If You're a Team Mom
If you haven’t been following along, I’ve been writing about my tips for every type of kitchen-dweller.
If you happen to have kids who play sports, you may often find yourself taking on the role of ‘Team Mom’... This can come with a range of responsibilities, most of which can include shuttling players to and from practices, competitions and other team-related events... and providing lots of snacks. To keep up on all the hustle and bustle that comes along with each sporting season, I have a few tricks that keep my little athletes on time and ready for action:
Have 'Grab and go' foods
Dedicate an area in a cupboard or pantry to ‘grab and go’ foods like granola bars, trail mix packets, dried fruit, or nut butter squeeze packs. All of these are perfect for snatching up when running out the door, or can be easily packed earlier in the day and have a long shelf life.
- Keep fresh-cut fruit stored in glass containers in the fridge, ready for a quick snack and energy boost. Apple slices with a squeeze of lemon (to keep them from browning) are a perfect pre-practice munch, and can be paired with a Justin’s nut butter packet for added healthy fats and longer satiety.
Focus on Protein
Protein-packed beans and legumes make for a great addition to post-game meals. I like to keep an area in my pantry stocked with packaged or pre-cooked black beans, garbanzos, lentils, etc. for an easy addition to salads or other meals. Or, if you have a little more time and are so-inclined, you can cook your beans from scratch and use them for hummus, bean dips, or add them to soups or salads. My friend Pamela Salzman has a great blog post about cooking beans from scratch and I’ll tell you, it’s worth doing!
Have a 'Smoothie Station'
Smoothies are also a great way to boost energy before a game or practice: I like to keep smoothie ingredients and gadgets in similar places:
Fresh fruit together on the counter or on a shelf in the fridge
Protein powders, nut butters and other supplements together in the pantry for quick access
Blender and reusable drink containers in close proximity to each other on a shelf or in a cupboard. These stainless steel tumblers are ideal for smoothies to-go.
I hope these sport-centric tips help you feel more on-top of your game when sports seasons roll around!