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No sugar added fruit roll ups! Perfect for after-game snacking and part of the ultimate sideline kit!
I am officially a soccer mom! I guess truth be told I have been one for a while, orange slices, grass stains, mini-vans and all. Fully immersed. I live the soccer mom life! From rudimentary coaching to lots of sideline cheering, I spend my Saturdays mini-vanning it up with lawn chair, sun umbrella, and cooler in hand.
Part of the soccer mom life is bringing snacks to the game. For my 6-year old’s magnet ball team, those drinks and snacks are the highlight of the game. Truth be told, they can be the highlight for me too. Especially after a rough game.
We have had a fun year. But my son’s team has only won one game! And it was a game he missed. My daughter’s team on the other hand has won all their games, but one, which they tied.
It is hard not to get emotionally invested in their wins and losses, and not to really celebrate or commiserate with them. But as the parent, I figure I can cheer, and shout, and feel everything I want, but when the kids get to the sidelines I should probably be the rock. The steady, not super emotional one that can help them learn the rules, practice good sportsmanship, and recognize that losses are learning opportunities, and so are wins.
It is a hard job.
But one thing that always makes it easier is being well prepared with the Ultimate Sideline Kit!
As a mom with years of experience sitting the sidelines, I know that in order to get through an entire day/season of soccer (several seasons actually as there is usually both indoor and out), I have to come prepared to be the sideline hero.
The week it was my turn for the after game treat, I came prepared with the ultimate sideline kit to share with all the players. For me the ultimate sideline kit requires a few things:
- The perfect hydration combo: Water and POWERADE®
- A personalized water bottle
- Fresh Fruits
- Sun screen
- A “treat”
I love that I can head to Walmart and pick up a 12 pack of 12 ounce POWERADE®, enough for the whole team, and fresh produce.
I am a little bit of a germ-a-phobe. One thing I can’t tolerate is sharing drinks. Even with my husband I hate sharing drinks. It grosses me out. If my kid drinks out of my bottle, it is theirs. I certainly didn’t want my kids swapping spit with their whole team by mixing up water bottles and drinks at half time, and after the game, so I decided to use my vinyl cutter to cut out team names to personalize water bottles, and I filled the bottles with fresh fruit.
The kids need a snack, and by putting the fruit in the bottle, it won’t get smashed. The kids get something without processed sugar to fuel up on, along with a tasty POWERADE, and after the game they can take their bottles home and use them all season long. In addition, there is the matter of sunscreen.
Soccer games are fun, but often mean spending hours outdoors and in the sunshine. Clipping on a little bottle of sunscreen to the water bottle helps protect my kids and their teammates from burns.
Lastly I wanted to include a treat, but not something full of processed sugars, so I made fruit leather without any added sugar. Recipe below.
The POWERADE keeps them hydrated, the Walmart fresh produce keeps them fueled, the fruit leather curbs their sweet tooth, and the sunscreen gives them added protection.
But I didn’t stop there, if it is going to be the “ultimate” sideline kit, it has to account for the other people on the sidelines! Parents and coaches! After all, I am at every game, and sometimes the yelling, screaming, and cheering, really make me work up a sweat. And I am not the only one. So a cooler full of extra POWERADE, and some extra sunscreen, fruit, and fruit leather were a must to keep everyone happy and make me the sideline hero!
That’s a win even if the game wasn’t.
Be sure to look for the coupon on the 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE® packages and you can get $1 off Walmart fresh produce when you buy two 12-pack 12 oz POWERADE®. Hurry this deal is only available while supplies lasts! And check out the POWERADE social media channels:
Blueberry Mango Fruit Leather
- 1 cup mango chunks
- 1 cup blueberries
- Put mango chunks and blueberries in a food processor or blender and process until smooth
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and pour mango puree over the top and spread out until it is a thin, even layer.
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees
- Bake for 3-4 hours or until dry
- Remove from baking pan, cut into strips, and roll up in parchment paper.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
I’ve shared my sideline kit ideas with you. I’d love to hear about yours! Leave a comment sharing how you prepare for game days.
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