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Team snack recipes + “Good Morning, Washington” segment

This week, I had the pleasure of dishing about team snacks with Eileen Whelan on WJLA’s “Good Morning, Washington” show.

Whether your child is playing soccer, baseball or basketball, team snacks are bound to appear after every game. Snacks are not inherently bad… in fact, snack time allows another opportunity to get more healthful nutrients in our diet. The problem is–if you’ve seen team snacks lately–most team snacks do not contain much (if any) real nutrient value.

If you cringe every time your kid comes running over with his or her snack, try whipping up some of these TASTY + EASY snack ideas I shared on WJLA when it’s your turn to supply the post-game goods. I promise… they’re delicious and nutritious. Plus, they contain nutrients that many kids tend to be deficient in, such as protein, essential fatty acids (like DHA), iron, vitamin D, vitamin C and dietary fiber.

Frozen grapes + cheese stick = Grapes are rich in water (hydration!), vitamin C (for immune system), potassium (for healthy blood pressure), and antioxidants. Cheese is a protein that is rich in calcium (for healthy bones). Put in a plastic cup or snack baggie.

Power-packed trail mix = Trail mix combinations are endless and you can mix-and-match to meet teammates’ dietary needs. Combine a little nuts or seeds (stick with sunflower and pumpkin seeds if some one has tree nut or peanut allergies or if you’re not sure) + dried fruit (contains iron) + whole grain or gluten-free cereal or pretzels + a few dark chocolate chips.

Parmesan popcorn = Popcorn is a great gluten-free whole grain. You can throw kernels in a brown paper lunch sack and microwave until popped and drizzle with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese. Or, just pick up a couple of bags of popcorn with only olive oil and a little salt. Serve in snack baggies or small plastic cups. Popcorn is an easy way to get dietary fiber in a child’s diet.

Fruit kabobs = Fruit is brimming with so many beneficial nutrients, like vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin A (good for eyes, skin and bones) and antioxidants. The list goes on. Stick some fruit on a skewer or long tooth pick and serve with a cheese wedge or yogurt stick. Plus, fruit is a great way to keep kids hydrated after a game.

Sweet tuna cups w/ crackers = Tuna is a great source of protein, which is important for growing and recovering muscles. Plus, tuna contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which kids tend to get too little of in their diets. Mix a pouch of tuna, sliced grapes and sunflower seeds with some Greek yogurt or mayonnaise. Serve in a small cup with whole grain crackers or pretzels.

Edamame cups = Edamame or soy beans are fun to eat. Plus, edamame is a protein-rich foods that is rich in dietary fiber, as well. Serve in little cups or baggies.

Brown rice krisp treats = Mix gluten-free brown rice krisp cereal w/ peanut butter, SunButter or soy butter, honey and cinnamon. Place in baking pan or Tupperware and cut into squares. It’s that simple and that tasty. Plus, these little treats are loaded with protein and dietary fiber.

PLEASE SHARE: What are your kids’ favorite team snacks? How do you make them healthy? Please share. I’d love to hear from you!

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