Healthy Sports Snacks for Kids
Speaker 1: It happens after every kid’s baseball, soccer, football game. We’re talking about snack time.
Speaker 2: But after an hour or so of healthy exercise, kids are often stuffed with sugary snacks that could actually be hurting their performance, energy, and focus. Here with a closer look is Brooke Thomas, the founder of 360yourlife.com. Brooke, good morning.
Brooke: Good morning. How are you?
Speaker 1 & 2: Great! We’re good. How are you?
Speaker 1: The idea for this segment came about after your daughter’s soccer games, and you noticed after every single one of their games, they would be loaded with processed food and sugary drinks.
Brooke: Absolutely. I have a daughter that’s 6 and a daughter that’s 9, and I have collected a lot of material over the last year or two, so I just wanted to encourage moms and dads out there that there are better options. There’s companies that are making better foods and snacks for our kids, and we can make easy simple recipes too.
Speaker 1: Let me ask you this question first. What to you, Brooke, is the problem with some of this snacks that they’re getting after these games?
Brooke: A lot of the snacks have ingredients that are very harmful to our children. I wrote a blog specific to this with a lot of detail that’s on my website today. I really wanted to educate and encourage parents to go there and read about these ingredients because I really feel like there’s not enough awareness out there, and the more awareness we have the more … In other countries, they’ve banned a lot these ingredients because of consumer demand, and we’re not demanding it enough.
Speaker 1: We should say too though, you’re not beating up on parents here.
Brooke: Not at all.
Speaker 1: A lot of time, it’s just because people don’t know. I’ll admit. After my kid’s games, when I’m snack mom for that day, I’ll bring Gatorade, and I’ll bring Cheez-its because that’s easy and that’s what I pick off the shelf.
Brooke: Absolutely. There is no condemnation here. This is purely encouragement that there’s so many other options out there. Let’s get started.
Speaker 2: Let’s start when it comes to the drinks.
Brooke: The drinks. These are supposed to be hydration drinks that are supposed to keep us powered and energized, and all 3 of these right here. Yummy tummy, Gatorade, and Hi-C, they all combined have a combination of TBHQ, BHT, preservatives and chemicals, high fructose corn syrup. Things that absolutely will not fuel our kids for post-workout feeling great.
Female: Not even Gatorade?
Brooke: It has dyes. It has a blue dye in this blue Gatorade that is really not great. Again, on my website, I go into detail why that’s not great for our bodies. We want naturally occurring foods in our bodies. The better option would be … I have this Shaklee performance which is colored from a plant extract, the way our food and drinks should be colored. They have orange and lemon-lime. Nothing artificial in it. Next, I’ve got coconut water. Coconut water is so hydrating and so good. The problem that I have found, and I’ve never found one that I liked the taste.
Female: Tastes awful.
Brooke: This True Coco, I promise you, if you try this, best one on the market because it goes straight from the coconut to the bottle, and it’s in a glass bottle.
Female: Is it sweet?
Brooke: It’s sweet. It’s delicious. I should’ve had a sample. I’ll let you guys try it after. This is the only one my kids will drink, and they think it’s delicious, and I do too, so I encourage you to get that. They’re locally owned too, so I love that. I promise, you’re going to love it. Next, is the alkaline water we talked about this Diamond Creek alkaline water. Great hydration. Better to swap out. Let’s get to the very popular … If you’re a mom and dad that have kids, you know what these products are. These are the granola bars, the Cheez-Its, and all of these products here.
Speaker 1: All stocked in my pantry.
Brooke: The ingredients that we showed on the screen earlier, the TBHQ, the BHT, all of those ingredients that are not going to fuel our kids. They can really be harmful. There are better options, I promise, so I want to show you some better options.
Female: That are also easy.
Brooke: Yes, easy. The easiest thing if you don’t want to make something would be to buy a better product. The 2 that I brought are, the first one, Bruks Bars. I love these. They’re my new favorite. I love …
Female: Because they have Bruk?
Brooke: Yes, and the girl that makes them, her name is Brooke, so do favor them, but … And she’s local … but in all reality, they only have a few ingredients, all natural, high in antioxidants. Really good power snack for kids and adults. I love those. Also, Shaklee snack bars. Non-GMO, nothing artificial. I love this company because they’re natural and I can trust them. If you are going to make something, this will take you, I promise, 5 minutes or less. I made some little trail mix snack packs. Some have some nuts and seeds, and the other ones have Goji berries and banana chips in these little ziplock bags. Also, my easy energy bites. They’re gluten-free, nut-free, and literally, 5 ingredients you mix together, roll in a ball, put them in the fridge, you’re good to go.
Female: I’ll tell you this though. I’m thinking if I show up to my kid’s … after the baseball game, and I give them a bag of this and a bottle of coconut water, those kids are not going to go for it. That’s what I think. That’s why I end up buying the other stuff.
Brooke: This is what I would suggest. I have educated my kids at this point. I show them what these ingredients do, and I tell them how I want them fuel them for their best athletic performance and that I’m going to bring some of their favorite snacks. So, this is what my kids do now after educating them. They’ll walk up and hand me the snacks that they’ve been given, and maybe it’s not the most popular thing. My kids are 6 and 9, so they’re still okay to do that. Then I hand them my little treats in the bag, and it works for me. I encourage you, parents, to educate your kids on what these ingredients do.
Speaker 2: Best case scenario. They say, “We don’t want you to bring the snacks anymore.” Totally off the hook.
Speaker 1: I’m out of it.
Brooke: But, again, we’ve got to band together, right? This is a common …
Speaker 1: I understand what people are thinking when they hear you talk.
Brooke: I know. I know. I’ve gotten over that, I guess. I get made fun of a lot, I’m sure. The next one is donuts. This is very popular, and I’m assuming it’s because it’s easy to walk in with a box of donuts, open it up, pretty, pretty, you think. I’m not even going to explain why donuts might not be the best for fueling our kids for athletic performance.
Female: Let’s close that box. It’s smells way too good.
Brooke: But what I did want to show are my healthy brownies. I know you both have tried these.
Speaker 2: Yes, and they are very good.
Brooke: They’re my black bean protein brownies, and I wanted to show. This literally took me 5 minutes to prep, throw them in a blender, bake for 30 minutes, and then you can put a lid on it and carry it into the game just like the donuts. I promise I’ve never had one child that’s told me they haven’t liked them. I encourage you to make those. Last, fruit. My children have been given fruit pops, like candy fruit pops, and gummies all day long, and again, artificial colors, dyes, all of those things. Really and truly, real fruit, juicy, juicy real fruit. My friend and I were sitting at the game last week. We were eating oranges on a hot day just like little kids again, and it tasted so good. I forget how good real food is, and you can put them in these little zip lock bags right here.
Female: Snack size bags. Awfully cute.
Brooke: It’s so easy, and I promise, the kids love them. They are putting oranges in their mouths, the smiley face. Also, if you don’t want to bring fruit, and you just want to bring a grand and go, this is great. These apple fruit crisps. They are great. They’re just apples dehydrated, and I like seeing brands that are targeted to kids that are healthy because, unfortunately, a lot of the brands that have been targeted to our children are the unhealthy ones. So I like seeing brands that are really starting to target kids that are healthy. I hope that encourages and helps some parents.
Speaker 1: I like it very much. My intention to do this.
Brooke: I know. Well, if we lived closer, we could get together and …
Speaker 1: 360yourlife.com is Brooke’s website. 360yourlife.com. Thank you very much.
Brooke: Thank you.
Speaker 1: Great ideas.