When it’s time to gear up and go, we all know that healthy snacks for athletes are super important when it comes to filling them up and keeping them focused at game time. But with so many snacks out there on the market, it can be pretty confusing to find the best ones that will keep athletes energized from the warm-up to the final play. Read on for some of our suggestions of healthy snacks built to last, even for the hungriest of athletes!
4 Ideas for Healthy Snacks for Athletes
Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadilla
This item on our list of healthy snacks for athletes is sure to delight (and fuel) almost anyone! Plus, it’s really simple to make: just spread a dollop of your favorite peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla and top with thin slices of fresh bananas (or even our Crispy Bananas!). Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt and top with another whole wheat tortilla. Throw this baby in a heated pan with some grapeseed oil and cook for about 2 minutes on each side (or until done). Then, slice the quesadilla into 3 or 4 slices and serve! Trust us – this snack is worth making, even after the toughest of practices!
Fresh Veggies & Hummus
Fresh veggies and hummus makes for a great healthy snack for athletes because it’s super easy to pack and contains everything athletes need to keep them energized until the final play. Crunchy sliced carrots, celery sticks and bell peppers are all delicious when dunked in your favorite hummus spread. Hummus, made with crushed chickpeas, also adds in some muscle building protein and tons of vitamins and minerals to this yummy snack! You can find single serving, grab-and-go hummus packs in your local supermarket.
Low-Fat Chocolate Milk
Most people do not give low-fat chocolate milk enough credit for being a great option for athletes. Because chocolate milk is packed with calcium, it helps keep bones strong and offers essential vitamins and nutrients, making it one of our favorite healthy snacks for athletes. Not to mention – who doesn’t love a nice, cold, refreshing chocolate milk?! Look for prepackaged, all-natural chocolate milk in your local supermarket to make it a portable option when you’re out on the field (just be sure to keep it cool).
Crispy Fruit – with a Twist!
Everyone can agree that the best kinds of healthy snacks for athletes are ones that are easily packable and able to be eaten when you’re on-the-go! If you’re looking for an easy way to get your dose of daily vitamins with a protein-packed punch, look no further than Crispy Fruit topped off with some all-natural peanut butter. Just grab a bag of your favorite Crispy Fruit and a snack size peanut butter packet and you’re ready to play!
More Ideas for Healthy Snacks for Athletes
If you have any other ideas for delicious, healthy snacks for athletes, we’d like to hear from you! Leave us a comment below and share your suggestions with us!