Today we're talking about fueling up our kids with the best nutrients so they can run, jump, leap, and twirl throughout their day. Dancing takes a lot of energy! When our bodies don't have adequate fuel, it's harder to focus, pick up choreography, and exercise. A thirty minute dance class at the age of three might not be any more physically demanding than the nightly ritual of running in circles around the couch. However, if you have an 8-year-old taking an hour long dance class, some extra energy will be needed. And goldfish are just not gonna cut it. We need real food and water, water, water!
|Healthy snacks are needed to grow strong dancers!|
Are you stuck in a packaged snack bar rut? Let's think outside of the wrapper. Pictured below is a nutritious and aesthetically pleasing/ adorable snack!
Did you honestly think I was going to suggest ladybug apples? Think again, sister. I may not have kids of my own yet but I know that the only place in which those Pinterest-perfect snacks exist are dreams. Let's be honest.
How about a banana and almond butter? Or some apple slices and peanut butter? Some fruit + a nut butter = perfect combo of carbs, fats, and protein.
|photo cred: pbfingers.com|
Kids (and basically everyone) love to dip finger foods! If peanut butter isn't your ballerina's favorite, try some baby carrots and hummus or ranch. Better yet; try this recipe from Real Mom Nutrition that combines two yummy dips into one. I plan to make this for myself soon. As in tomorrow. Preferably.
If your tiny tapper is an adventurous eater, a rice cake topped with mashed avocado and sea salt is fantastic. Crunchy, salty, fatty - what's not to love? All you need is a rice cake (I like these Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes), half of a ripe avocado mashed on top and sprinkled with sea salt. You can also add red pepper flakes or lime juice if you want to get fancy.
Do you have 10 minutes before you need to be in the pick-up line? Make a mini smoothie for your little one. To make this kid-friendly, pour it into a bottle or to-go cup that is easy to handle. Open containers and straws don't mix too well with car seats. Here's an easy smoothie recipe you can throw together before you're in the van.
1/2 C frozen strawberries
1/2 C frozen blueberries
1/2 sliced banana
1/2 C spinach
1 T flax seeds or chia seeds
1 C almond milk
Optional additions: honey, peanut butter, frozen cherries
If you'd like to read more about kids' nutrition, there are infinite resources in the blogosphere. I've listed a few links below to check out during the next nap time. Merry snacking!