I’m not a fan snacks at intramural games for kids. Usually, these games last an hour with plenty of breaks for the kids. Water is best for these types of games. Unfortunately, I’m in the minority. I often see parents bringing junk food and juice drinks to give to the kids after their game is done.
Kids don’t need all the sugar. Did you know that there’s just as much sugar in fruit juice as there is in soda? A quick search for the grams of sugar in a single serving of fruit juice showed a whopping 11 grams! when kids shouldn’t have more than 3 tsps of sugar daily.
Don’t get me started on sports drinks. Fortunately, I haven’t seen many of those at local soccer games.
Healthy Snacks for Groups of Kids
What’s a mom to do? If you have to sign up for snacks for the team, I rounded up a list of healthy snacks that are good for groups of kids. Some of these travel better than others. Always be aware of food allergies; talk to the coach ahead of time. If you bring these snacks into a classroom for a party, check with the teacher first about food allergies.
- Apple Chips
- “Balls of Energy”: easy to make in a large quantity and perfect for young athletes to pop in their mouths at halftime
- Banana bread
- Carrot “chips” and chipotle hummus
- Corn muffins
- Fresh fruit: grapes, clementines, and bananas (all travel well)
- Fruit kabobs
- Granola bars
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Mini bagels and cream cheese
- Mini carrots
- Mini sandwiches served with a variety of fillings
- Orange slices
- Popcorn or popcorn balls
- Raisins (in mini boxes)
- Roll-ups made with tortillas, turkey, and cheese (can also make with just deli meat and cheese)
- “Sandwich on a stick”
- Snow cones made with real fruit or fruit juice (you’ll need to keep these cold in a cooler)
- Squeeze yogurt (freeze beforehand and it will still be cold post-game)
- String Cheese (best to bring a cooler to keep these fresh)
- Zucchini bread