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Pre-Game Meal Ideas

Looking for meals to serve your young athlete before the big game?  Here are some ideas:


  • Cream of wheat with fresh blueberriesGranola with blueberries and raspberries and milk

  • French toast and orange juice
  • Granola and milk or yogurt and 1/2 grapefruit
  • Hash browns and scrambled eggs
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Oatmeal with raisins or bananas and milk
  • Pancakes or waffles and fruit salad
  • Yogurt and fresh fruit with a muffin


  • Bagel and lox sandwich with lemonade
  • Chicken noodle soup and apple slices 
  • Fish tacos
  • Baked potato with vegetable and sour cream toppings
  • Pesto pasta
  • Rice and bean burrito
  • Pita bread and hummus with fresh vegetables
  • Roasted potatoes, green beans and grilled salmon
  • Tomato soup and a peanut butter sandich
  • Tuna sandwich and a fruit smoothie

Cynthia Lair is a blogger, author (with Scott Murdoch, PhD, RD) of Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players and Parents (available on her website and from which this article has been adapted) and the newly revised 3rd edition of Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Parents.  She is also the host of Cookus Interuptus, a web-based organic cooking show.

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