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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Avoid the game snack smackdown



Snacks If you are new to organized sports leagues such as soccer or tee ball, be warned. People who are really fussy about nutrition hate it when folks bring Oreos and soda for a team snack. Some have avoided this altogether by pushing for every parent to just bring their own child a snack.

Personally, I think the kids love snack time so I try not to get bent out of shape when someone brings Ring Pops for the after-game snack time (yes, that actually happened!) Part of the fun of being on a team is rushing the snack mom's cooler, so I refuse to sweat the issue.

But I care about good nutrition following a healthy round of soccer too. So my passive-aggressive way of making my point is to volunteer for the first snack duty. Then I like to do orange slices and granola bars or apples and pretzels. This works on about half the parents. The rest will bring gummy bears -- and be much more popular than me!

I checked a few nutrition sites and may of them had great suggestions for easy but slightly healthier snack ideas:

Portable fruits and veggies             
orange slices
baby carrots

Stuff you can buy that's not too bad
squeeze yogurt
cheese sticks
granola or cereal bars
Wheat Thins or baked crackers
animal crackers
graham crackers

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:57am]


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