One of the toughest balancing acts for a sports family is having good, healthy food on hand for before and after a good, healthy workout. The drive-through window may beckon, but with just a little advance planning, you can bring along some suitable snacks to tide over your athlete.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer
Granola: Fill some plastic baggies with either a store-bought brand such as Kashi Go Lean or make some GORP (that's camping code for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts). Save money — and possibly calories — by making your own mix of cereal, raisins, chocolate chips and nuts. Pair it with a carton of milk for a filling snack.
Bagels: A cinnamon-raisin bagel smeared with peanut butter or cream cheese provides a balance of carbs and protein. Try the "Elvis bagel" of peanut butter and bananas, and on hot days, a salt bagel adds some much-needed sodium. The 3-inch mini bagels are a good option for kids.
Chocolate milk: Your kids will love to hear that marathon runners swear by this preschool staple to restore muscles after a hard workout.
Peanut butter and honey sandwich: Another favorite of Olympic athletes, it's a bit higher in calories but more filling than most energy bars.
Keep your pantry (or cooler) stocked with these easy-to-grab snack foods:
Whole-grain muffins (make your own and freeze them)
Whole-grain crackers and cheese
Nuts or sunflower seeds
Grapes (try freezing them)
Cantaloupe, watermelon or honeydew melon chunks
Celery or carrot sticks