Children Need Quality Food For Quality Growth and Development
As parents, we all want the absolute best for our kids. We question ourselves every step of the way – Do they need to be in a booster in the car? Is it ok if they eat macaroni and cheese again? Are they social enough? Too social? I’m told that if you don’t feel crazy as a parent, you’re doing it wrong. If that’s true, I must be doing everything exactly right because I always feel like I’m one step away from starting my own circus.
One of the primary things we all struggle with is getting our kids to EAT. My girls are one and three years old, so some days getting them to eat anything at all is an accomplishment. At MKT Crossfit, we believe that nutrition is simple. When you have a family, things have to be simple. And quick. Nutrition for us means eating meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Crossfit great, Ben Bergeron, makes it even simpler in the first 7 seconds of this video: “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.” This is the ideal. This is what we strive for, and what we teach. We see the value in eating whole foods. We teach kids to see the value in eating healthy things, and most importantly we teach that it tastes good.
Whole, unprocessed foods fuel our bodies with the energy they need to get through the day – playing basketball, running at recess, and even fitness class! So, how in the world do you fit this into your already crazy schedules? Think practically. What can you change now? What can you change next week? It may require some planning, and will almost certainly ensure changes to your grocery list. But I promise that once you adjust to this new normal, you (and your kids) will feel so much better about what they’re eating. So, where do we start?
- Shop the perimeter. Whole foods are placed around the perimeter of the store. Produce, meat, cold items, and frozen. When you’re shopping for dairy, frozen fruit, and the like, look for things that don’t have added sugar. Plain frozen fruit rather than fruit packed in syrup. Yogurt with no added sugar, no fruit on the bottom. Simple changes like this make a huge difference.
- Plan ahead. Think about your schedule. Do your kids eat breakfast on the go? These muffinsare great to make ahead and freeze for future use. Pancakes made with 2 eggs, a mashed banana, vanilla, and cinnamon are also a favorite in my house. Do they need easy snacks in the afternoon? Think about finding meat sticks from a local vendor or having carrots with hummus available.
- Make it fun! Kids will eat things that they are excited about. Cut veggies into fun shapes, give them a new dip to try with them, or let them put their own healthy creations together. Getting them involved in the process helps them take ownership and gives you a great opportunity to talk about nutrition with them.
We are here to help you and your kids be the best versions of themselves. Our primary focus for MKT Kids Fitness classes is fun. We want kids to have a healthy association with fitness and nutrition. It should not be something that is dreaded, but rather something they look forward to all week. We can’t wait for the opportunity to be a positive influence in your children’s lives!
Author: Danielle Kemp
Danielle Kemp, Director of MKT Kids Fitness
Danielle currently volunteers for Crossing Kids and we have a current background check on file. She used to be a elementary teacher. When she had her two little ones, she decided to be a stay at home Mom.
Today Danielle has a new passion for teaching fitness to the kiddos and has completed an extensive internship process while completing her CF-L1. Danielle is also registered to take the CrossFit Kids Certification mid-January.
Each class will be 60 minutes long. We will use games and a lesson plan each class to help children gain better coordination and body control.
Core strength and sports injury prevention are our top priorities.
The children will also be taught how to respect each other and work together to complete tasks.
The membership investment for the MKT Kids Fitness program is only $30 every two weeks! The first 15 members will receive a lifetime founders discount of 20% off.
The MKT Kids Fitness Program is an ongoing program with a recurring membership. There is no long term commitment. Just $30 every two weeks on auto payment. We just require a 14 day notice to cancel membership. We also offer an option to pause membership for sports seasons, long travel plans, and sickness or extenuating circumstances.
Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
4-7 year olds will meet at 4:30pm.
8-11 year olds will meet at 5:30pm.
12-14 year olds (CrossFit Teens) – coming soon.
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