It always seems like kids have an abundance of energy that we wish we could bottle and take for ourselves. Where do they get it all from? I attribute it to youth…and not having to cook, clean, do the laundry…. Sorry. I got sidetracked.
My kids LOVE to play outside! Basketball, Capture the Flag, whiffle ball…you name it…there’s something about running free outside that speaks to them. (I have to admit, I was the same way when I was their age.) All that running around can really take a toll on their energy. Goodness knows I don’t want them tiring out easy and coming inside to make a mess of the house!
That’s why keeping my kids energized with nutritional foods to take on their play is important. I’m always thinking of new ways to feed my hungry guys to keep them (and me) going. Don’t even get me started on how hungry they are ALL THE TIME!
How to Keep Your Kids Energized with Nutritional Foods:
There’s something about dried fruits that just seem like candy. They have the same kind of chewy feel to them, they’re sweet and they are just so easy to pop into your mouth. Not to mention, dried fruits are easy to digest and have a high carb content, so they deliver a quick jolt of energy.
Good energy bars can really play an important role in giving kids the energy they need to keep going. We love CLIF Kid Zbar® snacks because they feature nutrients that active kids need in flavors they crave. Made from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives, CLIF Kid snacks are our go-to energy bars.
Nuts are an easy way to fill up on natural protein and fiber. They help to boost energy and keep it stable. Try to make sure your kids eat them in their raw form (not overly salted) to get the most out of them.
Wholegrain Bread with Jam or Honey
To deliver a good punch of energy, your body needs carbohydrates. Wholegrain bread is a good source of carbs. Toast it and top it off with some jam or honey for more nutritious fuel. The kids love the sweetness and you don’t have to feel guilty about it.
My kids love a good smoothie! I like to use frozen fruits and some type of protein to give them energy. Their favorite is a banana smoothie with peanut butter powder. You can also just add non-flavored protein powder as well. When done correctly, smoothies are a great energy source and can help to keep them hydrated.
Did you know balanced and active play lays the foundation for a skilled, healthy, resilient and successful society? CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play. They’re encouraging boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries and feed their adventures! Check out this video for inspiration on how to get your kids to go outside and play.
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