On The Go Snacks & Tips for Keeping Your Active Kids Healthy

by Jennifer on September 27, 2012

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Our children take part in swimming, soccer and competitive gymnastics so they are burning extra calories and in need of extra calories from healthy snacks on those busy days.

Depending on the season, what I pack varies but there are a few snacks I always keep stocked to grab when they is no time for making a thing except refilling their water bottles:

*A bag of dried fruit and nuts

*Our favorite bars

*Single-serve cups of applesauce and/or fruits (favorites include Libby’s peaches or mixed fruit). The kids enjoy that the Libby’s fruit cups are easy to open and I love that they are portable and come in sturdy containers.

*A bag of popcorn, seasoned with maybe some parmesan and/or seasonings.

*Frozen yogurt sticks

Speaking of Soccer & Libby’s, the kids and I will be meeting Brandi Chastain this weekend! She will be sharing her soccer skills and tips on healthy living. Some of her ‘Kid Friendly Tips for Healthy Living’ include:

*Hydrate to perform great. Kids should drink water before, during AND after exercise. While exercise generates heat and increases the body’s core temperature, water works to bring body temperature back to the normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Let your child pick out a colorful water bottle to make drinking water fun!

*Always make time for healthy meals. The USDA says that half our plates should be filled with colorful fruits and veggies, but when your children are constantly running from school to practice and back, it can be tough to get them to eat that perfect meal. Add Libby’s® Single Fruit Cups, which contain one complete serving of fruit, to your children’s bags for an easy and nutritious snack.

*Sleep is important! Children should receive an average of eight hours of sleep each night. Without enough sleep children get cranky and lazy, and will not perform to their full potential during school, practice or games. Help your children stick to a regular sleep schedule by making bedtime fun – read them a story or sing a song while they fall asleep.

*Turn exercise into a family affair. When exercising is a solo act, it can sometimes feel like a chore. Bring the whole family on-board and make exercising fun, family time! Join your kids in a game of soccer, Double Dutch or kickball.

*Lead by example. When you set a good example, your kids are more likely to follow. Although it’s easy to stop at the drive-thru on the way home from practice, make an effort to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle. Become a role model by exercising regularly and eating healthy foods, like Libby’s Canned Fruits and Vegetables, with your children. It’s easier when you make it a team effort!

Disclosure: I am working with The Motherhood on this campaign & Libby’s sent us some single serve cups however, you know I am sharing this because I believe in the concepts.

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