It can be overwhelming to try and figure out what to pack for all-day youth sports competitions. Olympian and TrueSport Parent Janet Evans shares her tips on how to keep young athletes happy with snacks that are both nutritious and easy to prepare.
Hi, TrueSports fans. Janet Evans here with more tips on how to keep our little athletes happy and healthy. As a mom of two kids, I know that those meets, competitions, and tournaments can last all day. So, what do I pack in my cooler? Well, let’s say, if we’re going to a swim meet where there’s short little breaks for my kids between events. I’ll look at my fruit bowl, I’ll grab an orange, throw that in the cooler. Maybe some watermelon slices. My daughter loves cherry tomatoes. And of course, the low-fat granola bars are always good.
These snacks are great to put in your cooler because they’re easy to digest and give our kids energy. But what if I’m going to, let’s say, a soccer tournament where there’s long breaks between each game? I like to pack snacks with a little bit more protein, maybe some low-fat yogurt, maybe a nut butter sandwich. And of course, trail mix is always good to throw in the cooler to give our kids some protein. And as we all know, our kids need to stay hydrated. Please push more water than you think they may need. And if the activity is over an hour, I recommend a sports drink. TrueSports knows that plannings ahead keeps our kids happy, healthy, and successful on and off the playing field.