refuel with smart snacks

Refuel with Smart Snacks

by Sharon Maynard RD LD

Kids, just like adults, need to consume a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all five food groups each day.

Complex carbohydrates like lowfat or fat free milk, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains are essential to meeting the body’s demand for energy. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is important to develop strong bones and muscles. Try out some of the snacks below (be sure to have a cooler on hand to keep them cold) for fresh inspiration for your spring and summer outdoor games and activities

  • Fruit and lowfat string cheese
  • Fruit smoothie made with lowfat or fat-free yogurt or milk
  • Vegetables and hummus
  • Lowfat or fat-free chocolate milk (or lactose-free chocolate milk) and a banana
  • Yogurt with fruit or lowfat granola
  • Turkey and veggies in a whole wheat pita
  • Lowfat cheese and crackers
  • Whole grain cereal and milk
  • Celery and peanut butter
  • Graham crackers and peanut butter

Replenishing after a game (within 15-30 minutes) is important, it’s the best time for their bodies to quickly restore its jet fuel! Check out our Smart Snacks Pinterest board for other great snacking ideas!

Sharon Maynard RD LD

Sharon is a Nutrition Affairs and School Wellness Coordinator for the American Dairy Association Mideast. She is a registered dietitian and a mother of two teenage boys. Sharon loves to travel, meet new people and make a difference!

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