Good Snacks For Active Kids (Part 2)

EVENT: Health Coaching Group Sessions- Food Journaling 
WHERE: KareBoost Health (107 Cedar Grove, Suite 100, Somerset, NJ 08873) 
TIME: Tuesdays on April 4 at 6:30

In Blog Part 1, we took a look at some of the general ideas around eating in relation to exercise. This blog, we are going to take a look at some specific snacks that are great choices for active kids.  We are going to break them down based on the time of day: 

After School 
Consider that for an afternoon activity, your child might be pretty hungry, since it’s been awhile since they had lunch. These snacks provide protein and carbohydrates to give them a good energy boost to play their best. 

  • Yogurt 
  • Peanut or almond butter sandwiches 
  • Sliced turkey or cheese 
  • Low fat cheese and pretzels 

The afternoon can also often be the hottest part of the day, so having cold water on hand is always a good idea. 

Weekend Mornings 
After sleeping (and effectively fasting) all night, many people wake relatively low on energy. A good healthy breakfast is important to make sure your kids have the energy they need throughout their physical activity. Here are some good ideas: 
-A small bagel with low-fat cream cheese 
-An English muffin sandwich with lean meat and low fat cheese 
-Greek yogurt with healthy toppings like chopped nuts or fruit 
-Low fat milk 
-100% Fruit juice with no added sugar 
Afterwards 
Recovery food should replenish energy and fluids without leading to overeating. Be careful here; it can be easy for a child (or anyone) to eat too much after exercise. 

  • Air-popped popcorn 
  • Low fat chocolate milk 
  • Fruit 
  • Fig, blueberry, or strawberry bars 

We hope this information will help you choose and provide healthy snacks for the young athlete in your life. As always, if you have any ideas of your own to add, please leave them in the comments below.  
Come Check out our Nutrition Workshop with our dietitian on Healthy Snacks on Tuesday April 4 at 6:30pm

Andrea Berez MS, RD, CSP 
KareBoost Health