5 Great Team Snacks for Your Little Leaguer

Winter is waving goodbye, and that first glimpse of spring is on teh horizon, and that means 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:

20 oz. Sports Drink and 2 Cookies 8 oz. Chocolate Milk and an Orange
350 calories 223 calories
1.5 grams protein 8 grams protein
8.5 grams fat 2.5 grams fat
46 grams sugar 34 grams of sugar
Low in nutrients More than 9 essential 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’s five ways you can help your athlete excel.

  1. String cheese and raisins: Cheese provides many of the same essential nutrients as milk - including calcium, protein and phosphorus! Plus, this small snack will pack a large nutrition-punch for a small amount of cooler space.
  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. Chocolate milk and a banana: Chocolate and bananas just go together. An 8 oz. chocolate milk is perfect to deliver deliciousness and nutrition.
  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 the best? Fuel them with a serving of dairy plus a fruit or a nutritious whole grain.

5 Great Team Snacks for Your Little Leaguer

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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