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A Simple Way To Healthy Up

Recently I saw a great conversion chart that showed you how to use Chobani greek yogurt to replace some of the fattening ingredients in recipes. I can’t wait to be able to replace things like oil, sour cream, etc. when I’m cooking.

Here’s the conversion for those wondering:

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Want to print out a copy and hang on your fridge? Click HERE.

They also have some FANTASTIC recipes on the site.

I can’t wait to make these Mixed Berry FroCHO Pops. They look so cool and creamy and refreshing for the summer.

Have you experimented with greek yogurt? What recipes have you made? We’d love to hear

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Healthy Eating For Kids: Balanced Diet

Taken from dietihub.com

Nowadays with both the spouses working home cooked meals are very hard to prepare,being adults you can watch your dieteat healthy and see to it that they get enough nutrition in them.

But families with kids face the wrath of wrong diet and due to the busy schedule of their parents their staple diet mainly consists of pizza, hot dogs, burgers and many other readily available, ready-to-eat food that has almost no nutritional value and cause health problems as they grow up.

Children’s diet needs to be healthy, tasty and mainly has to appeal all their senses, because as the rule goes what tastes nice needn’t be healthy for you and vice versa.

Children eventually will get addicted to the junk food and suffer from obesity. Your child’s food should be loaded with ample amount of fiber, calcium and iron and should be low in fat and calories. Here are few dietary musts that should be included in your child’s diet.

• Milk

As your child grows up milk is replaced with sodas, juices and other drinks which have 0% of calcium in it. You have to see to it that your child consumes at least two glasses of milk a day, unless he or she is lactose intolerant.Our body requires milk for calcium, protein and Vitamin D. Low fat milk is healthier and preferred.

• Vegetables

Cook them well or serve them raw, vegetables is a must have in every child’s diet. Do not force your child to eat them, instead cook them to suit your child’s tastes and preferences. Potatoes, carrots, beans, corn etc are the favourites of most children and baking them or cooking them well will help your child consume them without too much fuss. Introduce vegetables in your child’s diet, in form of main dishes or salads from a young age itself so that he gets accustomed to the taste.

• Eggs

Eggs have good amount of proteins that is essential in providing the body with essential amino acids, along with various minerals and vitamins A,D and E. Cook the egg well – scrambled, sunny side up, omelette etc. Egg  also contains choline, that is good for the development of their brains.

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Parents Might Not Have Much Influence Over Kids Food Choices

Ut oh! The LA Times recently ran an article which states that parents don’t have that much influence over their kids eating habits. How is this possible? I know we spend a lot of time here discussing healthy food choices, making food appealing and the effects food choices have on kids. I’ve got to hope that the good we’re doing now, while they are still young, will benefit is down the line when TV, internet and friends become a larger influence in their lives.

Taken from LA Times.com. By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times. December 8, 2010, 1:35 p.m.

Parents are instructed to cook healthful foods, hold regular mealtimes and limit snacking in order to raise healthy, normal-weight children. Certainly parental influence — and the examples parents set — matters. But a new study suggests that parents are fighting many other forces in trying to help their children eat healthful diets.

A study published Wednesday reviewed 24 studies on parents’ influence on their children’s eating habits. The studies covered populations around the world from 1980 to 2009. The authors, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, found that parental influence appeared to have grown weaker over time. Parent-child correlations regarding caloric intake and fat consumption are weaker in the United States compared with other countries.

The lack of parental influence “is likely because young people’s eating patterns are influenced by many complex factors, and the family environment plays only a partial role,” said Dr. Youfa Wang, the lead author of the study. “More attention should be given to the influence of the other players on children’s eating patterns, such as that of schools, the local food environment and peer influence, government guidelines and policies that regulate school meals, and the broader food environment that is influenced by food production, distribution and advertising.”

The study appears in the December issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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First Lady Urges Passing of Nutrition Bill

Last spring, a class of fifth-grade students from Bancroft Elementary School in the District descended on the South Lawn of the White House to help us dig, mulch, water and plant our very first kitchen garden. In the months that followed, those same students came back to check on the garden’s progress and taste the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. Together, they helped us spark a national conversation about the role that food plays in helping us all live healthy lives.

For years our nation has been struggling with an epidemic of childhood obesity. We’ve all heard the statistics: how one in three children in this country are either overweight or obese, with even higher rates among African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. We know that one in three kids will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. We’ve seen the cost to our economy — how we’re spending almost $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions. And we know that if we don’t act now, those costs will just keep rising.

None of us wants that future for our children or our country. That’s the idea behind “Let’s Move!” — a nationwide campaign started this year with a single and very ambitious goal: solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, so kids born today can reach adulthood at a healthy weight.

