Back to school also means back to sports and the return of revolving snack duty. Instead of the same old store-bought options, impress the kiddos (and their parents!) with these homemade alternatives that are healthy, portable, perfect for munching, and easy to make. These 10 healthy snacks for kids’ sports teams will leave your little athletes well-fueled by wholesome foods and with happy taste buds to boot.
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1. Graham Cracker Fruit Sandwiches
These little sandwiches are full of sweet and savory flavors that all kids enjoy. They’ll get carbs from the graham crackers, healthy fats from the cream cheese, and vitamins and minerals from the fruit. They’re a cinch to put together and you can use whatever fruit is in season or on-hand.
- Graham crackers (whole wheat or partially whole wheat if you can find them)
- Cream cheese
- Fruit of your choosing (the ones shown have strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, but any sliceable fruit will do)
- Break the graham crackers in half.
- Smear a layer of cream cheese on each half (not too much).
- Slice the fruit into thin pieces. If you’re using something like blueberries and they’re on the bigger side, you can just squish them a bit with your fingers instead.
- Arrange fruit on half of the cream cheese crackers. Put the other half of the cracker on top of the fruit.
2. Mini Chocolate Milk Pops
These brown blobs might not look like much, but chocolate milk is ideal for exercise recovery. These little frozen pops are an easy way to individualize it, and will help kids cool off at the same time as they fuel up. Since you don’t need craft sticks, cleanup is a breeze — just don’t forget to pack them in a cooler!
Makes 12 pops, or about 1 tray of standard-sized ice cubes. Scale up as needed.
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon of sugar (optional and to taste, depending on if you want them sweetened or not)
- Warm the milk and chocolate in a small saucepan on the stove. Stir continuously until completely melted. Add the sugar if you’re using it and stir until dissolved.
- Pour the chocolate milk into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight.
- The pops may need some coaxing to remove from the tray. You can use a small knife to help wedge them out.
These delicious no-bake oatmeal cookie energy balls are packed with superfoods, plant-based proteins, nut butter, hemp seeds, and coconut. And the best part? They taste just like an oatmeal cookie without the baking!
4. Trail Mix
Source: Love Bakes Good Cakes
This sweet and salty trail mix is satisfying to munch on and tasty as can be. The combination of raisins, nuts, sunflower seeds, and a touch of chocolate will keep kids energized (and if needed, there are nut-free versions). Distribute it in individual baggies or paper cups ahead of time for easy grabbing.
5. Ham and Cheese Rolls
Source: A Mom’s Take
For a savory snack version of the classic sandwich, roll together pieces of ham and cheese, then stick them on a mini pretzel stick. These little bites are easy for kids to grab on the go, and it’ll give them a dose of dairy, protein, and carbs.
6. Granola Bars
Source: Oh She Glows
These yummy granola bars are baked, soft, and chewy. Made from oats and seeds, they’re loaded with fiber and protein, and naturally sweetened with dates.
7. Popcorn Balls
Source: Brit + Co
Energy-boosting popcorn becomes the perfect individual snack when formed into these tasty little clusters. Bits of apricot pair well with salty popcorn, but you could also add raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips.
8. Vegetable Sushi
These fish-free “sushi” rolls are really carrots and cucumbers wrapped in bread with cream cheese. They’re a great way to get kids to snack on veggies, and you could add in a bit of turkey if you want to add some protein.
9. Avocado Blueberry Muffins
Source: Averie Cooks
Despite not having any butter or eggs, these nutritious muffins are moist, light, and fluffy thanks to the addition of avocado. Make them as mini muffins for the perfect two-bite treat.
10. Banana Yogurt Bites
Source: Eats Amazing
Combine yogurt and banana to make these tasty frozen snacks. You can also experiment with flavored yogurt and different kinds of fruit if you like.
This fall sports season, skip pre-packaged power bars for something creative and delicious. These homemade snacks make the perfect mid-practice or post-game treat for kids of all ages. And you can go ahead and make extras because they taste just as good off the field!