I’ve Had it With the Soccer Snacks

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 soccer fields for our kids.  Here is a sampling:
  • chocolate donuts 
  • cookies (all flavors and shapes)
  • candy apples
  • candy 
The reason people feel compelled to tell me is because I am a pediatric registered dietitian and spend my professional life teaching families how and what to feed their kids to optimize their health.  If you want your kids to have a donut, take a trip to the donut shop where they belong.  Don’t bring them to the field as a snack for the team.  These sugary snacks are sending the wrong message to our kids about taking care of their bodies during and after they engage in physical activity.  Even if kids are on the thinner side, it’s no excuse.  Sugar coursing through their veins after a hard played game or practice is not recommended in any sports nutrition literature I have read.  Sliced oranges, bananas, grapes or a cheese stick should suffice.  
Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC
Pediatric Registered Dietitian/Lactation Consultant

About Melanie Silverman

Melanie is a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RD) and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) working primarily in pediatric nutrition for well over 15 years. She spent seven years as a clinical dietitian at The University of Chicago Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, adult and pediatric burn units, and high risk pediatric follow-up clinic. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. Melanie has presented at state and national meetings for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), March of Dimes, Prader-Willi California Foundation, Texas Prader-Willi Association, Oklahoma Prader Willi Syndrome Association, Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) in the United States and Canada and the Prader-Willi Syndrome USA (PWSA). She worked hard for her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Dietetic Association, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, Women’s Health Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs and an active member of the International Lactation Consultant Association.