My daughter was always energetic so it was somewhat surprising to hear her say, “Mom, I’m really tired” one day after school. Making sure I ruled out the usual concerns (do you have a temperature, are you feeling well, did you eat your lunch and was gym class too strenuous today?), I could then provide her with some natural energy boosters to get her going again even if I was tempted to let her slow the pace down a little at our house. Although, sometimes slowing the pace with a cat nap is just the energy booster your child needs.
1) Rest, Rest, Rest
Some kids just need a short nap to rejuvenate them and give them a natural energy boost, so throw a dryer-heated afghan or blanket over them, regardless of the season, and watch how quickly they succumb to their fatigue, waking soon thereafter with enough energy for both of you.
2) Water, Water, Water
It’s a given: most kids just don’t drink enough water. So if yours can’t swallow too much of the plain Jane variety, liven up their taste buds with some natural flavoring and coloring by throwing it in the mixer with a strawberry or piece of orange, which will not only add flavor and color to their water, it will add vitamins that they can always use as well. In the summer, when most kids need more energy, I usually top the glass off with one of those cute little glass umbrellas with a cherry or other piece of fruit on it.
3) Juice, Juice, Juice
If they just can’t handle drinking any more water; or they want something else to drink, or need some energy fast for a ball game or sporting event, then try this energy booster for kids: juice.
The highest energy juice options on the Glycemic Index are Cranberry Juice Cocktail (it has a Glycemic Index of 52 to 68) and Orange Juice, with a Glycemic Index of 46 to 53.
4) Give Them a Snack with a Glycemic Index Kick
The season, as well as the availability of fruit to your particular geographical area, will partially determine which fruit you choose off the Glycemic Index (GI) to give to your child for a natural energy boost snack option, but here are some fruits that have the highest GI rankings, thus providing the greatest, safe energy boost for kids: Watermelon (GI of 72), Raisins (GI of 64), Pineapple (GI of 51-66), Oranges (GI of 42) and Strawberries (GI of 40).
5) Exercise Them
If your kid has been a little inactive of late, it might be that a physical activity is just the ticket to provide the energy boost they need, so a trip to the park, or a recreation center, would serve to get their heart pumping and blood flowing again.