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Two Points for Protein
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By Anne Kirchner

United Way of McPherson County is working to build a stronger community by addressing issues related to health, education and income. We believe conversations and intensive listening are the best ways to understand the real problems and move ...

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By Anne Kirchner
Jan. 17, 2013 12:01 a.m.



For several years we have spent many winter weekends traveling across Kansas watching our children play in basketball tournaments. One of the challenges is eating healthy and inexpensively. The best solution we have found is to bring a cooler full of snacks.

From an athletic perspective it's important to include foods high in protein. Beef or turkey jerky is a great source and is super portable. Other favorites include mixed nuts, hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks and meat sandwiches. We often balance the protein snacks with clementimes, apples and bananas. And an extra treat includes peanut butter oatmeal cookies.

I believe it's important to keep our student athletes excercise AND snacks. So the next time you head out of town for a basketball tournament, avoid the fast food restaurants and pack your bags full of healthy foods. Say "no" to burgers and fries. Say "yes" to almonds and yogurt.

 

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