Posts Written ByDeb Lowther

Raising Runners: Can Kids Safely Run Distance of 5km or 10km?

Can Kids Safely Run Distance 5km 10km

Kids love to run, but can kids safely run distance? It’s one thing to play soccer and run after a ball, another to enter a 1km fun run, but at what age can kids consider running 5km? Or even 10km? After learning a few running basic like these, and some training you may be surprised what kids can accomplish.  At what age can kids safely run distance like 5km or even a 10km race? Our kids started running very young as our IronKids Brand has always sponsored local events and we believe in participating in events we sponsor. Our youngest…

10 Foods You Need in Your Freezer for Quick Healthy Meals

10 Foods You Need in Your Freezer

If you are a busy family with active kids you need these 10 foods in your freezer for quick healthy meals. I tend to “freezer plan” more than “meal plan”. At any given moment I can produce a meal for 5-10 people that includes protein, vegetables and grains but doesn’t include french fries, chicken finger or hot dogs. Usually in under 20 minutes.  And that is a good thing as these days as my house is slowly being taken over by kids racing off at 4pm to 2-4 hour long dance or gymnastics practices and groups of teenagers ‘popping over’ at dinner…

Raising Runners: Tips for Teaching Kids To Run

Teaching Kids to Run Distance

Moments after taking their first steps, kids are literally off and running – or so it seems – do we really need to be teaching kids to run?  Running for a sport is different than running for play, and running a race or for a distance goal has unique challenges. For soccer or basketball you need to run with speed and agility to turn quickly, to kick and to jump. For track there are obvious advantages to running fast but using arms for momentum, running with proper posture and the right technique at the start line can make a difference in how you place. These skills are…

Healthy Smoothies for Kids: Very Berry Smoothie Recipes

Healthy Smoothies for Kids Smoothie Recipes

Getting kids to eat a healthy breakfast with fruit, protein and fiber is no easy task, but these healthy smoothies for kids might transform your morning routine. What better way to get your kids to eat more fruit than with a very berry smoothie? The best part about these smoothies is that they are full of antioxidant rich berries, vitamins, protein, fiber, they taste great AND they are super fast to make. Perfect for busy kids on the go and an easy way to start their day off full of energy. Serve them up as a healthy breakfast smoothie to fill them up,…

Join the Fun: Activities You Can Do With Kids

When the kids are babies we kept them busy and engaged by signing up for Mommy & Me gymnastics or Parent & Tot swimming lessons but somewhere along the way the activities you can do with kids seems to stop. Or did we just stop doing activities with the kids?  I remember being young and swimming with my friends and the parents would watch us from the lawn chairs looking very bored. Now as an adult, I get it. We don’t always want to splash around with a pool full of kids – we like sitting – but finding activities you can do with kids is…

Get Kids Eating Spinach: Spinach Brownies Kids Will Love

Spinach Brownies Kids Will Love

I have tested this recipe on dozens of unsuspecting kids and I am confident when I say these spinach brownies will get your kids not only eating spinach, but loving spinach. Well, in these brownies at least. I was skeptical at first, especially considering there is at least 6 cups of baby spinach in these chocolate goodies, but you don’t taste it. Or the carrots. Did I mention there is 1/2 cup of pureed carrots in these spinach brownies too?  Healthy snacks and desserts are hard to find, but these spinach brownies check all the boxes – chocolate, not a lot of added sugar,…

How to Raise Adventurous Active Kids

I don’t think I am a big thrill seeker, but I do want active kids and I do enjoy a good adventure. I’m learning the two seem to go hand in hand. I find our most fun days are when we are an active family and explore something new together – a new trail, going out in the rain, trying a new sport together or just being open to a new idea. They kids are not always enthusiastic, but I have yet to take them on an adventure they did have tons of fun on and learn a little something along…

Simple Swaps: How to Pack a Healthier School Lunch

Simple Swaps Pack a Healthier School Lunch

The goal every school year is to pack a healthier school lunch but the reality is often busy schedules and picky eaters which means just getting them out the door with any food at all is a miracle!   Simple Swaps Make Big Difference The trick to pack a healthier school lunch is to start with the kids favourite foods but tweak them or swap out for a healthier version.  An example of a simple swap can be to send a cut up apple instead of a cup of apple sauce in their lunch.  The added benefit of fiber from the peel, and nutrients…

Creative Ways to Keep Kids Active Indoors

creative-ways-to-keep-kids-active-indoors

Guest Post by Julia Lowther Keeping kids active indoors can be a challenge. Getting outdoors for fresh air and sunshine is always encouraged, but sometimes you need indoor options to keep kids active. Bundle up if you can, but if its too rainy, cold, or snowy try one of these alternatives for family fun and get kids active indoors. Keep Kids Active Indoors Family Yoga  Many yoga studios now offer family yoga, perfect for kids of all ages. Learn balancing poses and increase strength while having fun indoors. Look for a studio offering aerial yoga for high flying fun the…

Healthy Soccer Snacks Kids (and Parents) Will Love

Healthy Soccer Snacks Kids Parents Will Love

While I am grateful to other parents for providing soccer snacks at halftime on those super hot days, I really wish we could agree to only hand out healthy soccer snacks. It is just as easy to buy a bag of apples as it is a box of rice cereal marshmallow squares. Its just as convenient to offer ice cold lemon or strawberry water instead of drink box fruit cocktails.   When did soccer snacks become so unhealthy? Debate aside as to whether kids even need a soccer snack, the bigger problem seems to be that soccer snacks have become an expected…