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5 Snack Ideas for Youth Athletes: Eating on the Go

Balancing school life with hectic sporting schedules can often be challenging for youth athletes and parents. Finding time to fuel an athlete before or after a training session can be a tough task, especially with long commutes and late-night finishes.

So, whether you’re looking for a quick high carb snack to eat in the car on the way to training, or a nutritious lunch box option to keep your athlete fuelled at school, we’ve got the perfect ideas for light bites on the go.

1. Raw Chocolate Bites

Looking for a tasty and easy to make snack you can take anywhere?

Try these raw chocolate bites! Packed with healthy fats and a great protein boost, these chocolate bites taste amazing, can be made in minutes and cost only 30p per serving!


4 tbsp peanut butter
3 tbsp maple syrup/honey
2 tbsp linseed (or other seeds)
20g desiccated coconut
Servings: Makes 10 balls


Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix until you form dough.
Divide the dough into 10 even-sized pieces and roll into balls.
Dust the balls with icing sugar or cocoa and enjoy!

2. Apple & Peanut Butter Slices

Perfect for a pre or post-workout snack; high in carbohydrates with healthy fats, natural sugars and a protein boost.


1 apple
1 tbsp peanut butter
Servings: 1


Simply remove the core from the apple and slice horizontally into round pieces. Spread the peanut butter over each slice and enjoy!

3. Trail Mix

No need to splash out on expensive pre-packaged mixes. This super simple snack can be whipped up in minutes and is ideal for making in bulk and saving for later. Packed with healthy fats, the salty, sweet taste makes this a delicious snack, ideal for packed lunches or rest days. 


100 g mixed unsalted nuts 
75g mixed seeds
75 g dried fruit 
50 g M&M’s or chocolate chips 
Servings: 6


Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
Separate into 6 airtight containers and grab on the go.


4. Boiled Eggs

In terms of the perfect snack, it doesn’t get simpler than a boiled egg! Low in calories and a good source of protein, this snack will keep your cravings at bay and feeling fuller for longer. And at 13p per serving, it doesn’t get much cheaper than this!


1 free range egg
Servings: 1


Carefully place the egg in a pan of boiling water and simmer for 6 minutes.
Once cooked, drain and leave to cool before enjoying.

5. Edamame Beans

Another savoury winner, these beans can be cooked in minutes and pack a nutritional punch. High in plant-based proteins, these little beans are the perfect snack to pack in your bag and enjoy on your way home from the gym.


100g Edamame beans (frozen or fresh)
Salt to taste
Servings: 1


Place the pods in a pan of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes before draining and sprinkling with salt.
Eat them fresh or leave them to cool to enjoy later.


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You can also check out the recipe section of our blogs to discover more healthy, tasty and simple dishes to help you reach your goals.

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