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June 26, 2024

Winning Soccer Snack Ideas for Every Game


Top Considerations for Soccer Snacks:

  • Important note to parents: consider food allergies when prepping team snacks.
  • Hydration is essential  don't forget the drinks!
  • Healthy snacks & drinks don't have the be complicated.



Calling all soccer moms and dads! ⚽📣 The smell of fresh cut grass, the excitement of goals scored, and the friendship of team spirit—soccer season is here! Along with all the fun and frenzy comes the responsibility of snack duty. 

Hydration is the MVP when it comes to youth sports. With all that running, dribbling, and scoring, our kids are sweating up a storm. It's crucial to replenish those fluids to prevent fatigue and keep them at the top of their game. True Lemon offers a variety of drink mixes that are not only delicious but also made with simple ingredients. 

Let's face it, keeping our little soccer players fueled and hydrated can be a challenge, but fear not! We're here to tackle healthy soccer snacks and provide you with healthy, easy ideas that will score big with both kids and parents with a busy schedule. 

Soccer ball in focus with youth team in the background

Fuel Up to Score: Pre-Game Snacks

Before the whistle blows and the game begins, it’s essential to ensure our little soccer stars are fueled and ready to hit the field with energy and enthusiasm. The pre-game meal is like the warm-up act for a rock concert—it sets the stage for a stellar performance. Providing the right balance of nutrients can make all the difference in their stamina and focus during the game. 

Healthy Pre-Game Snacks 

Here are some healthy pre-game snack ideas that will have your young athletes ready to score: 

  • Banana with peanut butter 
  • Oatmeal and berries 
  • Whole grain bread with turkey 
  • Yogurt with honey and granola 
  • Granola bars 
  • Lemon blueberry muffins 

These snacks are not only delicious but also packed with the necessary nutrients to keep your kids energized. While it might be tempting to reach for convenient "junky snacks" like chips, candy, and sugary drinks, these can lead to a quick energy spike followed by a crash, leaving kids feeling sluggish and unfocused. Overindulging in these snacks can also cause stomach discomfort, which is the last thing anyone needs during an intense soccer game. 

Choosing the right pre-game snacks ensures your young athletes are at their best, ready to take on the game with vigor and vitality. With these nutritious options, you’ll be setting them up for success, both on and off the field. 

Infographic for true citrus highlighting game time soccer snacks

Game On: Halftime Snacks

Halftime isn’t just a break from the action; it’s a critical moment to recharge and refresh the soccer team for the second half. The right halftime snack can make a world of difference in boosting their energy and keeping them focused. Quick, easy-to-digest snacks ensure they’re back on the field feeling revitalized and ready to give their best performance. 

Snack Ideas

Here are some game snack ideas that will keep the energy running high: 

  • Orange slices 
  • Pretzels 
  • Grapes 
  • Apple sauce 
  • Fresh fruit 
  • String cheese 
  • Fig bars 
  • Energy bites with oats and honey 
  • Trail mix 
  • Fruit snacks 
  • Animal crackers 

These snacks are not just about refueling; they’re about ensuring your kids feel great and are ready to tackle the second half with the same enthusiasm and energy as the first. Easy to digest, eaten quickly without silverware, and suitable for even the pickiest eaters on the team, our list of mid-game snacks are sure to keep the kiddos moving. Keep it simple, keep it healthy, and watch them shine on the field!

3 boys sitting on the bench of a soccer field

Eat like a Champion: Post-Game Recovery Snacks 

The final whistle has blown, and the game is over, but the care for our athletes doesn't stop there. After-game snacks are crucial for replenishing energy, repairing muscles, and ensuring they bounce back quickly for the next game or practice. Think of these snacks as the ultimate reward for a game well played, providing the nutrients their bodies need to recover and grow stronger. 

Snacks that Can Help Replenish Your Child’s Energy 

Here are some delicious and effective post-game recovery snacks: 

Post-game snack time is all about celebrating their hard work while giving their bodies the necessary ingredients to recover. After all, eating like a champion means fueling up with the best to stay strong, healthy, and ready for the next big game! 

