Ballpark Meals to Fill Them Up, Not Slow Them Down


You know the story. Your kid’s travel team just played some outstanding baseball to handily defeat their rivals. The players come off the field hot and starving with two hours to kill before the championship game. After a short huddle, everyone votes to head over to the Golden Corral down the street. Its mile long buffet can satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Two Hours Later (to be read in a French accent like the announcer on Spongebob.)10341993_10203292703252364_512756050819476665_n

A few minutes into the championship, it’s painfully obvious that those all-stars from the last game, have been replaced by accident prone zombies in baseball uniforms. You amp up your cheering, the coach tells them to get their heads in the game. But it’s futile. The only thing that could change your team’s fate now is if the umpires decided to drastically change the rules of baseball to award things like stumbling, zoning out, moseying from base to base.

You make a mental note that fried chicken, croutons, chocolate pudding and ice cream probably wasn’t the wisest pregame meal. Next weekend, you’ll avoid the buffet and bring a well-thought-out picnic from home.

What are some healthy foods that will fill a kid up, but not slow him down?

Here are some smart suggestions from our TBP peeps on Facebook.

If you don’t have time to read the whole post, here’s an abridged version.
– peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
-egg sandwiches
-wraps with sandwich meat, cheese and maybe some veggies
-tuna sandwiches
-fresh fruit
-chicken cutlets or roll ups
-sliders on Hawaiian rollsrotisserie
-boiled eggs
-rotisserie chicken

and a big chocolate milk at the end of the day.

Kari Hicks: At the park I pack homemade granola and wraps (meat and cheese) – kiddo loves it!

Linda Barron Glass: Mine loves peanut butter to hold him over. It’s just enough to hold him and it’s carbs and protein. Sometimes ham and cheese on those mini Hawaiian rolls

Haria Cibaku-Haught: Egg sandwiches, scrambled or egg salad…on an English muffin

Tracey Farrell Revere: Protein, grilled chicken, pasta, lean meat,  grapes, cucumbers, watermelon… Things that have a high water content to keep the hydration going.

Sarah Fears Vencil: We pack a protein drink in the cooler and he drinks it right away.

Michelle Orange Majewski: Game mornings: burritos (wrap and grab) or egg cups (omelets baked in muffin tins) or protein muffins. At the park: summer sausage, cheese slices, deli meats, bread or tortillas for wraps, fruit, nuts & maybe chips.

Shann De: Lots of protein, sliced cheese, pepperoni, turkey slices. My kids don’t really LOVE sandwiches so finger food it is. And all kinds of fruit. But good summery fruits, fresh pineapple, watermelon, grapes and always berries. Eggs always in the mornings or pregame.picnic food

Heather Weaver: Tuna fish or any type of egg sandwich!

Lani Gates Waters: Watermelon, pb&j, pb crackers, cliff bars, sandwich (turkey, ham, cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tomato)

Billy Leach: Pre game which most of the time is early we do muffins, fruit, anything light will do..At the ballpark we do cheese, fruits, lunch meat and raw veggies.

Ben Miller: I’m a chef so I usually keep them hydrated and also good high protein items. No grease or anything like that. Picnic food.

Ann Stover Guinn: lots of protein and fruits at the field.pbj

Leslie Kay Smith: Pack ham sandwiches

Pamela Woods: Chicken roll-ups

Heather Beehan Koldoff: Lots of PB&J sandwiches with cucumbers and fruit.

Sharra Kirvin Bryant: Hawaiian rolls and lunch meat make great sliders in between games and are yummy. Fits easily in the ice chest.

Ann Marie Fiorino Enge: Make a batch of chicken cutlets early in the week, then cut them into strips and make wraps filled with salad and dressing. Wrap in foil and out the door!

Candi A. Lann: Pork roast in the crock pot. Makes good barbecue sandwiches, serve with fruit

David Cooper: take tailgate grill and have a cookout. everyone brings a little something.

Jill Denning: We like wraps. Lots of options. wrap
Turkey/cheese or any deli meat
Chicken salad
Grilled chicken/bacon
Grilled chicken
Pizza, this is my kids’ favorite…a little pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. After rolling I heat it on the griddle to melt the cheese. They love these warm or cold.You can top most of these with avocado. Spread laughing cow cheese, hummus, or whatever condiments you like. Add lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, etc.

Nicole Silva Broeckel: Shredded rotisserie chicken, rice and red, drained kidney beans rolled up in tortillas.

Jenn Brown Balcom: The Manassas BATtle 10 U Baseball standards… Subway subs

Katie Flahiff: BBQ pulled chicken in the crockpot easy and can take it for them to eat in between games the next day too!boiled-egg

Jennifer Rose: Fruit Kebabs are handy and I put baby carrots, cut up cucumber, celery in large baggies and must have ranch….kids can just grab and go. Beats fast food anytime.

Lorilee Bell: Vanilla Greek Yogurt and any type of fruit

Michele Harrison Brenneman: For game day snacks- boiled eggs, turkey pepperoni besides fruit.

David Wray: Protein protein and more protein. Mixed nuts, peanut butter sandwiches. Fruits. Bread has fiber. Fiber and protein will fill the kiddies up and help them recover without the sugar crash from fast foods

Anita Davis Sullivan: I’m working on a Pinterest board of meals/snacks for long tournament days and you’re all welcome to follow @anitadsullivan

To recover at the end of the day, many of you recommended chocolate milk, I don’t know many kids who would argue with that. It has twice the protein and carbohydrates of plain milk and does a better job of replenishing muscles. Just remember, that’s for after the games.




Angela Weight

Founder and publisher of Travel Ball, Angela Weight is still a little shocked to be running one of the most popular youth sports parenting sites on the web. Click the ABOUT US tab to read her story.

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