If your children (or you) are craving a sweet taste, let them help make a snack. Using a graham cracker as a base, spread on some nonfat cream cheese. Next, swirl in some sugar-free strawberry jam, and top with chopped fresh fruit– strawberries, blue berries, and bananas. Kids also enjoy fixing a salad that suits their individual tastes. Grandson D’mitri jazzes his up with raw trail mix. Little Roxy (age 3) likes to build people with carrot sticks, sliced strawberries, apple slices, cried cranberries, raisins, and fat free cream cheese– good enough to eat?
First Lady Michelle Obama is taking on the epidemic of childhood obesity and calls her campaign, “Let’s Move.” She tells of a time when she was a working mom (lawyer) and too often relied on fast food and pizza to feed Sasha and Malia. When the girls put on pounds, their family doctor mentioned the word, chubby. To address the problem, Obama took on a balanced approach and simply altered eating habits (with more fruits, vegetables, and smaller portions) and exercised more.
Michelle Obama’s honesty warms my heart. Maybe we will be seeing photo shots of Shasha and Malia eating green beans, carrots, asparagus, and broccoli but probably not Brussels Sprouts! I’ll bet they’re out playing in the snow! The figures fueling the first lady’s campaign are horrifying. Childhood obesity has tripled since 1980. A third of American children are overweight or obese. A study from Center for Disease Control and Prevention calculates that this targeted group will develop type 2 diabetes (which is closely related to being overweight) along with high blood pressure, and heart disease.