Increasingly, parents are taking a healthier approach to the treats they bring to their children’s sports games, said Meridan Zerner, a dietitian at Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas.
“I am seeing parents helping their children make better choices more often,” she said. “I think parents want to give their children every advantage, and one of those is health. Besides, if you want your kids to play stronger, faster and smarter you can’t fuel that with candy and treats.”
Zerner offers these recommendations for young athletes:
Pregame: Easy-to-digest carbohydrates, such as graham crackers and milk, whole-grain crackers with a little cream cheese, a small bagel with peanut butter, a healthful cereal bar such as Kashi, a Clif Z Bar or Kellogg’s All-Bran Fiber bar.
Halftime: Handful of Cheerios or the mini Honey Nut Cheerios bags, whole-grain graham crackers.
Postgame: Trail mix, watermelon, low-fat cheese, whole-grain Goldfish, yogurt sticks, minibagels with peanut butter, oranges and bananas, 100 percent fruit bars, yogurt fruit bars.