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Healthy Post-Play Snacks

Whether they’re coming home from football practice or ballet, they’re tired, exhilarated, thirsty, hungry and dirty. But most of all, they need a snack that helps them recover from their workout. Don’t mindlessly reach for a high-sugar/high-calorie “reward” for their hard play. Help them build muscle and nutritional smarts with a healthy snack. Don’t forget to set a good example after your workout too, by choosing smart snacks for yourself!

Don’t reach for sugar-sweetened drinks or sports drinks.
Instead pour on the:
•    Water
•    Fat-free or 1% milk
•    No-added-sugar, 100% fruit juice
•    Low-sodium vegetable juice
•    Iced green tea

Instead of chips, a candy bar or a power bar, plate up:
•    Natural, unsalted sunflower seeds, walnuts or almonds
•    Fat-free, 1% or low-fat cheese sticks and whole grain crackers
•    Cheese and sliced apples and/or oranges
•    A banana and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
•    A small container of low-fat yogurt
•    Carrots and celery sticks
•    A bowl of oatmeal
•    A hard-boiled egg
•    Low-fat cottage cheese and fruit
•    Half of a whole grain bagel with low-fat cream cheese or hummus

It’s what our bodies need.

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