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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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Exclusive: USDA to Announce Healthier New School Lunch Guidelines

Taken from ABCNews/Health

Later today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce the first new school lunch guidelines in 15 years.

In that time, childhood obesity rates in this country have risen yet more.

The Academy for Global Citizenship, a school in Chicago, is one of about a thousand schools that have already adopted the food of the future.

“We serve only whole grains and fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. Things like quinoa, as you mentioned, and kamut and millet,” said Sarah Elizabeth Ippel founder and Executive Director of the school. “Positive nutrition is essential and a very integral component to effective learning.”

Here’s an example of a current school lunch:

Breaded beef patty on a roll
Fruit popsicle
Low-fat milk

And here’s what a meal might look like under the new rules:

Baked fish nuggets
Whole wheat roll
Mashed potatoes
Broccoli
Peaches
Skim milk

“The more we can reinforce the right set of choices and encourage the right set of choices, the greater the chances are that we will get a handle on obesity,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack told “Good Morning America.”

The underlying requirements are based on an Institute of Medicine study: reduce saturated fat, sugar and sodium. Increase whole grains. Serve both fruits and vegetables daily. And, for the first time, set maximum calorie counts in addition to minimum ones.

“This doesn’t mean that we are going to eliminate treats, not at all. But it is a circumstance, situation where treats have a special meaning, a special occasion, a special circumstance that we celebrate with a treat,” Vilsack added.

Children consume more than half of their calories at school.

“Schools are supposed to set an example of many, many values of society and one of them ought to be eating well,” said Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at NYU and the author of “What to Eat”. “The schools that I’ve been in that have the best school lunch programs work with the kids very closely on how the foods taste, get the kids involved in cooking, talk about where the food comes from and make the school lunch program part of the whole educational program. ”

The Academy for Global Citizenship is a public charter school that serves school meals that already meet these new USDA standards.

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Top 5 Healthy Habits For Kids

We’ve all come to learn as grown-ups (apparently nobody did this when we were kids??) that it’s best to sneeze or cough into your elbow or arm. Much better than sneezing on your hand and then touching a million things or shaking a hand. ICK!

The lovely folks at What To Expect website (yes, the same as the series of books) have offered 5 great things we should be doing to stay healthy. Hopefully they’ll all become good healthy habits for 2011!

Taken from WhatToExpect.com

There are good habits and bad habits, but these five healthy ones are keepers!

You do all you can think of to prevent your child from coming down with a cold or an upset tummy — from feeding her balanced meals to scrubbing the floors she plays on. But that’s only half the battle: She has to learn how to keep herself healthy. And there’s plenty of lessons to teach her: Start by explaining that germs are responsible for the yucky feeling she gets when she’s sick. Then instruct her on healthy habits. You’ll have to demonstrate these hygiene lessons over and over, but pretty soon she’ll be able to grasp them — and follow through on them (at least most of the time!). So what are the most important lessons to start with? The top-five healthy habits for children are:

HEALTHY HABIT #1: Give Hands a Good Scrub
Hand washing tops the list of healthy habits children should learn for one simple reason: Doing it often — and doing it right — can reduce the number of colds, flu, and other infections children get by 50 percent! That’s a lot of sore throats, runny noses, and just-plain-ickiness a child can avoid simply by stepping up to the sink, especially at key times: before eating or heading to the playroom with a friend (this will keep germs on shared toys to a minimum), after coming in from playing outside, and after sneezing, coughing, petting an animal, or using the potty.

What’s more, even a baby can start to pick up on this all-important healthy habit — by watching as you wipe off her hands (do it frequently; according to some research, crawling babies handle and mouth the random stuff they find lying around more than 80 times per hour); and then, when she’s old enough to follow simple directions, by mastering these hand-washing how-tos:

  1. Use warm water and soap.
  2. Make lots and lots of suds; bubbles trap germs.
  3. Scrub for at least 20 seconds — about the time it takes to sing the ABC song or “Happy Birthday” twice through (at normal — not breakneck! — speed).
  4. Rub fronts and backs of hands, and between every little finger: Friction is as important as soap and water for getting little mitts clean.
  5. Rinse thoroughly, so that every single germ goes down the drain.
  6. Dry hands on a clean towel.

HEALTHY HABIT #2: Do the “Sleeve Sneeze”
What’s next on the list of healthy habits for children? When your kid feels an “achoo” coming on and there’s no tissue in sight, show him how to let loose into the inside of his elbow, rather than into his hand or the air. This way germs won’t wind up on his fingers — 80 percent of germs are transferred through touch — or spewed out into the air. This healthy habit applies to coughs as well — and to you too, so be a good role model whenever you sneeze sans tissues.

HEALTHY HABIT #3: Toss That Tissue!
Once your child has mastered the fine art of nose-blowing, get her into the habit of disposing of dirty tissues right away, rather than leaving them lying around on a table or the floor: Some bacteria and viruses can live for two hours or more outside the body, so getting rid of tissues is another healthy habit for children to learn. Make sure there’s a trash can in every room your child spends time in or teach her to flush yucky tissues down the toilet.

HEALTHY HABIT #4: Don’t Share
Certain items can harbor germs and other icky things, so your child will have to learn that some things are not meant to be shared. Explain to your child that while it’s nice to let pals play with toys, there are things he should keep to himself — namely combs, brushes, and hats (sharing these items is the number-one way lice spread from kid to kid); toothbrushes; cups, forks, and drinking straws; whistles, horns, and other objects you put your mouth on (good luck with that one!); and, of course, tissues.

HEALTHY HABIT #5: Flush and Flee
Now for some potty talk: While it’s tempting for a child (particularly a toddler who’s in the middle of toilet training) to want to watch the precious products of her efforts swirl away, it’s not such a great idea to encourage her to do this. With every flush, droplets of water containing minute particles of whatever was just deposited (yes, that means pee, poop, or vomit) spew into the air. Not only could this geyser of germs land directly on your kid, it could settle on nearby surfaces. So if you want your children to pick up this particular healthy habit, show them how to put down the lid (carefully, of course — a mashed finger isn’t any more fun than a tummy ache that can result from the type of bacteria lurking in the toilet.).

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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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25 Healthy Days Of Christmas

Saw this on a Twitter post. Thought there was some good points/reminders we can all remember this holiday season. For example, washing hands for 20 seconds. Sing “jingle bells” while you are doing it to make it more fun. Or Day 5, watch your portions by serving your meals on salad plates (which used to be the size of dinner plates 20+ years ago).

Enjoy. And thanks to www.nourishinteractive.com for this download and free printable.

25 Healthy Days to Christmas

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My Favorite Blogs: Weelicious

I first read about Weelicious in a magazine and have been following her ever since. A couple years now, at least. And let me tell you, this lady is going places! I know she’s going to have her own TV show one day…just you wait and see.

The basis of her website is the provide you with healthy recipes for your family. She creates them in her home kitchen and her taste testers are her husband, son and baby daughter. If they don’t like it, you don’t hear about it.

I’ve posted a few of her recipes on this blog here and there. But she’s really worth bookmarking on your own and checking in on. She’s also on Facebook too. Enjoy!

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