Article written by Kelsey Bair, former University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dietetic Intern

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Spring is here! Which means sporting events are starting back up again. This can be a hard time to help kids choose healthy snacks with those concession stands advertising fried foods and candy. Here are some helpful hints to keep these sporting event snacks nutritious and delicious!Baseball and Glove

  • Dips Galore: Pack a cooler filled with various dips (such as the "Sassy Pretzel Dip" found below) for veggies, pretzels, and whole-grain crackers to replace the nacho cheese at the concession stands.
  • Brain Freeze: Try making your own freezer pops! In little paper cups, pour low fat yogurt or juice and mix in some fresh fruit and stick a straw in the middle. Freeze until the "pops" are frozen. Pack in a cooler. To eat: peel back the paper cup and enjoy!
  • Candy Mash-Up: Bring along some trail mix with dried fruit, nuts, and a little chocolate.
  • Fizzy Juice: Mix seltzer water and mix them with your child's favorite 100% juice.

Sassy Pretzel Dip

  • ¼ cup "light" mayonnaiseSassy Pretzel Dip
  • ¼ cup brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Hard or soft pretzels OR vegetables
  1. Wash hands with soap and water. Combine mayonnaise, mustard, and brown sugar.
  2. Serve 2 tablespoons of dip to each child with some pretzels or vegetables.
  3. Dip pretzels or veggies in the dip and enjoy!
  4. If bringing to a sporting event, make sure to gobble it all up within 2 hours or place leftovers in a refrigerator or cooler.

Makes 5 servings (2 tablespoons each). Each serving contains 63 calories, 1.7 g fat, .2 g saturated fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 185 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 11 g sugar, .5 g fiber, .5 g protein.

Questions? Contact: Cami Wells, MS, RD, Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension in Hall County