Healthy Snacks for Kids at Outdoor Games


When packing snacks for an outdoor game, it's best not to bring food that will spoil in the sun--especially if the heat is high and the game is long. Be practical--if your child is playing in the game and wants a snack during a timeout or break, bring something that can be eaten with the hands and cleaned up fast. (And don't forget the antibacterial gel.)

Packaged Snacks

Whole Foods sells a variety of packaged, healthy snacks for kids. Annie's Homegrown is a brand that focuses on snacks for children who cannot consume dairy or gluten. They also make vegan and vegetarian snacks, and all products are organic. Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks come in several flavors and include five individual packets, great for on-the-go snacking. The company also makes bunny shaped crackers and a snack mix. Barbara's Bakery brand is also great when it comes to children's snacks. The Snackimal animal cookies come in chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, vanilla, and wheat-free oatmeal. All are made with organic grains.

Fruit & Veggies

Oranges are always great snacks to bring to a game--they come in their own packaging; you just have to peel them. The same goes for bananas. Apple slices also work nicely. To save time, look for packaged slices in the fruit and veggies section in any large grocery store. Bag baby carrots and celery for a nutrient-packed snack. (Don't bring dip unless this snack is for the end of the game--it's too messy to eat during the game.) Freeze grapes or blueberries beforehand so they have time to thaw but are still cool and refreshing when eaten.

Other Snacks

Arnold Bread now makes great little multigrain rolls called "sandwich thins" that are only 100 calories each. Spread peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other--but thinly and only in the middle so it won't ooze out the sides. If this sounds too messy, use banana slices or halved strawberries instead of jelly. If a cooler is available, pack bottled water and juice boxes. Hard-boiled eggs, mini whole-wheat bagels, and bagged granola, such as Bear Naked, also make for great, easy, outdoor snacks.

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