It’s that time of year: spring! For many families this means baseball season. For Florida families, it is the end of soccer and start-up of baseball or tee-ball or swimming or soccer (again).
As a parent of soccer, baseball and ballet-playing children, I want my kids to perform their best. Performance is best when the child has enough rest at night and nourishing foods and drinks during the day. So why do I see chips, sugar drinks, candy and cupcakes eaten after games? I really don’t get it! Chips and drink boxes are great at the occasional party, but after running around for an hour?
Think about this: If you exercise at a gym, do you see adults eating chips and fruit punch after they get off the elliptical? I don’t think so! They drink water, smoothies or protein/energy bars. So why do our kids eat chips, cookies, cupcakes and sugary drinks after playing a game of soccer?
I have a few theories: 1. Chips, drink boxes and cookies come in individual wrappers=easy
2. Once kids try it, they like it and parents are happy when kids are happy
3. They know these foods are accepted by other parents as snacks, but many parents want their kids to eat healthier. If we all start to bring more nutrient-rich snacks then we are teaching our kids how to fuel their bodies for life not just today.
So what would be better options for these growing, active, nutrient-craving bodies? How about:
Whether you secretly have the Olympics in mind for your children or just want them to be active and learn a sport, you want your children to fuel their bodies to play their best, right? Don’t be afraid that kids won’t eat it or will demand chips…you just might be surprised how well they respond to nutritious snacks. Now get it out there and have fun!