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Education, Nutrition
We had such a great time with registered dietitian Sari Greaves, author of Cooking Well Healthy Kids: Easy Meals for Happy Toddlers at our class Saturday. She gave us key tips to build a balanced diet and showed us how to prepare two of the delicious recipes from her book.  Weren't able to attend? You're in luck--we've got the recipes we made together and key points from the presentation below:     Healthy Eating Tips for Parents:
  • Make sure half your plate is comprised of fruits and vegetables.
  • Focus on whole fruits.
  • Vary your veggies--eat the rainbow!
  • Make sure half of your grains are whole grains.
  • Choose low-fat and fat-free milk or yogurt (and be mindful of the sugar content).
  • Vary your protein routine.
  • Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.
Recipe #1: Cocoa Wake Up Smoothie  Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 8 ounces low fat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 4-6 ice cubes
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender, cover, and whip until smooth.    Recipe #2: Better Cheddar Grilled Cheese  Ingredients:
  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fruit preserves, any flavor (we used blueberry)
  • 1 slice of organic cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 pear, thinly sliced
Directions:
  1. Brush one side of each slice of bread lightly with olive oil.
  2. Turn the bread over and spread one slice with fruit preserves; top with cheese and pear, then add remaining bread slice, oiled side up.
  3. Lightly coat a griddle or large skillet with cooking spray or a healthy oil. Preheat over medium heat.
  4. Add sandwich and cook for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted, turning once to brown both sides.

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