Soccer season is in full swing for us and yet again we need soccer snack ideas! There is not much time between when we get home from school and when the soccer game starts so we need to plan our snack out ahead of time! Our go to snack before the game is a banana, but we also need quick, easy and healthy soccer snack ideas for after the game. One of the most popular snacks we took for last seasons games were Orange Slices and Trail Mix. In the last year or so we have tried to cut out all the colors and artificial flavors so here are our alternatives.
- Freeze Go-Yurt tubes of yogurt for after the game
- Fresh Fruit such as grapes, oranges, watermelon, apple slices and bananas
- Homemade Granola Bars, Trail Mix
- Jello, Applesauce
- All natural Juice boxes to drink
Now that we covered soccer snack ideas we need to move on to what to drink. By the time a soccer player feels thirty, it’s probably too late because they may already be dehydrated. It is very important that your soccer player drink plenty of liquids before, throughout, and after play. Your child should drink at least one glass of fluid about an hour prior to the game and about 20 minutes before they should have a little more fluids. The American Council on Exercise recommends drinking 7 to 10 ounces of fluid for each 10 t0 20 minutes of activity. Consider letting your child have a sports drink if the weather is especially hot as it will help replenish sodium levels and provided electrolytes.
Remember, that if each family takes turns providing a snack always find out if any of the players have food allergies before bringing a team snack ! Also, always make sure to bring a little extra because the younger siblings always seem to want to partake in snack time so I try to be conscious of that. My four year old told me that her favorite part of soccer was the snack – can’t get more honest than that!