Young girl holding soccer ball and water bottle

Hydration Station

Along with nailing down the perfect snack schedule, staying hydrated is essential for athletes, both on and off the field. Proper hydration helps maintain energy levels, aids in muscle function, and prevents the dreaded mid-game slump. Whether it's a scorching summer day or a chilly autumn match, ensuring your child drinks enough fluids before, during, and after games is crucial to their performance and well-being. 

Hydration isn't just about quenching thirst; it's about keeping the body functioning at its best. According to The Children’s Hospital of Colorado, dehydration can lead to: 

  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness 
  • Nausea 
  • Heat cramps 
  • Heat exhaustion 

According to the National Athletic Trainers' Association, hydration is the top priority and young athletes need to start hydrating well before they hit the field. Drinking water regularly throughout the day, not just during practice or games, helps keep their hydration levels in check. 

During the game, kids can lose a significant amount of fluids through sweat. This loss needs to be replenished to maintain performance and prevent dehydration. Post-game hydration is equally important as it helps restore fluid balance and aids in recovery. 

Hydrate with Flavor! 

For many kids, plain water can be, well, a bit boring. This is where True Lemon comes to the rescue! True Lemon’s delicious, non-GMO drink mixes make staying hydrated enjoyable. Our drink mixes have no artificial sweeteners, are low in sugar, and include 25% of your daily value of vitamins A, C, and E. 

For kids who have a hard time drinking enough water, True Lemon Kids provides a fun and flavorful alternative that encourages them to stay hydrated all day long. 

By adding True Lemon Kids to their water bottle, you'll ensure your athletes are not only getting the fluids they need but also enjoying the process. Staying hydrated has never been so delicious! 

Green and orange infographic for True Citrus about beating out dehydration

Scoring with Snacks: Essentials for Soccer Success 

The right snacks can make all the difference for our young soccer stars, from fueling up before the game to staying energized at half-time, to recovering post-game. Hydration plays a vital role throughout, ensuring kids stay sharp and ready to perform their best. 

True Lemon Kids: The Perfect Game Day Companion 

With options like Lemonades & Limeades, Energy Drink Mixes, and Kids Drink Mixes, True Lemon offers a variety of tasty, low-sugar, and non-GMO options that kids will love. 

Say goodbye to snacks with ingredients that require a dictionary to understand. Our soccer snack ideas are as straightforward and satisfying as a perfect pass, made with simple, wholesome ingredients that keep your young athletes energized and ready to play. 

Unlike leading sports drinks or juice boxes, loaded up with hard-to-pronounce ingredients, True Lemon offers a delicious and healthy way to keep kids hydrated and happy. Our drink packets are the perfect size for on-the-go sports nutrition, have no artificial sweeteners, and are gluten-free, so you can feel good about what your kids are drinking. 

See What Our Customers Are Saying 

Don’t just take our word for it—see what other soccer parents are raving about! From keeping their kids hydrated with True Lemon’s delicious drink mixes to fueling their young athletes with our snack ideas, our community has plenty of success stories to share. 

“My kids hate the "non-taste" of water, so I bought this in hopes it would help them drink more water. They love the flavor and have been drinking more water than before. As their mom I love the simple clean ingredients- no dye no artificial sugar…!” - Amber Love 

“We are constantly on the go with sports and sometimes the kids want something other than water. They are super convenient, and my kids love them.” - Sara Booth 

“We love the flavor of the fruit punch pack. My kids drink so much water with these packets. Knowing that they aren't loaded with sugar and fake ingredients makes me feel better as a mom too!” - Rachel 

Find True Lemon Today 

Ready to elevate your game day snacks? 

You can find True Lemon in a grocery store near you, online, on Amazon. Make every sip and sports snack count with True Lemon, ensuring your soccer stars are always at the top of their game! 

Kick off a winning soccer season with snacks and drinks that score big on flavor and nutrition. With True Lemon by your side, you’re set for soccer success! 


Healthy Hydration for Young Athletes, Accessed 20 June 2024.

“Sports Dehydration Safety Tips.” Children’s Hospital Colorado, Accessed 22 June 2024.