Besides the most important reason for kids participating in after schools sports –having fun –an after school sports program can also positively affect children on multiple levels.
Socially it gives them an opportunity to interact with classmates (and non-classmates) outside of the school setting. This not only strengthens friendships, but can also develop valuable real-life social skills.
Physically it gives them a structured setting to be healthy and active while at the same time helping them improve specific sports and general motor skills.
Emotionally, after school sports can teach such priceless lessons as teamwork, dedication, and the benefits of hard work.
So with all these pluses, what ‘s missing are the nutrients they need to replenish themselves. Take a look at 10 healthy and delicious snacks you can either make for your children:
Banana Breakfast Bars
These bars slip in one nutrient that kids wont even know they’re eating: textured vegetable protein, which gives them low-fat soy protein. The bananas are not only delicious but a great a source of potassium for their overworked muscles. Click here for the recipe
These are the perfect snack for halftime. The bananas are rich in carbohydrates and give your kids the energy for the second half, and the protein from the peanut butter makes sure they’re getting the support their bodies need during the game. Click here for the recipe.
Mini Pizza Rolls
Kids love pizza, so congratulate them on a win with these mini pizza rolls. Theyll get their fill of dairy and carbohydrates and satiate their pizza cravings. Click here for the recipe.
Sliced Golden Beets
If you’re trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables, these beet chips are the way to go. You’ll nourish their bodies during the game and all the while they’ll think they’re lucky enough to be eating potato chips. Click here for the recipe.
Caramel Maple Yogurt Dip
This dip proves that getting your kids to eat their fruits is as easy as making them dip-able. They’ll enjoy getting their vitamins from the apple and banana because of the caramel and maple flavored yogurt, which incidentally, is a great source of dairy. Click here for the recipe.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Trailbars
Its the best of both worlds: chocolate satiating your kids craving for candy and the peanut butter supplying them with the protein they need to grow into a bigger and stronger athlete. Click here for the recipe.
Buttery Cinnamon Pecans
This snack works double-duty, giving an excellent source of protein from the pecans, and strengthening cognitive function with the cinnamon, making sure the kids perform on and off the field.
Gone Fishin’ Snack Mix
Packed in individual sandwich bags, this snack mix will ride easily with you to the game, and is a great way to gift your kid some candy after a big win. In addition to the candy, kids are getting the carbohydrates they need from the oat cereal, so they’ll be ready for practice the next day. Click here for the recipe.
Soy Nut Clusters
Packed with protein, these nut clusters will easily tromp popcorn in the snack department, and are easy to carry with you to the game. Click here for the recipe.
Black Bean Mango Salsa
Most kids are adverse to salsa because they think its too spicy or they just cant stand tomatoes. This recipe uses a few chunks of sweet mango to trick them into liking it, while getting their fruits and vegetables at the same time. Click here for the recipe.
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