As a health coach, I am always looking for new ways to get people to adopt healthy behaviors, get moving and learn about real food. With all the kids camps out there, my friend Dawnmarie who owns Go Figure Gym, and I decided to do a Fit Camp for Kids this summer to teach the kids about general fitness and healthy eating (there is never enough instruction about healthy eating!). It was our first time having the camp (we will be doing more for sure!) and we had a small group of four kids that were so fun and engaged in everything we did. I promised them I would share the pictures on the blog for them and everyone else to see.
Each day we started with two rounds of the circuit on kid sized machines. They made major improvements from day one to day four. They kept commenting on how fast the time was going by on day three once they had the hang of it.
They even worked on their box jumps each day!
Ya gotta love the action shots!
The next segment of each day was the snack. Naturally they are all fired up for the snack. And then....I bust out the kale. Day one we made smoothies. I asked the kids if anyone has ever had kale before. They all looked at me like I was nuts. Then I asked if any of them had ever even heard of kale. One says "Well, I know it's a diet food!". Aaack! Worry not, I set them straight right away and explained that we do not eat food that is good for us when we go on a diet, we should eat good food all the time to stay healthy and strong (and of course to avoid the need to go on diets...but I wasn't about to get into all of that).
The smoothie was made with kale, carrots, banana, mixed frozen fruit, coconut water and a little OJ. The good news is only one kid found it terribly unpleasant and the other three had their mom's running to the grocery store to buy kale. The kids wrote down the recipe and made them for their families. That's a win for the health coach!
Following the snack each day we did different physical activities. These kids love to jump rope! Which is so great, talk about a good cardio workout. We did a few types of jump rope and they always went back to it if there were any spare moments before the parents cam to pick them up.
For our snack on day two, we made Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites from Creative Juice. I made these with a kids cooking class once and they loved them, always a hit! So this is the part when the kids tell their mom's they need to go back to the grocery store again, (you're welcome) and buy chia seeds.
Can you blame them? They're a pretty tasty treat and have no creepy ingredients. Hopefully they told their mom's to buy the natural peanut butter with no added sugar (I see now that it's not specified on the recipe). We did discuss our label reading so it's in their hands now.
I think the eyes say it all.
Most of our third segment each day was in game form. Well it's not all fun and games...just kidding. It is. Even if we did work on bicycles, planks and push-ups.
Day three...POPCORN! Who doesn't love popcorn? We talked about how microwave popcorn is full of nasty chemicals and artificial ingredients. I showed them that with a 1/4 cup of kernels and a paper lunch bag you can make healthy popcorn in the microwave (just use the popcorn button!). We made three types, your basic butter (not too much) and salt, Dorito popcorn (which is a blend of seasonings similar to a nacho chip), and a sweet variety, Cinnamon and Sugar popcorn. They loved the popcorn so much we had to make extra so they could all bring the three varieties home, again, to share with the family (love that). We did add a little Nutritional Yeast to the second batch of buttered popcorn to show them a healthy version of cheese corn. The mom's are probably so over this by now...
These kids were such great sports about trying new things that on the last day of camp I decided to forgo my "safe" snack choice and be adventurous. I brought all the fixins (and my food processor) to make Chocolate Avocado Pudding. Sounds kinda gross right? Well....it was. I really had high hopes though because there are a ton of recipes out there for this (different variations) and I thought, how great would it be to make a healthy chocolate pudding! The recipe I chose used banana as the only sweetener. I think that was the main problem, not sweet enough.
It looked like chocolate pudding and the texture was right on, but that's about it. A Pinterest Fail for sure. I thought they'd be all bummed but these two fabulous girls insisted on taking a cup of it home so they could try and work on it (they wanted the recipe too). They thought maybe they could add a little honey or something. Unfortunately that was the last day of camp so I never found out how that panned out.
When all was said and done we had a great week at Fit Camp for Kids and I look forward to the next one!