Quaker has asked me to talk to you about their For the Love of Play campaign, in partnership with the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60, designed to help fuel healthy families so they an get out and be active for 60 minutes of play a day.
Physical activity, in combination with good nutrition, is essential to a healthy lifestyle. This isn’t rocket science. We’ve most of us heard and seen this for years. It’s not even a suggestion. Our bodies need fuel and they need to move. Today I’m sharing some of the ways WE play in our family- and also a quick and easy family favorite Energy Bites recipe so we have the fuel we need to play for 60 minutes each day.
For the Love of Play wants to inspire us- all of us- families and communities- to get up and get active – at school, at home and everywhere in between.
Play is fun and easy! Whether its flag football with friends, active brain breaks at school, a game of tag in the backyard with your family or organized sports – the ways to play are endless.Playing outside has seemingly endless options to stay active. There are probably 100 different games of “tag” alone.
Getting up and getting active isn’t always super simple when you are indoors. It’s easy- too easy- to get into that comfort zone of sitting on the couch/chair and vegging out, especially in colder months or in less than ideal weather. We try to still be active and keep moving in our house- and one way we do that is with the kids’ toys. Our house is set up so that the downstairs is a circle. At least, for kids running around, it’s a circle. The floor needs to be refinished anyway, but the ‘turns’ in the doorways? The finish was worn far before any of the rest of the floors. Our kids have run laps on that floor since they could move their little bodies independently. We’ve played thousands of hours of chase with them.
Now, they are bigger. So we have different ways of play. My son got a Captain America shield that shoots little foam discs… all of us, including my extended family, have taken turns for the past few years to don the mask and strap on the shield to hunt stinky feet.
Playing together doesn’t have to be planned. Or serious. We tend to have the most fun playing silly, made up games in our house. We’ve spent hours playing chase with Beanie Boos and other stuffed animals. It’s about moving and being active.
Outside? Soccer. Taking walks. Bike rides. Chase. Tag. The kids do cartwheels and somersaults all over the place. Basketball games, hopscotch. Baseball. There are endless ways to get moving outdoors. The point of the whole For the Love of Play campaign is to encourage us- ALL of us- to geet out there are DO things. Or get in there and DO things. Move. Wiggle. Jump. Shake. Put on the kids’ dress up clothes and pretend right along with them. You might be surprised at how much fun you’ll have!
1 C. Quaker Oats, either Quick or Old Fashioned are fine
½ C. peanut butter
½ C. flax seed
½ C. mini baking M&M’s (optional – you could also use mini chocolate chips)
1/3 C. honey
#1. Add all ingredients to a medium size bowl and mix well. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes so the ingredients set.
#2. Remove from the fridge and use a small round cookie scoop to scoop the mixture out. Use your hands to roll evenly into balls and place on a baking sheet.
#3. Once all the dough is rolled into balls, place the baking sheet in the fridge for another 15-20 minutes.
#4. Store the energy bites in the fridge in an airtight container.
*Makes approximately 2 dozen small energy bites.