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Sports day is a school event that kids look forward to every year. It’s a chance for them to shine in track and field, and come up tops in an activity outside of the classroom.
So, to help kids focus and stay energised, it is important that they fuel up with the right snacks and bites both before and throughout the race day. Check out our top 5 energy-boosting snacks to pack for kids during sports day.
Most parents are aware of the benefits that the two main ingredients in this snack offer. Peanut butter is packed with protein that helps to keep you full longer, while banana is known to sustain your blood sugar and helps prevent muscle cramps during workouts. This makes this sandwich combination perfect as a sports day snack. To prepare, just follow these simple steps:
You will need:
2 slices whomemeal bread
1 can peanut butter
Spread peanut butter generously on both slices of wholemeal bread.
Cut banana into round slices and line it on top of the peanut butter spread on bread.
Stick both slices of bread with peanut butter and banana slices together and cut into a triangle shape in the middle.
Place into a container and pack it into your child’s snack box for sports day.
Besides being a good source of calcium and protein, yogurt also makes for a refreshing snack after a tiring race out in the sun. To keep your yogurt tubes chilled longer, pop them in the freezer the night before. The tubes in frozen form can also be enjoyed like a popsicle – minus all the extra sugar.
Just before their big race, kids need a light snack that can give them a quick energy boost. A trail mix makes the perfect pre-race snack, and you can mix your child’s favourite dried fruits and nuts in a handy zip lock bag. Some ideas for your bag of trail mix include raisins, cashews, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, dried apricots and cranberries.
One important thing to consider about sports day is this: Kids may get nervous about doing well in their race, which puts them off eating heavy snacks to maintain their energy levels. For this, perhaps a small box of fresh cut fruits such as melons, pears and orange slices may be easier for them to chomp down. It is also a refreshing snack that helps them cool down from the heat and gives them that burst of energy.
Besides filling up your kids’ bottle with water to make sure that they stay hydrated, you can also include a nutritious drink to give them an energy boost. One great drink to pack is the PediaSure Complete Ready to Drink. Available in 2 great flavours, this nutritious drink is filled with protein, vitamins and minerals, which helps to make sure that your kids get all the nutrients that they need for race day.
We hope that these simple sports day snack ideas will help get you started in preparing a wholesome and nutritious snack pack for your little ones on sports day. Do tell us what your favourite sports day snack is in the poll below.
Hi I'm Sandra, a proud mummy of two beautiful kids and contributor to theAsianparent Singapore!
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