Good Day Colorado: Smart Kid’s Snacks Good Day Colorado: Smart Kid’s SnacksAugust 9, 2016 in Media, TravelShare ThisFacebookPinterestTwitterPrintemailAvoiding energy slumps is as easy as getting the proper balance of nutrients in your child’s diet. Here are my Top 3 tips to sustaining energy and feeling alert! 1. Be smart with Sugar – avoid the sugar spikes and crashes from highly processed sugar. But that doesn’t mean you have to take away all sweet treats. You can easily make these sweet energy bites at home. They key here is using a low-processed sugar and pairing it with fiber to slow the rate of the sugar absorption in the bloodstream. I made these with brown rice syrup, oats, and sunflower seed butter which is a delicious and healthy alternative to peanut butter. 2. Energize with Electrolytes – electrolytes are minerals that are essential for proper nervous system communication. It’s basically the electrical current that keeps the lights on. And it’s what keeps your kids sharp in the classroom! The best thing you can do to ensure your children have the proper nutrients is to make meals with the right kind of salt. Regular table salt is stripped of all of its minerals and then manufacturers add in synthetic nutrients like iodine which aren’t processed in the body the same way as real nutrients are. It’s the white bread of the electrolyte world. Instead, use unrefined sea salt like pink himalayan or celtic which are naturally full of 70-80 trace minerals. Ensuring proper electrolytes is really as easy as using a high quality salt and it is generally the same price as processed! 3. Start the Day with a Superfood Chocolate Shake– I don’t know any kid that’s going to fight you on this one! Here are the superstars of this smoothie. ◦ Cacao powder – the raw form of chocolate full of compounds that aid in the release of serotonin and endorphins to help us stay alert and focused. ◦ Banana – the banana is great for a creamy sweetener but it also contains b-vitamins which help convert food into energy. ◦ Chia and Hemp seeds – I’m adding these for a delicious hit of highly absorbable protein. Protein keeps us full and satiated and these seeds pack all of the essential amino acids you need for a complete protein. Here the recipes to get you going! Superfood Chocolate Shake Ingredients 1 frozen banana 1 Tbl cacao powder 1 Tbl hemp seeds 1 cup nut milk 1 tsp chia seeds Bonus: add some spinach or baby kale! You can barely tell it’s in there because of the greens’ neutral taste. Directions Add the banana, cacao, hemp seeds, and nut milk to a blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into a serving glass and top with chia seeds. Sweet Energy Bites Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup buckwheat groats (aka kasha) 1/4 cup brown rice syrup 1/4 cup sunflower butter 1 Tbl sliced almonds Directions Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together until well-combined. Form into small balls and place in a container to store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to eat.