Sports Snacks for Kids

What do children need after being physically active?

Before, during and after physical activity, water is the best choice for hydration. Children do not typically need to refuel with anything besides water during sports or other physical activities. If children are hungry during or immediately after physical activity, fresh fruit is an excellent choice for a snack.

Does my child need a sports drink*?

Most of the time children do not need a sports drink during or after physical activity. In situations where children are sweating a lot for more than 45 minutes, a lower sugar sports drink could be considered.

*Sports drinks are different than energy drinks. Energy drinks contain caffeine and are not recommended for children or youth.

Should I reward my child with a treat after physical activity?

Offering treats after physical activity contributes to an unhealthy relationship between food and physical activity. Many people think that you can make up for poor diet quality by being physically active. However, poor diet quality can lead to poor mental and physical health no matter how active you are. For optimal health it's important to be active and follow a healthy eating pattern everyday.

What does moderation mean for children?

To meet the body's needs for vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, at least 95 per cent of what we eat should meet the recommendations in Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide. More than five per cent of calories per day from food and beverages described as "Foods to Limit" on the back of Canada's Food Guide is considered to be too much.

Most children eat too much of the less healthy food. Over 22 per cent of the calories children eat come from food and beverages that are not intended to be eaten everyday.

For optimal health, save treats for special occasions such as holidays or celebrations!



Challenge document for coaches (TBD)

Fact Sheets and Pamphlets

Tap Water: Safe and clean to drink (TBD)

Sip Smart Resources

Better Food to Buy - Refrigerated and Frozen

Better Food to Buy - Dried and Canned


Sugar Shockers Display (available through the Resource Centre)

Canada's Food Guide Display (available through the Resource Centre)