Game-day: Pack snacks that fuel your sports star

Explore suggestions for quick, easy on-the-go snacks that will keep your sports star fueled and ready for peak competition.

The season change ushers in an upswing in fall sports and recreation. It’s important to pack food that will benefit both your superstar athlete and keep the family rooting for him or her sustained with nutrient-rich snacks. Three servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy every day are important for building strong bones and in helping keep active bodies healthy. For portable, on-the-go snacks, be sure to pack your cooler with delicious dairy snacks:

  • Snack cheese cubes, sticks or slices
  • String cheese
  • Flavored yogurts
  • Portable yogurt in a tube
  • Yogurt smoothies
  • Drinkable yogurts
  • Grab-n-go milk

If there is more than one hour between competitions, it is important to replenish fluids, restore nutrients and feed hungry tummies. Keep it light and simple with these fun and tasty combos:

  • Pair string cheese with grapes
  • Grap-n-go milk with a granola bar
  • Drinkable yogurt
  • Combine pretzel sticks with cheese cubes
  • Apple slices with cheese
  • Wrap a slice of lean lunch meat around string cheese
  • Dunk fresh veggie sticks into yogurt dip
  • Dip fresh fruit or animal crackers into fruit dip

After the game or competition, replenish fluids, restore nutrients and refuel tired muscles with these nutrient rich beverages:

  • Fat-Free Milk-Milk is 90% water and a great tasting choice to replace fluids and prevent dehydration after exercise, practices and games
  • Chocolate milk contains both carbohydrates and protein that are important for an athlete’s sports nutrition plan visit http://www.chocolatemilk.com/.

For more information regarding game day snacks or using dairy in your diet visit the Midwest Dairy Council.

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