Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Planting Seeds

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."  
                                                   --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Every year is a fresh beginning.  For those already on a healthy path, each new year is an opportunity to keep improving our focus on what is important.  Each day is the gift of life! 

New Year’s resolutions often involve eating less, eating better, and exercising more.  This year, Wellness Wednesdays will bring you inspirations, tips, resources, and recipes to help you make this year your best year. As parents, we have a responsibility to give our children the best possible life.  Growing Healthy Kids is taking you along on our adventures to meet farmers and chefs PLUS our adventures with wonderful children.  We promise to inspire you to prepare your own delicious, healthy, and economical meals for your own family.  

We are planting seeds and growing healthy kids.  The team at Growing Healthy Kids remains 100% committed to our mission to prevent, halt, and reduce childhood obesity and obesity-related diseases.   All children deserve access to healthy foods and outdoor playtime. Watch us grow!  

When children know where food comes from, they learn to respect what they eat and make better choices.  When parents understand why children need access to foods that are organic and chemical-free that do not contain added and processed sugars, they change their shopping habits. 

People often tell me they think it is expensive to eat healthy foods.  Having cancer, diabetes, alzheimer's or a stroke is a lot more expensive.   Choose to eat the best foods you can afford to buy.  Seek out your local farmers and buy locally grown foods.  Your children will thank you in 20 years.

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Here is a recipe for Veggie Tots I have adapted from a recipe by Layla Atik in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of RELISH from www.communitytable.com.

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Veggie Tots

Ingredients

·         1 (12-oz) bag frozen broccoli and cauliflower blend
·         1 egg
·         ¼ cup diced sweet onion
·         ⅓ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
·         ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs
·         ⅓ cup dry Italian-style breadcrumbs
·         1 Tablespoon chopped parsley (or substitute dried parsley)
·        1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional)
·         ½ tsp sea salt
·         ½ tsp pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

1.     Steam vegetables according to package directions. Chop finely, using a potato masher or pulsing in a food processor. In a bowl, mix vegetables with egg, onion, cheese, panko, Italian breadcrumbs, parsley, turmeric, salt and pepper.
2.     Using your hands, make tots using 1 tablespoon mixture for each. Place on pan. Bake 18 to 24 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.
With love and gratitude,
Nancy L. Heinrich, MPH

Founder, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.