High-sugar, highly processed J-U-N-K. No wonder why my son's soccer
team is 0 and 5 (not that there's anything wrong with that, yada, yada, yada).
Oh, I can hear it now. "We're busy!
There's not time for slicing fruit. They deserve sugar! Who cares? Don't judge me!"
Well screw it. I work hard all week and even I can take a few minutes to
cut up some oranges. Quit your moaning, listen up and take a page from the
notebook of Sally Kuzemchak, a registered dietitian and author of RealMomNutrition.com.
She started the free Sports Snacktivism Handbook, which
provides all the tools to get the lazy parents on your kids' soccer or any
sports team on board the water and fruit snack bandwagon.
Handbook provides a sample coach letter, a sample team letter, a FAQ to answer
questions from coaches or parents and a printable PDF list of 20 fruit
and veggie team snack ideas. She even has a slideshow of photos and stats to share.
I work hard all week and even I can take a few minutes to cut up some oranges.
Her letter includes this old-fashioned gem: Every child brings a water bottle, and parents take turns bringing fresh fruit for after the game. This fruit-only snack policy benefits everyone, because there's less cost (when it's your turn to bring snacks, you are only in charge of bringing fruit, no drinks) and less mess (no packages to pick up, no juice pouches in landfills). It also means they'll be hungry for lunch or dinner afterward.
My favorite part of the handbook is the answer to the question of do we even need snacks?
Kuzemchak's answer is, "We don't. If all of the parents are in favor of
eliminating snacks, let's go for it. Less hassle for everyone."
Now that was easy. No more running to the grocery store and
missing the first half of the game, no more slicing and dicing and worrying
about food allergies and organics. Just the facts, ma'am, and that would be the
45-minute game thankyouverymuch.
So for all you moms and dads out there that were raised on the crack vile known
as sports drinks and candy bars masked as healthy snacks who will argue the subject of halftime snacks 'till
we are Cool Blue in the face, I say
stick a banana it, sit down on your sideline camp chair and support the players—not the sugar game.