Every day is a marathon when you are a parent, and it’s important to help your kids eat right on game day – and every day! My daughter wants to be a soccer player when she grows up (you know, on the days when she doesn’t want to be a princess… or a dog…) and we’ve just enrolled her in soccer classes. She has LOVED it! She’s got her ball with her all day long these days.
Have you ever watched 3-year-olds play soccer? It’s pretty hilarious. But it’s been a great way to help my daughter run off some of that boundless energy, and learn lessons in following directions and work on her coordination at the same time.
One thing I noticed the very first day – she is suddenly HUNGRY after her class! Raya has always been my picky eater (as opposed to Roman, who seems to love eating absolutely everything) so before, as long as she would actually eat anything, I didn’t stress too much about what it was, as long as it wasn’t just sweets. If all she ate was a piece of cheese, a baggie of cereal and a tortilla… I celebrated that she actually ATE. But for the first time ever, she has started saying in the past few weeks, “mommy, I’m hungry!”
So it’s definitely time to start balancing her meals better. (Okay I’m sure it’s well past time, but now, she’s finally open to it.)
The Tips for a Great Start site at Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips has an awesome collection of recipes for giving your little athlete meals that offer the carbs and protein they need on game day. I’ve gotten inspiration for some simple recipes that have been a hit at mealtime on soccer day (and every day) – like this double-coated chicken, using Kellogg’s Corn Flakes!
You can find the recipe on the Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips site, along with some other great mealtime ideas! I made some slight modifications to the original recipe to suit my (Italian) family’s tastes: I add 1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese to the Corn Flake crumbs instead of drizzling them with margarine, and also add 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning along with the salt and pepper to the egg batter. It’s a nice easy recipe to add into our meal rotation (and falls right in line with my hour-or less goals), and I also make it with chicken tenderloins to keep the portions toddler-friendly.
Do you have active kids? What do you serve to help them keep their energy up? Check out the recipes at Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips for more mealtime inspiration!
Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Comes Great Things. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s and Team USA dieticians. The thirty days leading up to the Opening Ceremony at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature a fun piece of advice to help families stay fuel just like the like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s™. To see all 30 tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips.
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