Saturday, September 19, 2015

Optimizing Performance: Back To School Edition

Your kids have had about two weeks to get acclimated to their school routines. That means increased academic, social and athletic demands and most significantly their cognitive abilites are really being taxed. It's all stress to some degree and it all goes in the same "stress bucket." So we want to make sure our kids are doing a few simple things that when done well will allow them to not only survive but to thrive!

The most important thing in my mind to boost performance in any endeavor is nutrition. Most kids eat at minimum three times a day and if you include snacking it could tally up to 6 feeding opportunities. Each opportunity is a chance to take a step toward improving performance on the field or in the classroom, if the choices they make are good ones. Poor choices however may be neutral at best (as we know kids can be super resilient) and at worst they can lead to foggy thinking, delayed reaction time, and poor recovery from exercise and training.

Nutrition is easily the single fastest and most effective way to improve performance!
In fact poor nutrition during the teen years is crucial to optimizing your brain health!

A close second is quality rest and recovery time.  Below you can learn why...
Sleep is the second fastest way to improve performance!

All that said I wanted to get you a few quick options to get the kids' and your day off to an awesome start. The nutrients in these options will power their brains and their muscles!

No junk in any of the recipes/products! Made with real food!

Also great options for on the go parents or professionals!

Protein Bars- For breakfast on the go or quick after school snack:
They also have a great sale this week, 25% off select varieties. No coupon code necessary.

High Quality Super Pure Beef/Turkey Jerky option:

Protein Pudding (gluten/dairy free but your kids won't notice):

Place 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in the bottom of a glass bowl. Mix one serving of vegan protein powder (chocolate works best/vanilla tastes "funky") with just 1 cup of non-dairy milk of choice (almond, hemp, coconut) unsweetened if possible. Stir the blended protein into the chia seeds. Cover the bowl and place in refrigerator overnight. It will be ready to go come morning.

Options- you can add chopped nuts or cacao nibs (together or solo a serving about size of thumb) to provide a little crunch and make the meal more "hearty."

Sprouted rice or buckwheat crisps also are awesome add-ons!

Try it first without added sweetener. If you need it add just a bit of stevia to the protein/milk mixture. The chia pudding also provides a nice snack option or quick take to work/school meal.

Power Oatmeal:
(Be sure to mix ingredients AFTER cooking).
1 serving cooked rolled oats oatmeal (1/2 cup precooked)
1 to 1½ scoops vanilla or chocolate Grass Fed Whey
Add a few chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, peanut/almond butter or fresh fruit.
Enjoy, and show the world how smart your kids are!!

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