“Let’s Move!” is helping parents get the tools they need to keep their families healthy and fit. It’s helping grocery stores serve communities that don’t have access to fresh foods. And it’s finding new ways to help America’s children stay physically active.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: The Washington Post.

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Get Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Do you have a veggie phobe in your house? Another mommy blogger has these ideas and tips to share. Maybe one will work for you! Good luck.

How To Get Kids To Eat Their Vegetables
1. Get Them Involved
Kids love helping and they are more likely to eat something when they’ve had a part in preparing it. My son loves grocery shopping. We let him touch and smell all the vegetables and tell them what they are. Of course it takes forever to get it done and sometimes we have to buy something not on the list, but it is all worthwhile because he enjoys it. He gets excited when I tell him what is in his dinner and he remembers helping to shop for it.
When your kids get order give them tasks like being in charge of the shopping list while you are at the store and “remind” you what needs to be bought. Give them their own shopping list, flashcards or even a game to play while at the shops.

Whenever possible let your children help prepare a meal with you. Kids as young as toddlers can also help. They can spin the salad spinner or rip lettuce leaves, mix whatever is in the bowl and add the ingredients to it and stir. As they get older they can even help with meal planning and perhaps cook something themselves (with assistance from you of course).

2. Make Vegetables Fun
Play with felt or wooden vegetables, make fruit and vegetable portraits or stamp with vegetables. Play with a touchy feely bag full of vegetables and have a taste test. Start a garden and let them help plant and take care of the vegetables. If having a garden is out of the question why not make a vegetable garden pillow or a felt one that they can play with? Make crafts and read books about vegetables. The key here is creating positive memories with vegetables from a young age.

1. Making Vegetable Portraits

2. Veggie Crafts, Activities & Printables

3. Taste Test

4. Books on Vegetables

5. Crafts, Activities & Printables for preschoolers

6. Vegetable Stamp Painting

7. Vegetable Printables

8. BINGO

9. Wooden Vegetables

10. Vegetable Garden Floor Pillow

11. Veggie Feely Bag

12. Vegetable Felt Board Pieces

13. Pretend Play Farm

14. Felt Vegetables

15. Sew Can Do Garden

3. Use Creative Presentation
Make ants on a log, serve vegetable pizza or add cheese, herbs and spices. Make cracker faces or serve veggies in a muffin tin meal or in a bento box. For older kids you can draw faces and pictures onto a plate and decorate the plate with your meal. Have kabobs or stir frys. Serve with dips, cheese, salsa or hidden vegetable sauce. Make vegetable “sushi”. Give them V8 juice instead of fruit juice. Serving any type of food in a creative way and changing it up often is a sure fire way to intrigue their curiosity!

4. Hide or Disguise Them
It’s amazing how many vegetables you can hide in tomato sauce, sloppy joes, soup, casseroles and muffins. You can mix fruit and veggies together and put them in fruit smoothies and even make them into popsicles. Although I don’t believe in hiding vegetables ALL the time sometimes it is necessary.

1. Vegetable Balls

2. Asparagus & Corn Fritters

3. Sweet Potato Pizzas

4. Beetroot Dip

5. Veggie Shots

6. Hidden Vegetable Sauce

7. Beet Smoothies

8. Cinnamon Butternut Squash Muffins

9. Cream of Califlower Soup & Carrot, Zucchini Muffins

10. Veggie Pancakes

5. Be Patient
Although it is frustrating when kids don’t eat their vegetables it is a good idea to NEVER force them into it. Kids are more likely to remember the one time you tried to force them into eating their vegetables then the few other times they might have tried them and perhaps even liked them. So change it up, offer a variety and try new vegetables that you’ve never tried before. Keep offering them even if they don’t want to eat it. And most of all be a good role model and eat them yourself. If you show your kids that you enjoy vegetables and give them reasons why, eventually they will too.

Here’s some great recipe books for some more inspiration:

1. The Great Big Vegetable Challenge

2. Deceptively Delicious

3. The Sneaky Chef

Taken from My Delicious Ambiguity blog.

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Move It Morris Day

Move it Morris Day® is a FREE (and fun!) community event that celebrates healthy living and inspires local communities to live at their best. Morris Area Wellness Partnership, in collaboration with the Morris County Park Commission, produces this annual event to promote various health and wellness programs and resources available throughout Morris County, NJ that aid in the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity.

Join us for our third annual “Move it Morris Day” on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Loantaka Brook Reservation from 11am-3pm rain or shine!

For park directions click HERE


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