She shoots, she scores! That is always something that a father loves to hear, especially when it comes to his own daughter this time of year. Being a Soccer Dad, you are called on to not only be there to cheer on your own child and the entire soccer team, but many times you are also called on, sometimes at the last minute to be a #SidelineHero during practices or during or prior to a game. There have been many instances where I have been called on to bring in a snack, and while I know it would be oh so easy to purchase unhealthy snacks, I know that what the girls really need is healthy snacks and other things that will allow them to recoup their own energy lost during the game or practice and one way I do that is with a Powerade Game 12-pack and some fresh fruit!
You see, so often this time of year my daughter is running from one game to the next. Even this past weekend, we had soccer practice on Friday, and a game on Saturday and Sunday. By the end of the weekend she is wiped and so are her teammates. As a dad, I can definitely empathize with that and I want to do what I can to help.
Sometimes even when I am not asked to I will head over to my local Walmart to pick up some POWERADE® Game 12-Pack drinks just to give the girls a pick-me-up. Why POWERADE®? For me, as a dad, I like that the POWERADE® ION4® Advanced Electrolyte System helps replenish four electrolytes lost in sweat: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium that they lose when they perspire (or is it glisten. Also that POWERADE® is formulated with Vitamins B3, B6, & B12 to support energy metabolism, and a 6% carbohydrate solution to help provide energy to working muscles. I also mix this with fresh fruit. Sometimes I go all out and create something unique like you see below, and sometimes it is simply having something like apples, or bananas on hand to fill them up just enough with good stuff and not just bringing the traditional processed food that I know tastes good to them, but also that I know will not be good for their growing bodies.
I do what I can to be a #SidelineHero. I am not trying to be a Superdad in any sense, just a Dad that wants the best for his daughters and for her teammates too!
Below is a recipe that you can try at home!
Game Day #SidelineHero Soccer Skewers
Select your favorite fruit. There are so may to choose from at your local Walmart! I chose the following for my Skewers based on their texture, flavor and color:
- Apple Slices
Take the fruit and cut into 1 inch X 1/2 inch sections (all except the blueberries and strawberries) – large enough to make sure that they can fit through the skewers themselves.
Once cut, take wooden skewers and thread the fruit on individual skewers. You can select the order of the fruit and get creative.
There is no set number that you have to make, but I typically make enough so that each girl on the team can have two skewers and I bring enough for their brothers and sisters that are inevitably there and want a snack too!
Look for a 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!
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