My son plays soccer for my town’s local soccer league. This is his second year playing in the town’s league. With each season, the coach sends out a list of the game dates and randomly assigns each of the moms a date to bring the post-game snack. I have a confession to make. I hate being snack mom.
First, I am convinced I am the only one who takes being a snack mom seriously. I put a lot of thought into my post-game snack for the team. I try to choose something that is kid-friendly but also healthy. I honestly think about it for weeks. Yes, I am a bit compulsive.
Second, the snacks that are offered by some of the other parents can be a bit, well …. gross. I have seen everything from bagged fruit snacks (which I despise), to cupcakes and even a pizza! Seriously, a pizza at 10 a.m. in the morning?!
And lastly, I hate feeling like “that” mom. You know which one I am talking about. The food snob who doesn’t want her kid to eat anything “fun.” It’s not that I deprive my kids of sweets and other types of “fun” foods. I don’t. I firmly believe you can enjoy anything – in moderation. But, when game after game all I see are poor choices, it can get a little old.
I have read article after article about soccer snacks and other post-game snacks and I know I am not the only mom out there who feels this way. And, I also know there are many moms out there who take the lead and coordinate healthy snacks for the entire team’s snack schedule. I am not there yet.
At the start of this season, I broached the topic of a healthy snack with some of the moms on the sidelines during practice and was met with silence. I took the silence as a hint and didn’t press the topic. Maybe healthy snacks are just too much work. I guess it is easier to stop by the local doughnut shop or pretzel factory and pick up something fast.
So, instead of becoming “that” mom of the 2012 soccer season, I vowed to myself that at least my post-game snack assignment would be a healthy one. If you vow to bring healthy snacks too, let me know.
In the meantime, if you want to bring a healthy snack but just can’t think of one, consider some of these suggestions. However, BE WARNED, healthy snacks are not always popular. I have had kids flat-out decline my snack and let’s just say, they weren’t always polite.
- Air-popped popcorn, individually bagged — this is what I chose as my post-game snack last week and it was a hit!
- Organic Frozen Yogurt Tubes
- Fresh Fruit – bananas, whole apples, grapes, orange slices, watermelon slices or clementines are good options
- Whole-grain mini muffins
- Pirate’s Booty – now sold in individual-sized bags
- Z Bars by Cliff Bars – my kids love the chocolate brownie flavor
- Individually wrapped cheese sticks
- Homemade trail mix – you could include whole grain-cereal, yogurt covered raisins, pretzel sticks, nuts (be mindful of possible allergies and a small amount of chocolate chips)
- Graham crackers and peanut butter (again, watch for allergies)
- Baby carrots and ranch dip
Make sure your little sports star washes these healthy snacks down with water, water, water. My son drinks the most water when he is playing soccer. I always tell him he needs to”fill up his tank.”
If you are the snack mom this weekend, what do you plan on bringing? Come on, confess.
- Sensational Store Bought Snacks for Kids On-the-Go (redtri.com)