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healthy sideline snacks for kids {soccer mom}

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Soccer mom problems.  The struggle is real. I don’t know if there is anything more frustrating to me than the unhealthy snack mom.  As parents, many of us try so hard to keep our kids healthy, to build positive eating habits and teach the benefits of true nourishment. We put them in recreational sports not just to build their social skills but to teach them how and why to exercise.  So when that mom’s snack turn comes around and she shows up with bags of processed foods pumped full of added sugar, I die.  What you choose to feed your children is totally up to you, but when you are making that decision for other people’s kids, keep it healthy! It doesn’t have to just be orange slices and water though – there are plenty of tasty and creative choices to keep even the pickiest of eaters happy and fueled for the game!  Be your team’s sideline hero!

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One day you are 20 and life revolves around shopping for shoes and traveling for fun.  The next day you are 30 and your life revolves around shopping for soccer socks and traveling for soccer games.  You swap your sports car in for a minivan, your heels in for sneakers, pencil skirts in for yoga pants… and then the great realization hits you – I’m a soccer mom.  It happens just like that.

I don’t know if I’m doing it right.  I didn’t go full minivan, only SUV and I have showed up at the wrong field more than once.  I hide when the words “assistant coach” are flung around and I find sideline small talk awkward.  …but I am grateful for the life lessons my daughter learns, the friendships she creates and that soccer practice completely wears her out, i.e. early bedtime.  Team sports are great for building character.  They teach responsibility, commitment, and the importance of working together and hard work.  They are also a great time to get some healthy snacks into kids because they are so ravenous at that point they will eat anything!

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My daughter (8) has always been an easy eater.  She will try anything you ask her to, no matter how green or how stinky.  The girl was eating escargot at age 5.  Her favorite foods now are broccoli and salmon.  Seriously.  Just ask her.  Her friends on the other hand, not so much.  For the pickier kids, the trick is to make healthy food fun, and what is more fun than eating food on a stick?!

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Can you think of one thing served on a stick that you do not like?  I can’t!  As a team mom, I always like to bring two snacks, a fruit and a protein, nut butters usually win.  Here in Palm Springs it is a bazillion degrees out so I freeze everything.  Stick + frozen = almost dessert, right?  My favorite fruit to bring is melons.  Melons are packed with nutrition and they freeze really well!

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Simply cut your melons into wedges, remove seeds and slide in a craft stick.  Lay them flat on a parchment lined baking sheet and pop them into the freezer.  Keep them separate so they do not freeze to one another.  Once frozen I place them into treat bags in pairs, tie with team color string or ribbons, and keep them frozen until game time. They will lightly defrost during the game to a perfect texture that isn’t unlike a fruity frozen pop!

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Another fruit I really love frozen is a banana.  In fact, it is the only way I eat bananas because their room temperature texture creeps me out… but that is a post for another day (or maybe not!).  I’ve found lollipop sticks work better for the slender banana.  So peel, slide a stick in and freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet just like the watermelon.  Once they are pretty frozen, smooth on the peanut butter.  Roll in crushed peanuts for extra texture (could totally also be chocolate chips if you want to be the best team mom ever) and put back into the freezer.  Once the peanut butter is frozen, package in individual treat bags, tie and leave in the freezer until game day.  I call these my Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Power-ups because they offer a huge boost of nutrition and are like jet fuel for kids.

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If you have kids on team that have peanut allergies, try other nut butters or sunflower butter, soybean butter, etc – there are other options!  When it comes to team snacks, individual packaging is important.  I buy the clear treat bags that are super inexpensive and easy for kids to see what foods are inside.  They also act as a mess-deterrent because the kids can hold onto the stick with melting or juicy foods while still in the bag! Win.

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Obviously, the most important thing to bring in your Sideline Kit is liquid fuel, aka POWERADE®.  I pick up a couple 12 packs of 12 oz. POWERADE® at Walmart before practice/games to keep the kiddos fully hydrated.  These sizes are so convenient and perfect for kids at sports practices.  There is definitely such a thing as drinking too much liquid before/during active sports so the portion control is great.  Like I said, I live in the desert so it is easy to become dehydrated – especially kids who are too busy having fun to have a drink.  It can be lethal so stay on top of your Sideline Hero Mom status and bring extra drinks for all the kids.  POWERADE® contains Vitamins B3, B6, & B12 for energy and ION4® Advanced Electrolyte System to replenish four electrolytes lost in sweat – so it gives more than water ever could when the sweat starts pouring!

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Pack your Sideline Kit smartly! I freeze half of the POWERADE® and place them on the bottom and middle layers with unfrozen POWERADE® in the layer between.  Then comes the healthy produce and a couple more POWERADE® bottles.  All that is left for me is my bag of wet wipes, bandages and instant ice packs for boo-boos, oh and sunscreen!!  Always sunscreen.

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Find everything in my Sideline Kit at Walmart, including the yummy fresh produce (always a great selection at Walmart) and the POWERADE®.  Find the 12 pack of 12 ounce POWERADE® in the aisle with sports drinks and waters.  Look for a coupon on the 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE® packages and you can get $1 off Walmart fresh produce when you buy two 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE®. Hurry this deal is only available while supplies lasts!


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  1. Lisa
    May 15, 2015 at 10:23 am — Reply

    This is great. The only thing I’m not a fan of is the poweraide.

  2. Kory
    October 12, 2016 at 6:49 am — Reply

    Hi Sarah,
    I love your ideas for healthy snacks, however; based on information from our Health Department and dieticians PowerAde is not for kids! It is for elite athlete’s and those who are experiencing a significant amount of exercise. Kids participating in a 15 to 20 mins actual soccer play do not require the added sugar and additives in Gatorade or PowerAde there are 14 tsp of sugar in a bottle of PowerAde! – the limit for one day of added sugar from all sources is 6 tsp per day – Keep up the great work on the snacks but you may want to look into programs like Rethink Your Drink or Canada’s Sip Smart resource for those sugary “power” beverages.

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