Inspire Wellness ‘Healthy Kid Ideas’

Almond Butter Chocolate Energy Balls

choc ballsThese are a delicious and healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth!  They are perfect to make and have in the fridge or freezer for when you need a little something sweet or a late afternoon pick me up!  I like to accompany it with a glass of almond milk.  My kids love these too!

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1/2 cup almond butter (crunchy or regular)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 serving of protein powder of your choice (my favorite is Tera’s Whey chocolate)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Mix together and form into balls (about 14). Place on parchment paper in freezer for 1-2 hours. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition info per ball: 97 Calories, 6g Fat, 1g Fiber, 6g Sugar, 4g Protein

 

 

Yum Box Ideas

FullSizeRender (007)Another yummy yum box!  So each day I post these, I will probably have two variations to satisfy each of my kids.  I hope it helps give some ideas on variety to feed your children.

  • Roll up: Rudi’s Gluten Free Wrap with Crunchy Almond Butter & Jelly
  • Grapes
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Red Pepper
  • Whole Foods Cranberry Tuna Salad
  • Treat: Cinnamon Chickpeas

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  • Roll up with Crunchy Almond Butter & Honey
  • Grapes
  • Assorted Nuts
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Treat: Cinnamon Chickpeas

 

Healthy Meals for Kids

FullSizeRender (016)It’s always good to get new ideas for kids meals!  Try something new in your child’s lunch.  I always try to pair it with other things they love so they are more likely to at least try it.

 

 

 

 

  • Justin’s Almond Butter packets (from Target or Amazon)
  • Red pepper
  • Pomegranate
  • Blue Diamond Nut Thins
  • Black Olives
  • Date

The Yum Box! Healthy & Easy Meals for Kids.

FullSizeRender (013)The Yum Box!  It has become a daily excitement in our family!  I bought it this Spring as I knew we would be doing a lot of picnic lunches at the park.  Now, even when we are at home or when I pick up the kids up from preschool, they request their yum box.  It makes eating fun with the compartments.  All the compartments are labeled to ensure you remember to pack a balanced lunch.  The other great thing is, no leaking!

 

 

 

Lunch idea:

  • Protein: hard boiled egg
  • Veggie: carrots
  • Fruit: tangerine and apple
  • Grain: nut thin crackers
  • Dairy: shredded cheddar
  • Treat: banana chips

 

Post Workout Snack

IMG_3772So I randomly tried these Lundberg Cinnamon Toast Rice Cakes awhile back when I was browsing at Whole Foods for new snack ideas for the kids.  Both my kids enjoy and it takes them awhile to finish.  So its perfect, lol!  Then, when needing something post workout one day, I combine with peanut butter and honey and it is delish!  Give it a try!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lungberg Cinnamon Toast Rice Cake
  • 1 tbsp. Almond or Peanut Butter
  • Drizzle of Raw Honey

 

Supplements

I am a believer in trying to get as much from food as possible, but also take the following supplements for “added insurance”.

Juice Plus Capsules: 2 orchard, 2 garden/day

IMG_3086I have been taking Juice Plus+ capsules for 15 years! I like the research data in clinical trials showing it reduces markers of systemic inflammation in the body.  I also like that it is made from 18 different fruits and vegetables…you know what the ingredients are its not mega-doses of isolated vitamins that your body doesn’t know what to do with.  I eat fruits and vegetables as much as possible but I like the variety that Juice Plus+ provides. We tend to buy the same types of produce or we buy what is in season. Juice Plus+ has a variety of fruit and vegetables from the rainbow, each offering different nutrients to our body.

For more info, visit http://cwynne.juiceplus.com

My kids (& hubby) take the Juice Plus Fruit & Vegetable Chewables

IMG_3090They love them…the vegetable ones are even good!  I like it because there is no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors (believe it or not, but this is very unusual for kids vitamins). The clinical data shows it reduces the number of visits to the pediatrician.  I would much rather spend my money preventing illness than a co-pay to the doc’s office. Best part is there is a program to get FREE chewables for kids! Ask me how! http://inspirewellnessstl.com/contact/

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acid: 2 1000mg capsules per day

IMG_3093There are so many compelling reasons to take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement…helps with reducing inflammation in the body, heart health, joint pain, auto immune diseases & mental illnesses.  We get so many omega-6s in our diets.  The ratios of omega-6s to omega-3s is suppose to be 2:1 and it is typical for an american to have a ratio of 20:1.   Taking an omega-3 supplement helps even out the ratio.

I like Ultimate Omega because of the high content of EPA/DHA per capsule.  It can be found at Whole Foods or ordered online at http://www.allstarhealth.com.

Probiotics:  1 capsule per day

2014-01-29 002 (240x160)They help fill your gut with the healthy bacteria that sometimes is over populated by the bad bacteria.  It can help with diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal cramping, allergies, urinary tract infections and/or yeast infections. I like 365 High Potency Probiotic which can found at Whole Foods.

 

Brazil Nuts: Eat 2 per day

2014-01-29 001Eating just 2 per day will give you the recommended amount of selenium you need a day. Selenium can be helpful for your metabolism,  Also those with thyroid disorders, auto immune diseases and reproductive issues.  Selenium has been proven to be a powerful carcinogenic supplement, inhibiting cancer cells and reducing the risk of several cancers including prostate, breast and uterine.  I eat two every morning with breakfast.

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