5 Great Team Snacks for Your Little Leaguer

Spring is here, and that means it’s time for spring sports. How can you make your little leaguer an all-star? Fuel them with nutrient-rich foods, of course! Consider the typical post-game snack and see how it compares to chocolate milk and a piece of fruit:

 

8-Ounce Chocolate Milk and

1 Orange

20-Ounce Sports Drink and

2 Cookies

223 calories

350 calories

8 grams protein

1.5 grams protein

2.5 grams fat

8.5 grams fat

34 grams sugar

46 grams sugar

13 essential nutrients!*

Low in nutrients

 

When your young athlete eats nutrient-rich foods, their body is going to perform better. Even though your child might just be playing T-ball and not running a marathon, the food you provide after a game or practice will impact how they feel and perform, both on and off the field. (Good grades, anyone?) Here are five snack ideas to help your athlete excel.

  1. Chocolate milk and a banana: Chocolate and bananas just go together. An 8-ounce chug or glass of chocolate milk is perfect to deliver deliciousness and nutrition.
  2. Pretzel sticks and low-fat yogurt: When it comes to kids, if it’s dippable, it’s edible! Pretzels are the perfect dipper for nutrient-rich yogurt.
  3. String cheese and raisins: Cheese provides many of the same essential nutrients as milk – including calcium, protein and phosphorus! Plus, this snack will pack a large nutrition punch for a small amount of cooler space.
  4. Grapes with vanilla low-fat yogurt and peanut butter: Dip the grapes in peanut butter then dip them in yogurt. Coolest snack ever.
  5. Graham crackers and strawberry milk: Find shelf-stable flavored milk if you don’t have access to a cooler.

When you see the joy on your child’s face as they round home plate, don’t you just want to give them a refreshing reward? Fuel them with a serving of dairy plus a fruit or a nutritious whole grain.

Snacks are just the beginning. Learn more about sports nutrition.

 

5 Great Snacks

 

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* Source: USDA FoodData Central online at https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/. Mean values calculated from database entries across all fat levels of plain vitamin D-fortified fluid milk in Legacy, Foundation, and Survey (FNDDS) data sources.

 

By Jenna Allen, MS, RDN

Jenna is a registered dietitian with a passion for communicating science in an approachable way. She has been part of the Dairy MAX team since 2008. When she isn't working, Jenna is trying out new recipes with her three kids and working on her food photography. Learn more about Jenna.

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