A Soccer Mom’s Team Snack Shopping List

It’s official! I am a soccer mom. I even have the mini van to match up to the reputation. My 5-year-old son is two weeks into his first soccer season. He practices one hour a week, and has one game each Saturday now until November. My husband has been taking him to practice, so I was unaware of snacks or a snack schedule until the first game.

This is what my son received after his first hour-long soccer game. He didn’t play the entire time. I estimated he burned somewhere between 110-150 calories playing for about 40 minutes. Being the dietitian and fitness person that I am, these snacks just didn’t make my cut. It also left me wondering why on earth would you shovel so many calories and carbs into one little kid for 40 minutes or less of physical activity. If this is what most parents are giving their kids after short-term physical activity, no wonder childhood obesity is at an all time high.

My 5 yr old’s post game soccer snack. The cookies were immediately eaten. I grabbed the rest before he could get to them.

Chips Ahoy – 4 pack cookies

190 calories

9 grams fat

27 grams carbohydrate

Nature Valley Granola Bars

190 calories

7 grams of fat

29 grams of carbohydrate

Fruit Roll Ups

50 calories

1 gram of fat

12 grams of carbohydrate

Gatorade G2

30 calories

0 grams of fat

7 grams of carbohydrate

Soccer Snack Totals: 460 calories, 17 grams of fat, and 75 grams of carbohydrate.

Does anyone else think something is wrong here? My kid expended less than 200 calories. Do the math. This is more than they need at a meal. Grown men sometimes eat 75 grams of carb at a meal, not kids. My pancreas hurts just telling you about this. Soccer fields should be a place where we encourage healthy habits. Think of it this way: If you had a car that called for high-octane fuel only, would you put the low-grade stuff in if you knew it would ruin the engine? If this is a standard snack, your kids are being fueled on red dye 40, blue 1, yellows 5 &6, partially hydrogenated oils,and  sugar (lots of it). Fruit contains fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that contribute to health. 1 piece is around 60-80 calories. Water has no calories and every cell in your body wants and needs it. Fruit and water are cheaper too! If you compare the soccer snack we received to fruit and water, I pick fruit and water. Highly processed foods have no place on a soccer field.

I recently started following Real Mom’s Nutrition blog. Sally Kuzemchak is a fellow Registered Dietitian and soccer mom. She developed the Soccer Snacktivism Handbook for parents to use to encourage better snacks at soccer games. Please watch her video and download the parent letter to be the change for your team.

I wanted to complement Sally’s Handbook with an easy, no brainer shopping list for moms and dads to use. Take this and the letter to your next team practice. This isn’t to condemn parents for giving kids snacks after a game. I just think parents have gotten used to giving treats. With childhood obesity at an all time high, we need to be mindful of what we give our kids. They will get plenty of treats. They don’t need 500 calories of treats after expending less than 200 calories. We have a real chance as parents to impact the health of our kids and their future. They may not like the fruit at first, but they may eventually cave to peer pressure. If they don’t have a snack, they can survive to the next meal.

Soccer Mom’s Team Snack Shopping List

Oranges, cut into wedges

Bananas

Apples

Grapes

Watermelon, cut up

Raisins or Dried Fruit

Any other fresh fruit that is easy for kids to handle

Bottled Water

Wet wipes

Napkins

*Featured image via bigstockphoto

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5 Comments on “A Soccer Mom’s Team Snack Shopping List”

  1. September 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Wow! I can’t get over the size of that snack your son got after his game! Amazing. Great shopping list for parents–and how much money parents will save if they follow that list instead of buying the cookies, fruit roll-ups, sports drinks, and granola bars! Keep up the good fight. 🙂

    • Supermarketnutrition411
      September 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Sally, Thanks for your comment. I had read your blog on soccer snacks and then experienced it first hand. I was in total shock. Thanks for creating your amazing resource. I hope more parents join in. You need a “Snacktivism” badge/blog movement!:)

  2. September 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Holy Cow! I have been a Soccer mom for years now and we do snack as well. I took cut up orange slices or grapes with the Gatorade- just because my kids now play full field for over an hour. They also get a choice of taking a Nature Valley granola bar if they like. But When they where little we did 1 snack with a juice box- that is a lot of snacks for one game.

    • Supermarketnutrition411
      September 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Amanda, some people just go to the extreme for little kids. I honestly think most people are in a hurry and don’t even realize what they are doing. If kids are exercising longer periods of time, other options can be appropriate. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  3. September 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Snactivism badge is actually in the works! 🙂

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