A few days ago The Huffington Post published an article I wrote here about the snacks parents are bringing kids after their games. C’mon folks! Why all the sugar after soccer? This is something that has to end and can with your help. I am sending letters to my local soccer group to set standards on what can be brought to our fields. I encourage you to do the same. Feel free to use the article I wrote as help and support for your message. Parents that would never think about stuffing themselves with sugar after their workout should insure their kids aren’t either.
I am a pediatric dietitian who will eat and allow my kids to have cookies, brownies and cupcakes on occasion. Much of their exposure to these foods is during birthday parties or holiday celebrations, but they also eat sweet treats in the house that I make myself.
This is a terrific letter I received from a parent about the letter to the editor I wrote in the Laguna Beach Independent this week. —————————————————————————————– Melanie, Great letter in the Indy this week, I really appreciate you taking a public stance on this topic. I have always despised snack time for many reasons–garbage, kids care more about the snack than the game, etc.I’d like to change the attitude and focus of the “Parent Snack” in all sports. Instead of it being viewed as a treat for after the game I want the snack to be a source of energy and hydration during the game. Your recommendation for fresh fruits […]
Youth soccer season is in full force. Along with shin guards and shiny uniforms our kids are getting snacks and plenty of them. If the snacks were fresh fruit and water, I wouldn’t be complaining. Parents are complaining to me all over the country about other parents who are bringing cupcakes, candy, donuts, brownies and sugar laden juices. Pumping our kids full of sugar after soccer is a physiologic mistake and sends the wrong message to our kids about taking care of their bodies post exercise. If snacks are to continue, all leagues should set a “fresh fruit and bring your own water policy” to stop our kids from refueling […]
I just wrote a letter to the editor in the Laguna Beach local paper. I hope they publish it. If you are frustrated with the snacks being brought to your kids’ soccer field (or any other sporting event), send this blog along to others, write your own piece or speak up in your individual organizations. If Michelle Obama, Jaime Oliver or Michael Pollan knew what was going on with the soccer snacks American parents are bringing to their kids’ games, they would be horrified. Dear Editor: Every week this fall a different parent in Laguna Beach has complained to me about the snacks other parents are bringing to the […]
Are your kids playing soccer this fall? What is the snack situation? Are families signing up to bring snacks to each game? Get ready. It can be a festival of sugar; sugar your kids do not need. I wrote this blog last year on the topic. http://blog.feedingphilosophies.com/2011/04/keeping-sugar-off-field.html If you want to take action in your town, take a look at this one. http://www.realmomnutrition.com/2012/08/28/soccer-snacktivism-handbook/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RealMomNutrition+%28Real+Mom+Nutrition%29 The soccer fields aren’t the only problem. A mom brought piled high frosted cupcakes to my daughter’s gymnastics class yesterday. That’s about 200 calories (maybe more) that post-cartwheeling kids do not need. Oh…and then there were lollipops at bank (I have to write Bank of America), but […]