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Gymnastic dreams: Training for Gold Leads to Healthier Kids

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Gymnastics has helped create many gold medal citizens and helps gymnasts excel later in life.

Many kids are already doing gymnastics as they learn to control their bodies and maneuver the world. Babies learning to walk often find themselves doing somersaults by accident, taking these accidental gymnastics to a higher level takes training and practice. The sport itself is perfect for any kid because they learn and succeed at their own pace feeling accomplished with every new move they learn. In gymnastics, no one sits on the bench while the best get to play. Gymnastics is the process of teaching one’s self to be in complete control of their body and as the training continues, muscles develop along with discipline, poise and self confidence. Many celebrities and star athletes started with gymnastics such as Sasha Cohen (the olympic skater), Hillary Swank (the Oscar and Golden Globe winning actress) and Tony Jaa (the martial arts movie actor). Training at home is a great alternative to paying for a professional coach while the child is honing in the basics. Making a practice room with carpet or couch cushions as padding is an easy way to allow child to learn handstands, cartwheels, and many other basics at home. Gymnastics is a training tool for your child’s mind and body that will stay with them the rest of their life.

Be Flexible Be Happy Be Healthy

You’re always on the go so you want your snacks to be able to keep up. It can be a challenge finding food that tastes good and is good for your kids. Below are two easy to make, easy to take, and easy to love recipes. Both are filled with wholesome ingredients and are excellent alternatives to cookies.

Oatmeal Energy Bites

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Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup almond butter (or substitute peanut butter)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup raw honey

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

Directions: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Roll out teaspoon sized balls and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Freeze until set about one hour. Enjoy and keep leftovers in a Ziploc bag in fridge or freezer. Makes about 20-24 energy bites.

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Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls

Recipe adapted from Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Ingredients:

½ cup pitted dates

1 cup dried apples (not freeze dried, these are the chewy ones)

½ cup oats

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until it forms a thick paste. Using about a tablespoon of the mixture, roll into balls. If you want the little bites, use about ¼ teaspoon.
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