The second Vayda and Mattie get home from school and want something to eat. I try to have something like No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars with Chia Seed because they’re easy, everyone loves them, and I can feel good about what my family is eating. Plus, I try to keep snacks the girls can grab as we’re walking out the door to head to practice. My little athletes love the Peanut Butter Energy Bars, and it helps me feel good knowing I am fueling their potential. It’s our job as parents and coaches to fuel young athletes potential by making sure they have everything they need so they can be their very best on and off the field. From snacks and meals to keeping them hydrated, we have to support their dreams!
I do my best to inspire my family by supporting them in anything they want to do just as my parents did my siblings and myself. Growing up, I was blessed with parents who supported us in everything we wanted to do. They only had one rule, if we started something we had to finish it.
My parents were at every rodeo, baseball game, and everything else they could make it too. They also hauled us around the practices and were there for us when we needed them most. I can’t think of one conversation with my parents where they didn’t make things better. They also helped me understand what sports was about – the love for the game. Which is something I try to share with my young athletes too.
I was extremely lucky as a young athlete and as a daughter to have the parents I did. I can’t begin to tell them to thank you enough for everything they have done and continue to do for me. I can only hope that my young athletes look back one day and feel the same way about me.
My parents always made sure I had something healthy and made sure I was hydrated before I ran off to practice, game, or a rodeo. Who would have known how dang smart my mom was! Seriously, I wish I would h ave believed that when I was 16. I bet it would have made my 20s so much less stressful lol.
I learned a lot playing sports when I was young. It’s awesome to watch my young family grow and learn what it means to be part of a team. It’s important to understand what being part of a team means and how important your role on the team is. It doesn’t matter what position you hold if you are part of that team you have a job to do, and your team counts on you to do it. Being part of a team came easy to Vayda and Mattie, probably because we come from a large family. However, losing is something my youngest, Mattie is still learning to cope with. She is VERY competitive in everything she does and has a hard time losing. Gosh, she is a sore loser, and we are working past it, slowly but surely we will make it lol.
If I had to give parents one tip, it would be to get your family out there and be there and involved in sports. If you have young athletes in your life who are important to you, and they’re playing sports, support them too. I wish I would have been a bigger part of Corbin’s (my nephew) game days. Gosh, I miss that little guy!
Corbin was always so funny while he was waiting to bat. He would make us laugh, and Mattie thought she was soo cool because she got to sit in the dugout and talk to her cousin, who was on the baseball team lol.
It’s so critical to learn how to be part of a team. Gosh, it’s helped me as an adult in the workplace, and it’s even helped me with being a better parent. You also learn how to be discipline yourself and think about others, your team, before yourself.
Since my mom and dad did such a great job inspiring me to be the best that I could be I have followed her lead yet again by keeping my family fueled and hydrated. I make my athletes the same No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars my mom made me with a few added ingredients and on game nights my husband and I always grab them a POWERADE; they love it, and it helps to keep them hydrated while they play.
Check out the Peanut Butter Energy Bars with Chia Seed recipe below.
No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars with Chia Seed
To make these super yummy energy bars you’ll need the following:
(You may want to cut this recipe in half, I have a large family, so I tend to make a lot)
- 4 Cups Quick Oats
- 1 Cup Cranberries
- 2 Cups Natural Peanut Butter
- ½ Cup Honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 Tablespoons Flaxseed
- 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
Ready, set, let’s go!
- Combine all your ingredients in your blender and blend for about 2 minutes or until everything is blended well. It will be a sticky consistency, test a small piece and see if it sticks together. If not add two more tablespoons of honey, mix and try again.
- Place in a pan and smash down. I like to use a cookie sheet with the small edges and roll them out with a rolling pin which helps them to stay together better.
- Cut into bars and enjoy.
My two youngest are very motivated by sports! I’m so thankful I’m a work at home mom and able to be such a big part of everything and when I’m not I know dad will be there! My husband is fantastic, to be honest, the girls would rather their daddy take them to practice. I like to think it’s only because he always hooks them up with a POWERADE before they get to practice because they “accidently” forget their water. I know, it’s probably not that, but it helps me cope lol.
I’m not complaining; the girls love them because they come in several different flavors – Mountain Berry Blast, Fruit Punch, Orange, Grape, and Lemon Lime and they even have POWERADE ZERO in Mixed Berry and Grape Zero. With it warming up outside I’m glad that POWERADE has their ION4 Advanced Electrolyte System which provides four electrolytes that are lost when the body sweats – potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium, losing too many can cause harm. POWERADE is also formulated with B3, B6, and B12 as well as a 6% carbohydrate solution. POWERADE ZERO is just as awesome as all other POWERADE products just don’t include as many calories, and you can score them at Walmart.com, even in the multipacks.
We all have potential; it doesn’t matter what you achieve in life! You start at the same place everyone else does, like a child full of potential with big dreams. I like the way POWERADE says it, “At the end of the day, we are all “just a kid” from somewhere. See POWERAID believes that the everyday athletes can realize their potential and one day be the athlete they look up to with the right motivation. Sports play a huge part in out communities, from t-ball to pro football, every athlete out there has a story just waiting to be told. You can represent your somewhere with custom “Just a Kid” apparel that features here. All net proceeds from the sale of “Just a Kid” apparel go to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
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