There was a time (all good stories start out this way right?) when we only had one child. Life seemed easy minus the waking up in the middle of the night and the constant temper tantrums. But beyond those few minor complaints, parenting was somewhat easy.
We didn’t have an older child that would leave LEGOs lying around the house, and our home didn’t have any stairs. Both of which pose a problem today. But on top of that, we have an extra… mobile… child. And I mean extra in every sense of the word. While not walking, yet, he has learned how to reach top crawling speed in 2.5 seconds flat and will be across the house if you take your eye off of him for a second.
Let’s add on that that we have another bundle of energy our 6-year-old. Not only does our oldest encourage said behavior from our one-year-old but he likes to make it a race to see who can get buckled the fastest in the car. It shouldn’t take you too long to figure out who wins those races since we have to buckle in a baby.
But again, there was a time when keeping up with our child was easy. Because we only had one child. We didn’t have to worry about running clear across the room to pull out a LEGO from an infant who found the one single LEGO on the floor. Plus, we didn’t have to worry about doing all of that while sleep deprived.
It was also easier for us to find time to get a workout in on a daily basis. One of us would go out for a run, and the other would stay at home to watch the kid and then we would just switch when the other was done. Or we would take our son with us on our run in the jogging stroller. Now, we feel guilty whenever we do our workout, leaving the other parent home… alone with two boys.
One of the things that I started to notice though was that it was easier to keep up with our son when I was working out. It seems almost counter-intuitive spending energy so that you have more energy. But, it works.
However, the problem started when we had our second. Working out began to take a back seat, and my energy levels started to flounder. So looking for ways to garner the energy within has always been first on my list. I want to be able to keep up with my kids but not at the expense of all the added sugar that energy drinks put into your system. And as much as it pains me to say this, coffee can only do so much, and after a certain point in the day, its effects wear off.
And here is another thing I’ve learned just from my brief time as a stay-at-home-dad, Ramen Noodles are not a good way to keep your energy levels up… trust me.
So finding different ways to keep my energy levels up has always been a challenge. Lately, I’ve been hearing about all of the added benefits of bringing more protein into your diet. Many people use it as a way to help your muscles recover after a workout, but I noticed that the moment I added in more protein, my energy levels went up. More importantly, it made me feel full longer so I wouldn’t head to the snack machine. Suddenly, running across the house 3, 4, 7, 20 times a day didn’t seem so daunting. In fact, it gave me the great idea of finding ways to bring in my kids to my workout routine.
Most of the time I would have a granola bar with my lunch. For the most part, it was your typical granola bar. There wasn’t anything special about it. But then I came across these PowerBar Clean Whey protein bars, and it was a great way to add in another 20 grams of protein into my diet on a daily basis (39% daily value). Not only did it keep my energy levels up with my kids, but during my workouts, I started to feel that I could either run longer or do one more rep of my baby bench press. Not only could you just add them to your meals but you could use them as meal replacement bars. There were times I was just running out the door without time to make my lunch, and I grabbed one of these bars, and it made for a great lunch that would keep me away from the vending machines.
It is a no brainer for me that I’ll be keeping these bars in my daily lunch when I walk out the door. They are not only tasty and come in 5 delicious flavors, and it’s an easy way to keep up on a day-to-day basis… whether your workout involves your kids or not.
Disclosure: PowerBar both paid and provided me with their delicious new clean whey protein bars however the thoughts and opinion are my own.