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Easy and Healthy…Gotta Love Libby’s!

I have to admit sometimes I dislike having to pack lunches for the kids because of the time it takes. But, I personally feel better sending them with a lunch rather than having them buy food from the cafeteria! This is why I am all about quick, healthy snacks that I can throw in my kiddos’ lunches in the morning. It saves me time if I don’t have to divide up the servings and I can feel good that I put something nutritious in their lunch bag. This is why our house is loving Libby’s brand new Single-Serve Fruit Cups!

I have them for the kids but my husband can’t stop eating the peaches! (I have to admit they are REALLY good). They have other varities too such as Diced Pear, Mixed Fruit and Cherry Mixed Fruit. I am telling you mammas stock up your pantry with some of these goodies and you will not only save time in the morning you will feel good about what you are feeding your kids!

Brandi Chastain, professional soccer player, Olympian of three medals and mom of a first grader has partnered with Libby’s for their Snack Duty Takeover campaign. My daughter and I will have the pleasure of meeting her this weekend. In the meantime, here are some of Brandi’s favorite tips for helping kids stay healthy:

Brandi’s Kid Friendly Tips for Healthy Living:

Hydrate to perform great. Kids should drink water before, during AND after exercise. While exercise generates heat and increases the body’s core temperature, water works to bring body temperature back to the normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Let your child pick out a colorful water bottle to make drinking water fun!

Always make time for healthy meals. The USDA says that half our plates should be filled with colorful fruits and veggies, but when your children are constantly running from school to practice and back, it can be tough to get them to eat that perfect meal. Add Libby’s® Single Fruit Cups, which contain one complete serving of fruit, to your children’s bags for an easy and nutritious snack.

Sleep is important! Children should receive an average of eight hours of sleep each night. Without enough sleep children get cranky and lazy, and will not perform to their full potential during school, practice or games. Help your children stick to a regular sleep schedule by making bedtime fun – read them a story or sing a song while they fall asleep.

Turn exercise into a family affair. When exercising is a solo act, it can sometimes feel like a chore. Bring the whole family on-board and make exercising fun, family time! Join your kids in a game of soccer, Double Dutch or kickball.

Lead by example. When you set a good example, your kids are more likely to follow. Although it’s easy to stop at the drive-thru on the way home from practice, make an effort to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle. Become a role model by exercising regularly and eating healthy foods, like Libby’s Canned Fruits and Vegetables, with your children. It’s easier when you make it a team effort!