Team Snack Day? We Have You Covered!

If you have a child on a youth baseball or t-ball team, you probably have to bring snacks at least once or twice throughout the season. Healthy, tasty snacks are favored by kids and parents, but there are other things to take into consideration such as food allergies, easy-to-pack snacks and your budget. Here are some things to keep in mind as your week for snack mom approaches.

Prepackaged Snacks are Best

Even though you may want your children to eat foods that are minimally processed, prepackaged foods are still a great pick in certain circumstances. T-ball is one of them. Prepackaged foods are easy to pack and easy to hand out. You don’t have to worry about other parents feeling uncomfortable because they’re not sure about your kitchen etiquette. And, if you have leftover snacks, you can pack them away for picnic lunches or vacations.

Be Mindful of Food Allergies

It’s likely that at least one child on the team will have a food allergy, so be mindful of allergenic foods such as dairy products, peanut butter and nuts. Granola bars are always a great go-to snack, but they are also processed in factories with nuts and seeds. Most parents of kids with allergies will bring their own snacks, but it’s always nice to consider these kids, too.

Aim for Healthy

Many parents get tired of feeding their kids cookies and cupcakes, especially after a hot t-ball game. Think about the many healthy options available such as:

  • Dried fruit

  • Fruit leather

  • Fresh fruit like bananas, oranges and apples

  • Carrot sticks and ranch dip

  • Whole wheat crackers and cheese sticks

  • Boxes of raisins

  • Applesauce pouches

  • Fruit and cereal bars

  • Bottled water

  • Fresh fruit juice boxes

  • Dye-free sports drinks

Bring Extras for Siblings

While you certainly don’t have to bring extra snacks for siblings, especially if your budget doesn’t allow, it is a nice gesture. Younger siblings often get bored and fidgety during baseball games, and a fun snack and drink will keep them entertained, at least for a bit. And, most parents will be grateful that you have something to share with their child.

Snack time is an important part of the day for young kids, so make the most of it with the above tips!