Do you struggle to find HEALTHY snacks for your athlete? If you answered yes, then just know that you are not alone. This seems to be one of the top struggles that moms of athletes face.
My son is a high school senior (insert tears) and will run track in college. He is always looking for good, easy and healthy snacks. We find that prepping meals and snacks is key to staying on track.
Below I have 5 amazing options that your athlete and family will love.
I hope you try them.
5 Nutritious Snacks for your Athlete
Baked Sweet Potato Chips - Sweet potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates and fiber, making them a great pre-workout snack. To make baked sweet potato chips, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Slice a sweet potato into thin rounds, toss with olive oil and a pinch of salt, then arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.
Avocado Toast with Egg - Avocado is a great source of healthy fats, while eggs provide protein and other essential nutrients. To make avocado toast with egg, toast a slice of whole grain bread, then spread mashed avocado on top. Top with a fried or poached egg and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Homemade Energy Bars - These bars are a great source of sustained energy, perfect for a long training session or endurance event. To make them, combine rolled oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and honey in a food processor. Press the mixture into a baking dish and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes, until firm. Let cool, then cut into bars.
Edamame - Edamame is a great plant-based protein source, providing both protein and fiber. To make edamame, simply boil frozen edamame pods in salted water for 5-7 minutes, then drain and serve with a sprinkle of sea salt.
Roasted Chickpeas - Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein and fiber, making them a great snack for athletes. To make roasted chickpeas, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, then pat dry with a paper towel. Toss with olive oil, salt, and your choice of spices, then spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 20-30 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.