Smart and Tasty Snack Ideas for the Ball Field

Brett, Evan and Fran, snack mom, extraordinaire!

Ya know how there’s always that one mom who is ultra prepared for anything that could ever be needed at a ball field? Like my friend, Mutt from the RBA Rattlers who could perform same day surgery with the contents of her first aid kit. Click here to read What’s in Mutt’s Bag. 

My friend Fran, whose son Evan plays for Extreme Heights, is the super hero of snack moms. She brings really good stuff! Snacks that are actually healthy and planned out….not just a wad of Apple Jacks crammed into a baggie, as I’ve been known to do.

Now that most of us are getting back into the cooler-packing swing of things, it’s a great time to share some of the delectable and healthy staples you’ll find in Fran’s bag. (That sentence makes it sound like I’ve been pillaging through Fran’s bag and am now writing about what I found. Like I’m some kind of baseball mom snack pirate that you shouldn’t turn your back on…”Arrr! What be in Fran’s bag today, Matey!”

Well, just to clarify, I ASKED Fran to share some of her favorite snack ideas for this post…and I’ve never pillaged through the belongings of anyone who isn’t related to me. Although, last Tuesday, I did accidentally push someone else’s shopping cart halfway across Kroger before realizing it wasn’t mine. But haven’t we all done that?)


Fran always packs bite-sized meats that you can just pop in your mouth. Here are some favorites.

old wisconsin
Available at Walmart, most grocery stores, and hopefully in Wisconsin, these things are addictive! And a great source of protein to keep the kids going on those long hot days. Other brands are available too.
Any kind of jerky is a big hit with the players (and their parents.) Fran’s husband, Brett, makes theirs out of deer meat. But, unless you have a freshly harvested deer lying around, waiting to be processed, you might just want to buy some jerky at the store.
turkey pepperoni
Pepperoni! It’s not just for pizza. And turkey pepperoni is way better for you than its artery clogging pork cousin.
Less messy than peanut butter, and still a great source of protein.


Fran says, “I pack carrots, green and red peppers, with light ranch or hummus and lots of fruit to keep the boys hydrated! Frozen grapes, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, orange slices and sliced apples! You can make fruit kabobs, fruit cups or little baggies. Just so it’s quick and easy for our players to grab and go!”

Use wooden skewers with caution. It’s all fun and games til the third baseman loses an eye in an impromptu sword fight with the pitcher.
We’ll go through a whole bag of apple slices on tournament days.




My kids love these things!


Fran says, “Another fun idea is Gatorade jello squares! I buy the Low Calorie G2 Gatorade, which has much less sugar! You can wrap the Gatorade jello squares in Saran Wrap, or layer them on Saran Wrap and pack in a big zip lock freezer bag.”

  1. In a medium pot, heat Gatorade until it boils.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in package of sugar free jello (whatever flavor you prefer) and keep stirring for a couple minutes or until all the powder is dissolved.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for three hours or until it’s jiggly, yet firm. (sounds like my waistline.)
  5. Cut into squares and use a spatula to place onto Saran Wrap or in zip lock bags.
 I guess you could also do them in little paper cups like jello shots, BUT WITHOUT THE ALCOHOL.
I used all caps for any readers who are easily confused.
“That travel ball website lady said to make jello shots for our team.” 
NO! That is NOT what I said.
Individually wrapped pickles, aka porta-pickles, aren’t just tasty snacks. They contain sodium and vinegar which combat dehydration and muscle cramps. So they’re sort of a snack-remedy.


Got some great snack suggestions for the ball field? A cooler you can’t live without? We want to hear all about them in the comments.



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.

2 thoughts on “Smart and Tasty Snack Ideas for the Ball Field

  • March 23, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I guess whether you’re fueling up before hitting the gym or taking a midday snack break to avoid the 3 p.m. lull, high-protein snacks are the tastiest way to keep on going. These snacks that pack in plenty of protein along with other nutrients are the perfect way to fill up, and give us longer-lasting energy than carb-heavy options.


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