Ever wondered what the best soccer players have in common? They know the important of having the right snacks available for soccer team before, during and after games.
Snacks aren’t just about satisfying your hunger. They’re like a secret weapon to help you perform your best.
The energy you use up while running, kicking and playing needs to be replaced with the right nutrients. That’s where smart snacking comes in with snacks for the soccer team that are easy to pack, allergen-free and safe for all players.
So, whether you’re eyeing that goal or enjoying the game with your teammates, remember that the right snacks can make a real difference in your performance.
Top snacks for soccer team players
When it comes to choosing snacks that are easy to share with your soccer team, convenience and nutrition go hand in hand. Packaged snacks are often the ideal choice as they can be easily shared among teammates and provide a quick energy boost.
Packable and shelf stable team snack ideas
1. Boxes of raisins, cranberries or dried fruit
These bite-sized treats are packed with natural sugars, providing a quick energy source to top off fuel at halftime. They also count as one of your daily servings of fruit.
2. Canned and fresh fruit cups
Pre-packaged fruit cups offer a mix of vitamins, minerals, and hydration. Opt for varieties packed in water or natural fruit juices for a healthy option.
3. Pudding cups
Choose low-fat, sugar-free pudding cups for a satisfying and creamy treat. Although they are shelf stable, you can refrigerate them for a cool treat. You can also sprinkle some granola or nuts on top for some crunch and healthy fats.
4. Granola bars, fig bars, energy bars
Opt for bars with whole grains, nuts and dried fruits. Look for those with minimal added sugars and no artificial flavors. These bars are great for providing sustained energy and satisfying hunger.
5. Goldfish crackers, brown rice crackers, pretzels
These crunchy, salty snacks are easy to share and can satisfy a craving for something savory. Look for whole grain varieties when possible. Pair with some peanut butter or hummus for extra protein and flavor.
6. Rice krispy treats
7. Trail mix with nuts, dry cereal, dried fruit
Create a custom trail mix using dried fruits, nuts, dry cereal and seeds. This mix provides a balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Add some dark chocolate chips or mini marshmallows too for a sweet treat.
8. Chocolate milk
Chocolate milk is a delicious and nutritious snack that helps you recover from physical activity. It contains calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, protein for muscle repair, and carbohydrates for energy.
9. Satsumas, bananas, apples
Fresh fruits like satsumas, apples, grapes, and bananas are nature’s energy packs. They’re portable, easy to peel, and rich in vitamins and minerals. They also help replenish potassium levels that are lost through sweating.
10. Mini bagels
Mini bagels are quick high carbohydrate snacks for athletes to eat for a quick halftime snack or after the game, combined with a string cheese or chocolate milk. You can also spread some cream cheese or jam on them.
11. Popcorn bags
Popcorn is a quick and easy snack, high in carbs. Pairing popcorn with one of the other protein snacks makes a balanced post game snack.
Team snacks to pack in the cooler
12. Hummus and veggies
Hummus is a delicious dip made from chickpeas that is rich in protein, fiber and healthy fats. You can pair it with baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices or cherry tomatoes for a refreshing and crunchy snack.
13. Yogurt tubes
Yogurt tubes are convenient and fun ways to enjoy yogurt on the go. They provide calcium, protein and probiotics that support bone health and digestion. You can freeze them overnight for a frozen treat or keep them chilled in a cooler.
14. Hard-boiled eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a simple and satisfying snack that provide protein and healthy fats. You can buy package varieties or make your own and peel them ahead of time and store them in a ziplock bag or container.
15. Orange slices
Orange slices are a popular and refreshing snack for soccer players. They provide vitamin C, antioxidants and hydration that help boost immunity and prevent dehydration.
17. Watermelon slices
This juicy fruit provides hydration and a dose of vitamins, making it an ideal choice for halftime breaks or refreshing hydrating post game snack. It’s usually a soccer team favorite.
18. String cheese
A protein-packed individually wrapped snack that’s perfect for both post-game recovery, especially when paired with a high carb food like a mini bagel or crackers.
Tips for choosing the best snacks for soccer teams
1. Plan ahead
Make a list of the snacks you want to bring and shop for them in advance. You can also prepare some of the snacks ahead of time and store them in the fridge or freezer until you need them.
2. Check for allergies
Before you pack any snacks, make sure you check with the parents or coaches if any of the players have any food allergies or sensitivities. Avoid any foods that may cause allergic reactions or discomfort for the players.
3. Keep it balanced
4. Keep it fun
Snacks don’t have to be boring or bland. You can make them more fun and appealing by adding some color, variety and creativity. Involve the players in choosing or making the snacks to get them more excited about their snack options..
A favorite among athletes, chocolate milk offers a blend of carbohydrates and protein for muscle recovery. Chocolate milk is also a great alternative to sports drinks as it provides hydration and electrolytes.
Ensure that your soccer team has access to a variety of snacks helps them stay energized and focused throughout practices and games.
Remember, hydration is equally important, so always provide plenty of water or sports drinks along with these snacks. By offering a mix of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats, you’re supporting overall performance and recovery.
Keep in mind that individual preferences and dietary restrictions may vary, so it’s a good idea to communicate with parents and players to ensure everyone’s needs are met.
So grab your favorites, pack them up, and get ready to show off your skills. Let the game begin!
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Steph Magill, MS, RD, CD, FAND has over 22 years of experience in public health and nutrition. As a performance registered dietitian nutritionist, Stephanie specializes in sports nutrition and provides simple and actionable information so that athletes can be well fueled for high performance on and off the field. Stephanie has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.