Healthy Quenchers For Our Young Athletes

| October 13, 2012 | Comments (0)
As caring parents, we are constantly faced with the challenge of offering satisfying meals and snacks to our active kids. From the perspective of our young athletes, “satisfying” means yummy, filling and fulfilling.

This is where your blender can come in so very handy. The smoothie/shake treats you can provide are limitless. Kids love them and parents can feel responsible and “cool” for including on the menu.

The variety of ingredients can include fruit, vegees, and protein and vitamin-filled yogurts, nut butters, and chocolate or regular milk or even orange juice.  The key to the richness is the frozen (ie. frozen fruit or crushed ice).

The responsible part is the mix of nutrients.

Here is the yummy part: These drinks are thick, rich, creamy and filling.

Experiment around based upon your kids’ taste.

Here is one mix of ingredients which has been a hit with my kids:

  • vanilla no fat yogurt
  • a bit of peanut butter
  • frozen blueberries
  • ½ a frozen banana
  • baby spinach and/or carrots
  • orange juice

You will notice that I don’t list amounts. Honestly, I just throw in some of each and blend away. You can always sample along the blended way in order to add more of one ingredient or another to hit that right texture and taste.

How the simple smoothie can pave the way to a happy and energy filled young athlete.

Best part is you can indulge as well. (It is your reward for having to clean the blender!)

Speaking of blender delicious and nutritious eats, have I mentioned by sweet potato pizza? For another day I guess.

Game On!

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About Barb Lazarus: Barb Lazarus is the owner and founder of Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls, multi-week summer sports day and overnight camps just for girls. (www.gameonsportscamp.com) With a mission that includes empowerment through exposure to and development in a multitude of sports, girls of all athletic abilities, grades preschool through 10th, experience hours of pure fun with the opportunity to grow as an athlete and a person. Barb graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1982) and a J.D. from Loyola School of Law (1985), after which she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago office. She went on to grow her own thriving media relations business for over 12 years before shedding her corporate clothing to pursue her dream – Game On! – and the chance to give back to girls sports. Barb is also the author of Game On! Sports Girl Talk, www.gameonsportscamp.com/blog, a blog addressing issues relating to the participation of young girls in sports and fitness, and a proud partner of the Women Talk Sports Network and Pretty Tough Media. Barb is the proud mother of two, a lifelong athlete, and just plain passionate about sports & fitness for young girls as well as contributing to the fan base of women’s pro and collegiate sports. View author profile.

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