Pre-Game Healthy Sports Snacks

Help your child make it to half-time feeling strong: Fuel muscles with carbohydrates one to two hours before an athletic event or practice.

For a longer game or training session, add some protein or fiber to slow digestion and sustain energy. To get these, choose fruit or low-fat protein options such as milk, turkey, or yogurt. But skip snacks with lots of sugar.

Pre-game snacks to avoid include fatty foods, since these slow digestion, and extra-sweet foods such as soda, candy, and sports drinks. These cause a spike in blood sugar. If sugar levels rise and then drop quickly during a game, your child could become sluggish or even dizzy.

Easy pre-game snack suggestions:

1 Whole-grain bread, crackers, tortillas, or pretzels

2 Cereal (as long as it's not high in sugar)

3 Enriched pasta or brown rice

4 Plain popcorn

5 Low-fat cheese, milk, yogurt, or pudding

6 Turkey, chicken, tofu

7 Apples, bananas, pears, oranges

8 Carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumbers