I was glad the mother came to the class, silently thinking, "Now she can model good behaviors for her daughter." The girl played on the grass as we did our power hour of crunches, stretches and running. The next week, the girl came again with her mom. While her mom brought water for herself, I couldn’t help but notice that the girl’s snacks consisted of a bottle of soda and a bag of Oreos cookies. Really??
There is a strong connection between all the added sugars in processed foods and drinks and the unprescedented rise in childhood obesity in the U.S. Reversing childhood obesity requires conscious work to increase awareness among adults. So, here are a few questions to consider:
- Water flavored with lemons or limes (this is ALWAYS a big hit in our "Growing Healthy Kids in the Kitchen" classes)
- 10 grapes (try washing and freezing them for a really amazing treat!)
- A small apple and some whole grain crackers
- Hummus (so easy to make*) with celery and carrots
- Whole grain crackers (Triscuits are great) and a couple of slices of cheese
- Walnuts and craisins
Remember, "your playing small does not serve the world". Manifest the glory of God. Be a role model for others, especially your children, if you are a parent. Make good choices about food. Eat well. Laugh often. Health is our greatest wealth. It really is.
PS -- Thanks to my friend Beth (www.bethwe.com) for reading Marianne Williamson's words on her radio show this week. I have always been inspired by these words, ever since my friend Donna Vernon shared them with me. When I heard Beth read them, I was driving and thinking of a quote to use in this week's article and realized that if I shared them with you, you may also be inspired!
*For more healthy ideas for the kids (and you), get your copy of Nourish and Flourish (go to upper right corner). It contains the favorite hummus recipe from our Growing Healthy Kids in the Kitchen classes.