Fast Food on the Run

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For more information, contact the author – Kayla Hinrichs, Extension Educator for Nebraska Extension in Central IV Counties (Greeley-Howard-Sherman-Valley).

It's summer ball season! That means warm summer nights under the lights, washing dusty uniforms and perhaps, a few too many hurried meals. These tips will help you prepare for the game so you can make the first pitch! Here are some ideas that can make your family on the run a much healthier one!

  • Purchase healthy, basic ingredients for quick meals and snacks including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy. If you only purchase and stock your kitchen with healthy options, it will be much easier to select healthy items when you make a choice.
  • Wash fresh fruits and vegetables, pre-cut and have in a bowl on the middle fridge shelf for easy accessibility. Or, individually bag fruits and vegetables for a quick and healthy snack to take with you.
  • Keep less healthful foods out of sight in an inconvenient location so you are not tempted to eat them.
  • Try to have at least six single servings of lean protein in your fridge including eggs, yogurt, string cheese, tofu, black beans, etc.
  • Keep whole grain bread or oatmeal on hand. Read the label to find the word "whole" grain in the ingredient list.
  • When making a meal, make two or three at the same time and freeze them for busy nights when you don't have time to cook.
  • Have a text and TV-free table. Enjoy the company of others and be better able to listen to your body's signals of hunger an fullness when you are not distracted by technology and TV.

Check out the full newsletter for a quick and tasty recipe that's a great alternative to typical ballpark snacks!


  1. Slim By Design, Cornell University
  2. Recipe from Cornell University’s Choose Healthy for Food, Fun and Fitness Curriculum: adapted from found at
  3. Photos from