or some other processed snack containing either dyes, too much sugar or salt, for standing around for an hour. WHY? Let’s keep our kids healthy.
I am not a popular mom. In the first year that my son participated in t-ball, I volunteered to be the team mom and one of my jobs was to set up the snack schedule. Honestly, I don’t even think they need snacks. Most of the games are in between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. If they eat a good breakfast and good lunch, snacks are not necessary in between! Regardless, this was part of my job, so I asked parents to bring a healthy snack and gave ideas such as those that follow. Last year I didn’t volunteer as team mom but I sent an email to the team suggesting some healthy snacks, and suggesting that the kids don’t need sports beverages for standing around. I didn’t make many friends 🙂 I’m not here to preach, but I want to make change in the world!
I love this note to the coach from Real Mom Nutrition
Hi Coach ____,
I wanted to introduce myself. I’m _____’s mom, and we’re all excited about the upcoming season!
I’m writing because I’d like to discuss the topic of team snacks with you. I’m concerned about the junk food I’ve been seeing on the sidelines of kids’ sports, and I’m wondering if you would be open to a fruit-and-water snack policy for our team this season (remember the orange slices we ate on the sidelines when we were kids?). Children don’t need Oreos, cupcakes, Doritos, and sugary punch on Saturday mornings–or in the evening, especially if families are having dinner after the game. One of the reasons we have our kids in sports is to encourage physical activity and good health, and these kinds of snacks derail that goal. I’ve discussed this with other parents on the sidelines, and it seems like many of them would love to see an end to the junk food too.
If you’d like, I can draft an email to parents on the team about the fruit-and-water snack policy. I’m also happy to organize the snack schedule for you. Please let me know your thoughts.
Here are some ideas for healthy snacks for our kids after sporting events.
What do you favor?
- Cut up oranges
- Organic carrot sticks (in baggies*)
- Organic apple slices (in baggies*)
- Mini apples
- Lara Bars
- Squeezable applesauces
- Bags of popcorn