Motivation Monday

Let’s start the week off with a new snack and work-out move to keep up healthy habits!

This Week’s Work-Out Move: leg lifts. Work the muscles of the outer thigh with this simple move. This exercise is incredibly functional because it supports the entire chain of muscles and joints in the leg. You know you have many more years to keep up with your kids, so you might as well get the gams in good condition. Lie sideways and place support on your right knee with your left leg straight out to the side. Keep your left arm bent behind your head to support your neck and use your right arm for balance. Raise your left leg to hip height and lower. Repeat for 30 seconds and switch to the other side. Do this 1-3 times a day, 3 days a week. Your leg strength will come in handy now and in the future!

Healthy Snack of the Week: Banana-nutter-butter bites. Grab a large banana and cut into quarter length pieces. Place a mini dollop of peanut butter on each banana slice, and then sprinkle with oatmeal flakes and mini chocolate chips. Stick each banana slice with a toothpick. Snack time will suddenly become an entertaining experience with these banana skewers. It’s a balanced mini meal with mostly fruit and protein and a little touch of sweetness. You can even put them in the fridge for a more refreshing summer treat. Keep the bites on hand for a tasty midday treat that your kids will love. If you want a slight flavor switch up, try dusting them with cinnamon or adding coconut flakes to the mix.

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