Dave’s nephew Jack has a boosterthon fun run coming up later this week. I was so excited to hear that this boosterthon to raise money for Jack’s school was going to be centered around fitness, leadership and character building. Jack called us last night asking if we’d pledge any money to support him during the run, and of course we agreed to help! For the fun run he will be running around the boosterthon track up to 35 times which is about 2 miles.
But we wanted to have a little fun with it 🙂 . For every comment left below we will pledge $0.50 to Jack on his fun run. If you like PancakeWarriors on Facebook, we will donate another $0.50! $0.50 may not seem like a lot, but you don’t know Jack’s father :). We will take comments until Tuesday 2/24 at 11:59 – simply leave a comment saying “Go Jack” or something similar! If you’re interested learning more check out boosterthon’s page.
I just want to talk for a minute about how impressed I am with Jack’s school, focusing on fitness at such a young age (Jack is in kindergarten). I can’t remember if fitness was ever a focus for us in elementary school, but I do wish it was! I grew up in the city, and there was really no where for us to go out and run around, except playing in the street!.
But there were things my mom did for me that now later in life I really am glad she instilled in me at an early age. My mom always made our sweet snacks like cookies, cakes, brownies etc. and we didn’t have chips or soda in the house on a regular basis. My mom also never talked negatively about her body around me as a kid, which has helped me keep a very positive body image over the years.
I think my mom getting me involved in the cooking of our meals at a young age made the kitchen so much less daunting later in life. I would help stuff ricotta in stuffed shells, layer the lasagna, mash potatoes, and make cookies and cakes on a regular basis. She also never asked us to eat something she wasn’t eating, so if we were having salad, she always had a big serving in her bowl. I remember thinking I wanted to be just like her and I would always eat all of my salad.
Being involved in the cooking process also made me much more excited to try new things. My mom would add spinach to our lasagna, and I was happy to try it. I thought I would share a few of my favorite recipes that you could easily get your kids involved in making with you that are healthy and easy! Of course use discretion and don’t let them handle anything hot or sharp, but cooking with them can be an adventure!
Sweet potato pizza bites! These are SO fun! You can use whatever toppings you want. Turkey pepperoni and cheese with a little pizza sauce or kale pesto, hello heaven! Adding kale to pesto or using sundried tomatoes or artichokes are a fun way to get your kids to try new foods!
Sweet potato tater tots! Because I mean who doesn’t love sweet potato tots! These are vegan, so you don’t have to worry about your kids eating the batter as they are helping you form the tots! Just be sure that the sweet potatoes have cooled off after steaming before having them help. You can use oat flour in place of the protein powder as suggested.
Quinoa Crusted Chicken Fingers: make this shake and bake style and have your kids shake the bag! Just set up the last station in a large gallon sized bag instead. Shake 3-4 tenders at a time! Just remember that you are working with raw poultry so clean hands and use utensils to remove the chicken from the bag.
Honey Sunbutter: Sunbutter is a great alternative for your kids, since it doesn’t have any known allergens. Sunbutter is also super easy to make, all you need is a food processor. Your kids can help scrape down the sides of the food processor or just be around to watch the seeds turn into butter. I still get amazed by this process lol!
Maple Roasted Cinmamon Carrots: this is the solution for picky eaters! These carrots literally taste like candy. You might have to pry your kids hands out of the bowl of these! A must try! You can have them help you lay out the carrot rounds and sprinkle in the the pecans in at the end.
Carrot Cake Quinoa Bites: these are just so yummy. And you are sneaking in some carrots!! Kids will love forming these balls and will likely lick half the frosting off the spoon, so be sure to make more!
Besides eating healthy, it’s also great for kids to see their parents doing exercise and being physically active. Getting them involved is also a great idea. Have a jumping jack challenge or go for a walk and race to the end of the street! Playing red-light green-light or simon says is also a super fun way to get your kids moving with you! If you need some at home workouts, we have plenty in our workouts section.
What About You?
- Whats your favorite recipe to good with your kids?
- What was your favorite recipe you cooked with your parents?
- Whats your favorite way to donate to your kids causes? Do I hear girl scout cookies?
Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid for this post all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am just looking to have some fun with Jack’s Boosterthon Pledge!