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Winning snacks for your student athletes

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:

Pretzels

Graham crackers

Granola bars

Whole-grain muffins (make your own and freeze them)

Whole-grain crackers and cheese

Popcorn

Oatmeal-raisin cookies

Nuts or sunflower seeds

Orange slices

Grapes (try freezing them)

Cantaloupe, watermelon or honeydew melon chunks

Strawberries

Raisins

Celery or carrot sticks

Tomato juice

Mini-yogurt cups

String cheese

Hard-boiled eggs

Winning snacks for your student athletes 08/24/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 24, 2009 11:14am]

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