I am always on the lookout for great ideas for my young athletes! I’m not only a mom but a sports mom (and proud of it). So today on Cooking with Chris on the Burnt Macaroni Facebook page, I shared The Perfect Healthy Meals & Snacks for Athletes!
I have done a lot of research on the perfect healthy foods for athletes. I also write for a Sports Moms website so I have definitely looked into this topic:)
So here are a few things I have learned about feeding our little (or big) athletes before, during and after a big game or practice.
The Perfect Healthy Meals & Snacks for Athletes
This Penne Pasta with Broccoli is so easy to make. Cook your pasta and broccoli separately. I usually undercook the broccoli in case you want to reheat it. Add a tablespoon of olive oil or butter to the pasta. Mix in the cooked broccoli. Add some parmesan cheese to the top. Serve!
Pre-Game Snacks or Meals
- Whole-Grains (pasta, brown rice, crackers)
- Penne Pasta with Broccoli
- Turkey Sandwich
- Ham & Egg Burrito
- Grilled Chicken, potato and veggie
- Scrambled Eggs with toast
- Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
- Hardboiled eggs
- Peanut butter & crackers
This Ham & Egg burrito is also a very simple recipe. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a hot pan. Cook half of a white onion, chopped until it’s clear. Add chopped sandwich ham to warm up. In a mixing bowl, whisk two eggs together and pour into hot pan with the ham and onion. Once the egg is scrambled, remove the mixture and put in the middle of a large flour tortilla. Add shredded mexican cheese to the top and fold the burrito. Serve or add to hot pan to sear the opening of the burrito.
- Bananas (sliced)
- Orange slices
- Apple wedges
What’s in your post-game snack bag? This one includes water, banana, string cheese, dried fruit roll up & applesauce.
Post-Game Meals or Snacks
- Chocolate milk
- White milk
- Fresh or frozen fruit
- Dried fruit, including roll-ups
- Granola bars (low in calories and sugar)
- Oatmeal Cookies
- Peanut Butter Crackers
- String cheese
- Popcorn, pretzels, baked chips
- Trail mix with dried fruit
What do you like to give your athletes before, during and after a big game or practice?