Next Level Oct 2017

Do Kids’ Menus Do More Harm Than Good? Kids can be picky eaters. This is a fact recognized by parents and restaurants alike—hence the classic children’s menu featured at many restaurants around the country. These menus are virtually identical: chicken tenders, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, french fries, and so on. Kids’ menus are loaded with fried foods and cheap carbs.

down to control. By giving kids the option of the children’s menu, you relinquish culinary control to your kids. The next time you go out as a family or youmake a delicious meal at home, they are more likely to demand “their” food. This is a habit a child can quickly adopt —and a habit that’s tough to break. Kids are picky eaters because, as parents and adults, we let thembe picky eaters. We perpetuate bad habits. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In a article, Dr. Cara Natterson suggests kids eat what the rest of the family eats. For instance, let them indulge in the appetizer menu, then build up to the entrée menu and let them share and sample your food. Encourage culinary exploration. When you encourage your kids to avoid the children’s menu, you give them an opportunity to expand their flavor horizons. More importantly, it helps themmake healthier choices that aren’t loaded with fat and empty carbs. Make going out to dinner a learning experience, and before you know it, the phrase “kids’ menu” will have disappeared from your family’s vocabulary.

Some parents love the kids’ menu. It makes deciding on food easier. Or, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. Kids’ menus are populated with foods practically every kid loves. But they have a dark side. Aside frompoor nutrition, the kids’ menu changes the family dynamic. In an interviewwith, television chef and host Alton Brown (who you may know from “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America,” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”) said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever let your kid eat from the children’s menu at restaurants and never, ever, ever make your kid special food to allow them to avoid whatever the family is eating.”

Why? During his “Alton Brown Live!” tour, he explained that it comes


The teamat Next Level Tumbling is pleased to introduce our athlete of themonth: Mattie Sherrill!

Society, Peer Helpers, and the Key Club, Mattie wears many academic hats. She is also the Vice President of Project Outreach at Spanish Fort High School and a

member of the Red Shoe Krewe, which is a volunteer group for the RonaldMcDonald House that assists parents and families when their child is hospitalized for long periods of time. Not only that, but Mattie is also amember of Life Teen at Christ the King. This summer, she volunteeredwith Habitat for Humanity and the American AutismCenter. Mattie has not decidedwhere she would like to attend college, but her top three schools of choice are Auburn, Troy, and Florida State. She hopes to study kinesiology and become an occupational therapist or to study biomedical sciences with hopes of eventually attendingmedical school. In addition to school and cheer, Mattie will be competing in the Distinguished YoungWomen pageant later this year. Her talent portionwill incorporate all of her athleticism—dancing, tumbling, and flag twirling— into one routine. Her song of choice: “It’s the Hard-Knock Life.”We wishMattie all the luck in the world, andwe know she will do great things in her future!

This August, Mattie started her senior year at Spanish Fort High School. Not

only is she a varsity cheerleader, Mattie was also chosen as an All-American Cheerleader at camp this summer. As a result, she will be traveling to London to cheer in a parade later this year.

As amember of the color guard, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta (amath honor society), National Spanish Honor


Falling Is Inevitable in Tumbling Learn How to Fall Properly and Avoid Injury While being physically tough is important to any athlete’s performance, mental toughness is just as crucial. In tumbling, mental toughness means absorb the impact of a fall over a greater area of their body, which greatly reduces the chance of injury or pain.

Safety rolls, also known as recovery rolls, are performed when an athlete is off balance. The athlete should roll in the direction they are traveling and resist the body’s natural tendency to stop their forward momentum. When we teach kids to fall, we ask them to

focusing on the present and not being afraid to fall. The best way for an athlete to overcome their fear of falling is to learn how to fall.

make fists with their hands, pull their arms in toward their body and across their chest,

Falls are common in any gymnastics, tumbling, or cheer

environment, especially as athletes

learn new skills. Unfortunately, falls can have negative effects on future performance, and fear can potentially lead to mental blocks. However, it’s important for athletes to understand that learning a new skill involves messing up time and time again. Knowing how to fall, then, becomes the key to an athlete’s confidence and willingness to learn new skills and improve.

and roll in a tucked position. If practiced enough, recovery rolls will become an athlete’s instinctual reaction to falling.

Tumbling falls are inevitable, but that does not mean an athlete should be afraid to fall. With proper technique and watchful coaches, your athlete will learn how to properly fall to avoid injury and maintain the drive to improve.

Teaching an athlete how to fall properly can be done through demonstrations and by practicing safety rolls. Safety rolls allow athletes to

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

STUFFED Jack-O-LanternBell Peppers

Meme Corner

Recipe courtesy of


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6 bell peppers, any color 1 pound ground beef

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2 cloves garlic, minced

(Recipe courtesy of 1/2 cup chili sauce

1 egg

1/4 cup prepared yellowmustard

4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed 1 small onion, chopped 1 small tomato, diced

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

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1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8-by-8-inch baking dish. 2. Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 3. Wash peppers and cut jack-o’-lantern faces into peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses and pointy teeth smiles. Slice off tops of peppers and scoop out seeds and cores. Stuff peppers lightly with beef stuffing and place into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other. 4. Bake in the preheated oven until peppers are tender and stuffing is cooked through and juicy, for about 1 hour.




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