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Why Smart Snacks?

In an effort to support a healthy environment for youth, we are encouraging parents and guardians to use the USDAʼs Smart Snacks criteria to guide their selection of post-game snacks and beverages. Keep your kids healthy and happy so they can keep doing the things they love!

The Facts

What's Currently Happening at Each Game:

What Makes a Smart Snack

Nutrient Standards

Calories200 or less
Sodium200 mg or less
Total Fat35% of calories or less
Saturated Fatless than 10% of calories
Trans Fat0g
Sugar35% by weight or less

First ingredient

A Whole Grain
A Fruit
A Vegetable
A Dairy Product
or Protein Food
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Win With Water

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the routine intake of sports drinks should be avoided. Research suggests that when sports last less than 1 hour, water is sufficient for fluid replacement.

Why Water? Water is the healthiest and most natural liquid. Drinking just one 8-ounce sugary drink every day increases a child's odds of becoming obese by 60%.

Some Smart Snacks

Mixed Nuts

Fresh Fruit

String Cheese

Dried Fruit

Granola Bar

Additional Reading: Kids eat more calories in post-game snacks than they burn during the game

By Todd Hollingshead February 25, 2020 08:46 AM
Almost every parent knows the drill: When it’s your turn, you bring Capri Suns and Rice Krispies Treats to your child’s soccer game as a post-game snack. Whether you’re a parent that loves the tradition or despises it, new research shows how detrimental post-game treats are to a child’s health.