12 Power Snacks to Fuel Your Athlete Before or After Games or Practices

12 Ideas for Power Snacks - AvivaGoldfarb.com

These power snacks are quick and healthy and, best of all, don’t come out of a package. They’re the perfect thing to fuel the athlete in your life!

12 Ideas for Power Snacks - AvivaGoldfarb.com

1. Sriracha Popcorn

Freshly popped popcorn tossed with melted butter or coconut oil and sriracha (Asian hot pepper) sauce.

2. Peanut Butter Bites

Pulse ½ cup oats in a food processor until they are a coarse texture, but not quite powdery. Put 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional) in a small shallow dish. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, ¼ cup flour, ¼ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter) and ¼ cup honey and mix until it forms a dough. (Add a little water if it is too dry.) With wet hands, roll 10 – 15 small balls of dough. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional).  Serve immediately or refrigerate, tightly covered, for up to a week.

3. Edamame

Kids and teens love salted edamame in their pods (sold frozen).

4. Apples and Cheddar

A piece of fruit, often an apple, sliced and paired with an ounce of Cheddar or other hard cheese (or peanut butter or other nut butter).

5. Hard-Boiled eggs

2 hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with curry powder and coarse salt or mashed on whole wheat toast. Or make quick deviled eggs by mixing the yolks with mayonnaise and mustard.

6. Hummus Pita Pizza

On a wholegrain flatbread, or on a pita pocket sliced in half (top separated from the bottom) spread 2 – 4 Tbsp. hummus. Top it with 1 – 2 Tbsp. of shredded mozzarella cheese and broil it for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Top it with a few basil leaves or some baby spinach, if desired.  Roll, fold, or slice and serve. (Sabra Pizza Hummus Singles work well for this.)

7. Nutty Bananas

In a bowl combine a sliced banana with 1 tablespoon of crunchy almond butter and sprinkled with cinnamon

8. Monkey Milkshake

In a blender, combine 1 frozen banana, 1 cup milk, 2 Tbsp. peanut butter and 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder or cocoa nibs and blend for about 30 seconds.

9. Mega Mango Smoothie

Combine 1 cup fruit flavored or plain kefir, 2 bananas, 1 stalk celery and 1 carrot, coarsely chopped, 2 coarsely chopped kale leaves and 1 cup frozen mango.  Add 1 tsp. chia or hemp seeds (optional). Puree until smooth.

10. Crunchy Rainbow Wraps

Spread a thin layer of cream cheese (or other spread) on one side of a tortilla, and top it with a lettuce leaf.  Distribute the fillings of your choice (like shredded carrots and/or red cabbage, diced red onion, sliced avocado and crumbled or shredded cheese) evenly on the tortilla.  Fold in the ends of the tortilla, and roll it up burrito or wrap-style.  Cut the wrap in half diagonally to expose the rainbow within

11. Fried Egg and Avocado Sandwich

Mash avocado onto toasted lightly buttered whole wheat bread or roll, top it with a fried egg and sriracha sauce or other hot pepper sauce. 

12. Black Bean Dip

In a food processor or blender, puree canned black beans, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. orange juice, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, ¼ tsp. each of garlic powder and salt, and ½ tsp. each of chili powder and ground cumin. If too thick, add 1/8 – 1/4 cup water.  Serve with whole grain tortilla chips and cut up veggies.

What are your favorite power snacks?

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Aviva Goldfarb is a Washington Post contributor, author of 4 cookbooks, and founder of The Six O’Clock Scramble, an online healthy meal planner. She writes about food, cocktails, travel and parenting, is an entrepreneur, and a marketing consultant for food related ventures.

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