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When after-school activities follow right after school pick-up, you know the last thing you will want to pass your young athlete is a sugar-loaded donut.
Healthy snacks for athletes don’t have to be boring.
Here are some preferred healthy snacks for athletes:
- Assorted Nuts
- Nut bars
- Dried fruit
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Fruit bowls
- Whole-grain crackers with hummus or cheese
These are the best snacks for athletes and are easy to pick up at any grocery store.
So skip that fast-food drive-through.
If your child craves something different, and you have a few minutes before heading out the door, consider giving them this new favorite –
a mini charcuterie board or jarcuteries:
personal-sized, on-the-go charcuterie jars!
Or my kids’ favorite healthy snack for athletes:
My No-Bake, Peanut Butter Protein Balls!
WHY Peanut Butter Protein Balls?
This power snack is a family favorite.
(My husband even requested we make a batch for our next road trip!)
Peanut butter is:
- an excellent protein source,
- rich in heart-healthy fats, and
- is a well-balanced energy source.
It is one of those good snacks for athletes as it is known to be one delicious way to encourage the building and repair of muscles.
These are perfect for the kids to snack on before soccer practice or as energy snacks for athletes on your teams during one of those long sports matches.
The last thing you need is to have your child munch on mindless calories.
This is good.
What makes these Peanut Butter Protein Balls even better is that they’re no-bake!
Add your choice of peanut butter to a marriage of assorted honey roasted nuts, semi-dark chocolate chips, old-fashioned/rolled or steel-cut oats, honey, and shredded coconut,
and you have a sure-fire winner!
My son loves making these as a post-school snack.
Preference-wise, the kids enjoy old-fashioned oats over steel-cut any day.
Feel free to swap RX Nut Butter flavors in your Power Balls and see which one your young athlete likes the best.
You can also use any other peanut butter brand too.
I really like the RX Nut Butter Honey Cinnamon Flavor.
Pin this recipe to your favorite board and share this with families with active athletes at home or even away at college.
Before I share this recipe, here are a few more recipes to bookmark as must-trys after a long game/workout session.
Packed with all the nourishing goodness your athlete needs, these easy recipes are a favorite in my family:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup old-fashioned/rolled or steel-cut oats
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup regular or honey roasted cashews, almonds, walnuts
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (dried)