Thursday, May 6, 2010
the smart after school snack!
ME: "Hey kids, how was your day at school?"
KIDS: "Terrible." (while starting to cry)
ME: "Oh really that's too bad. What happened? "
KIDS: "Everything. No one likes me. I hate school. I have no friends. Kids were picking on me. My teacher yelled at me. I got pushed down at lunch. I hate my life!" and the list goes on...
ME: "Wow, that sounds like a terrible day! (said as I hand the kids a snack.)
Our conversation fifteen minutes AFTER they have a healthy snack of protein and complex carbohydrates.
ME: "So you had a bad day? I'm sorry."
Kids: "Not really. It was actually pretty good. I made a new friend. I got an A on my spelling test. Oh and I had fun on the bus playing with this girl. Can I have a friend over?"
This is seriously what happened a few days ago. I figured out the reason for the break downs. Their blood sugar levels are so low from eating lunch at 11 am and then having to wait til 3:30 for a snack. That's why it's important to give your kids HEALTHY after-school snack. Don't let them snack on chips and sodas or cookies. Here's a great opportunity to give them something substantial when their bodies need it the most. Have it ready for them right when they walk into the door.
You know that while they were gone at school, they probably traded half the good things in their lunch for junk food and were probably fed sugar because there's a birthday party just about everyday so they aren't missing out on sugar. What they are missing out on is protein and some good complex carbohydrates. It's incredible how their moods will change as soon as they get some nutrients. They think more rationally which will help them in completing the hours of homework we are so lucky to get to do everyday. :)
Peanut Butter Ball recipe
High in protein, essential fatty acids, and fiber.
1 cup peanut butter or almond butter (i made both separately and then mixed 1/2 and 1/2)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 T sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 T sesame seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
Stir in 1/3 cup of brown rice syrup.
dash with salt
2 T unsweetened coconut
It looks pretty sticky and gooey.
Roll into balls with coconut flakes.
Then put balls on a greased pan to put in the fridge.
Here's the one I use!
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or chocolate almond milk (can use rice milk as well)
1 cup water
1 T flax oil
1 Avocado (optional--maybe don't put in if you've never tried it before-adds a creamy texture)
2 frozen banana (can use fresh)
2 large green chard leaves
handful of frozen strawberries
1 T cacoa chocolate powder (optional)
1 scoop protein powder