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Monday, June 28, 2010

SPORTS DRINKS for KIDS? Yes and NO

HYDRATE--it's HOT!
if you have been to Houston...you will know what I mean when I say
it is HOUSTON HUMID HOT here in the ATX right now...


My 10 year old son just finished a 6 hour per day OUTDOOR soccer camp for one week.
When I picked him up in the afternoons, it was a minimum of 94 degrees.  
When he is doing that much endurance exercise, in that heat, for 6 HOURS...
I really don't care what he drinks- I just want him to DRINK!   


In the example above, a full strength sports drink with sugar is probably a good idea...
ESPECIALLY if it improves the chances of the child consuming enough liquids.


YET, if exercise is less than 90 minutes, or just a drink around the house,
 a sports drink is NOT the best choice.
Though it varies by brand, a 10 ounce sports drink can have a minimum of 10 teaspoons of sugar.
Children drinking EMPTY calories via sodas, juice, and sports drinks at home INSTEAD of water or 
low fat milk can contribute to childhood obesity and erosion of tooth enamel.


Would you like some GOOD NEWS?


Powerade has come out with a product called POWERADE Play
http://www.facebook.com/poweradeplay
It is specifically designed for younger athletes.  It is sweetened naturally with cane sugar and STEVIA!
Now, they didn't take out the artificial colors- but this is a huge improvement on products that have been readily available in the past.


My son isn't great about drinking enough, ESPECIALLY in the Texas Summer heat...
I would prefer he drink water, which he will do when he is really thirsty, but other times require a bit of 
"strong encouragement."
I have been searching for naturally sweetened, low calorie "fun" drinks for a while...
one that has hit stores here recently is called
Crystal Light Pure Fitness- naturally sweetened and no artificial colors or preservatives!! 
(yes- Alissa--woo hoo!)
http://www.kraftbrands.com//crystallight/varieties/Pages/default.aspx


This blog below also talks about how important it is for children to stay hydrated during sports.
Small water losses are magnified the less you weigh.
Parents, you know your children, you will make the best choices for your children's well being.


http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/phys-ed-are-sports-drinks-actually-good-for-kids/


I hope this helps everyone in their quest to quench their family's thirst this summer!


DISCLAIMER-
I have not received any free samples/coupons/NADA- just excited that the options are improving

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Frozen Banana- CHOCOLATE covered- of Course!


Hi friends
With May Madness past us, 
and the joy and HEAT of June and July jumping in...
Let's COOL OFF with some fun, frozen FRUIT desserts!

Since it is summer, I had my son along
to "help" me do the grocery shopping.
He wanted to buy a kit
for chocolate covered bananas. 
I thought we might
make it better (and with more CHOCOLATE) ourselves!


Summer also says...SORBET--you can make with any
kind of your favorite fruit!
Sorbet tastes great, and it's GOOD for you!


Below are a couple different versions of recipes 
that I found on COOKS.COM and allrecipes.com


If you try one, please comment on 
working4wellness.blogspot.com, 
and let me know how it goes.
Even better, take a picture and post it on here- I'd love to post the winner (we'll let my "helper"  pick!)










Chocolate and Peanut Butter 
Covered Chocolate Banana 
(cooks.com)
1 c. chocolate morsels
4 tbsp. butter
6 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
Sliced bananas


Melt chocolate and peanut butter. Insert toothpicks in banana slices. 
Dip bananas in chocolate. Put on wax paper and freeze.
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PINEAPPLE - ORANGE SORBET (allrecipes.com)






INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
DIRECTIONS:
1.In a medium saucepan, bring water and sugar to a simmer
 over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved.
2.In a food processor, puree pineapple with its juice until smooth.
 Transfer to a metal bowl, and stir in syrup, lemon juice,
 orange juice, and orange zest. Freeze until slightly firm,
 but not frozen.
3.Process mixture again in the food processor or 
beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
 Transfer to a freezer container and
 freeze until firm, about 2 hours.