9/2/14

Helping Our Kids Be Healthy



 One in 3 children in the U.S. is overweight or obese.  This puts them at risk for health problems that have, up until recently have been only associated with adults, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  But have hope!  Childhood obesity can be prevented.  We want to help kids eat healthier!   Prevention can come in small steps, such as keeping fresh fruit within reach or going for family walks.  Serve snacks in a bowl or on a plate instead of letting kids snack directly out of the bag or box.   Better yet, have some easy to prepare snacks on hand.  To get you started, here’s an easy recipe for a peanut butter dip that goes great with apples or graham crackers.

All you need is nonfat, plain Greek yogurt, honey and peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice).  Stir it all together in a small bowl.


Serve it in a dish with a side of apples, graham crackers, or both. 
 
 
 
I barely got this served before the kids dove in and gobbled this up!



 


Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
 3 Tbsp. Honey
3 Tbsp. Peanut butter
3/4 c. or 6 oz.  Nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
Apple, sliced
Graham crakers

1.  Place honey, peanut butter, and yogurt in a small bowl.  Stir until well combined. 
2.  Serve with sliced apples and/or graham crackers.


Need more ideas?  Try some of these easy snacks:

1.      Blend low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty seconds to make a delicious smoothie.
2.      Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat Greek yogurt and peaches.
3.      Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.
4.      Mix together toasted oat cereal, dried fruit and nuts for a ready-to-go trail mix.
5.      Spread peanut or almond butter on apple slices.
6.      Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks for some mini kabobs.
7.      Mix together low-fat cream cheese, mixed dried fruit bits and shelled sunflower seeds.  Spread on a toasted whole grain English muffin.
8.      Dip baby carrots in hummus.
9.      Fill an ice cream cone with cut-up fruit and top with low fat yogurt.
10.  Mix peanut butter and puffed rice cereal together.  Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers. 


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