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I’m not sure what is more tiring — actually being a kid, or being the adult that chases the kids around all day. Regardless, it is important for the whole family to stay fueled and energized to maximize these days of playing, learning, and growing. It’s important to eat well and provide the right snacks all day long so that everyone has enough energy to end each day happy and healthy.
Check out some of these natural energy boosters for kids (and for moms and dads too!) that will help keep them moving, and keep you chasing them around from breakfast to bedtime.
Natural Energy Boosters 1 of 10
Being a kid is no easy job. There are slides to climb, soccer balls to kick, school lessons to learn, and friends to chase. Try some of these natural energy boosters that will help keep your family fueled for each day!
Fresh Apples 2 of 10
There is nothing more "natural" than a big serving of fresh fruit. Natural sugars give kids a healthy energy boost rich with all sorts of good vitamins and minerals. It is the perfect time of year for all things apple — take your family to the orchard for an apple-picking trip, and come home with plenty leftover for snacking.
Dates 3 of 10
Dates are often referred to as "nature's candy." Rich in fiber and many minerals, dates are a great natural alternative to high-sugar candy that will leave kids feeling energized and excited for classwork, playtime, sports, and whatever else they need to fuel for during the day.
(Frozen!) Grapes 4 of 10
My kid is totally grape obsessed. It is his favorite snack, and he pops them like candy all day long. For older toddlers (with more teeth and better chewing abilities!) try offering frozen grapes. It's a great, healthy snack alternative to things like popsicles that might have unnatural ingredients like food dyes. Natural fruit juices will help give a quick boost of energy, along with hydration.
Nut Butters 5 of 10
Of course energy doesn't all come from sugar. For a longer lasting pick-me-up that will keep kids satiated and feeling full, try offering a variety of different nut butters. Pick your preference — peanut, almond, sunbutter, and more — and spread onto whole grain toast or a ripe banana. Healthy fats keep kids moving all day long!
Smoothies 6 of 10
I know I talk about smoothies all the time, but for our family they are one of the best sources of nutrition for the kids and adults alike. You can add whatever fruits and veggies you like, and even sneak in some good healthy fat sources like avocado or flax oil. Smoothies are a great source of hydration as well as a quick grab-n-go way to get an energy boost during the day. Whether it's in the car on the way to a soccer game, or packed in a bag for a mid-day snack -- smoothies are an easy way to make sure you have energy all day long.
Mixed Nuts 7 of 10
Nuts are full of healthy fats and all sorts of energy-boosting minerals and vitamins. They are also easy to pack and store, and relatively mess-free, which is important for quick snacks on the go. Keep a stash of nuts in the car, pantry, and in your purse or diaper bag, so you always have access to this super snack if a mid-day crash strikes.
Fruit Flavored Snacks 8 of 10
Kids tend to love anything that looks like a gummy candy, and these fun fruit-shaped Mott's Medley snacks are a hit for all ages. Kids enjoy the sweet taste, clever shapes, and gooey texture, while moms enjoy knowing that they are all-natural and made from real fruit and vegetable juices. These are another great snack item to keep stashed in the car or diaper bag for mid-day pick-me-ups.
Water 9 of 10
It might not seem like the most traditional source of energy, but there are few things as important as staying hydrated during the day. Water is probably nature's most important and refreshing way of keeping your body in good shape all day long. Particularly during those summer months, make sure you and your kids are drinking plenty of water all day long.
Sunshine! 10 of 10
In addition to staying hydrated, there are few things as naturally energizing as a healthy dose of sunshine. We live in Seattle where sunshine is limited during certain times of the year, so we make sure we get outside and soak it up whenever it is shining. It is amazing how energizing some fresh air and sun on your skin can feel!