Grocery Shopping with Child

It’s the dreaded trip to the supermarket. Most of us try to avoid dragging the kids down the aisles; preferring to dart in and out during moments alone. Although it takes more work and time, the grocery store can be a great tool to teach kids how to make healthy choices.

Here are five ideas to get you started:

  1. Plan Ahead – Let kids help you plan meals for the week. Give them some healthy ideas and let them decide on the menu. They will take pride and ownership in selecting these ingredients at the store. Remember to write down all of the ingredients needed for each meal.
  2. Make it a game – Before you go, talk about how you want to see the shopping cart full of healthy foods. Download and print your OrganWise Grocery Shopping List for the kids, add the healthy foods you have brainstormed, and let them check off as they go.
  3. Experiment with new produce – Grocery stores typically have an assortment of fruits or vegetables that kids have never tried. So if that mango isn’t on your list, but the kids seem intrigued, buy one for them to taste test when you get home from the market!
  4. Show them the labels – Kids don’t need to know what everything on a label means, but they can start to grasp why 350 grams of sugar in their breakfast cereal is a bad choice.
  5. Find healthy treats  Purchase ingredients to explore some new treats such as a healthy banana split, a Greek yogurt parfait filled with berries and low-fat granola, or this stone fruit parfait!

Next time, instead of dreading a trip to the grocery store with kids, try these fun ideas to engage them and more than likely they will be better behaved than you thought they could be! Happy Shopping!

Hardy Memorial DayToday is Memorial Day, a day where we recognize those that have fought for our country’s freedom. We here at The OrganWise Guys want to thank those who have served in the military, as well as their families who share their loved one’s courage and bravery with all of us. So thank you from all of us, we hope you continue to stay safe and healthy!

Make sure and download the coloring sheet today with Hardy and the gang proudly carrying the American Flag. Let the kiddos have a coloring contest as part of your festivities! Oh, and Memorial Day is a great time to have your kids thank a service member and teach them to do so anytime they come into contact with one … it’s a great thing for kids to learn at a young age!

 

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It’s Memorial Day weekend! The “unofficial” kick off summer is here and certainly you have some sort of outdoor plans involving food, family, and friends. Are you looking for a tasty recipe to serve up at your get together? Try these festive Memorial Day popsicles for your perfect warm weather treat! Made with only three ingredients, not only are these desserts simple to create, they are also healthy and full of nutrition. The berries provide antioxidants and the Greek yogurt is packed with calcium and protein. Kids and adults alike will love these delicious and refreshing treats!

 

Memorial Day Popsicles

Ingredients

1 6 oz. package of fresh raspberries

1 6 oz. package of fresh blueberries

1 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

Directions

Wash the berries. Use a blender to blend the raspberries until smooth, then set aside. Next, use the lowest blender setting to crush the blueberries (large chunks should remain). Fill the popsicle mold with the berries and yogurt. To get a red white and blue effect, pour the raspberry mixture into the mold until it is one third full, then use a spoon to add the Greek yogurt to the next third, then pour the blueberry mixture into the last third. Freeze the popsicle molds for 4 hours. To remove the popsicles from their molds, run them under hot water for 10-15 seconds. Serve at your Memorial Day barbeque or by the pool!

Makes 4 popsicles

Build-a-Better-Burger

We love having Produce for KidsBuild a Better Burger on our blog! Today they are here with a fun way to get kids involved in the burger-building process. Here’s to healthy burgers!

Summer is here and Memorial Day and Fourth of July is right around the corner! Grilling out burgers is a must for any summer cookout and definitely a family favorite in my household. Check out this handy infographic for building a better burger and let kids pick their own toppings! Or you can create a burger bar for a fun, themed cookout!

Don’t be afraid to get creative! One of my favorite things to do is to swap out some of the meat in our burgers for fresh veggies like mushrooms, onions and peppers. They keep burgers moist and add nutrition. Or try making homemade veggie burgers, like these Very Veggie Burgers!

 

This post originally appeared on the Produce for Kids Blog.

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I love Memorial Day for so many different reasons. It gives us a dedicated day to remember those that gave their lives while serving our country. We have the opportunity to share our feeling, pride, respect and honor for those that gave it all.

How fitting is it that while celebrating our fallen soldiers, we are also celebrating the beginning of summer. The days where we are free to enjoy the sand between our toes, splashing around in the pool, and juicy watermelon during a summer picnic. It’s because of our soldiers that we have the freedom to enjoy such carefree and joy filled weeks during the time while school is out.

Like other holidays, I encourage you to use Memorial Day as another opportunity to promote healthy behaviors within your family. Look for ways to put a healthy spin on your favorite picnic foods. Revel in the delicious in-season fruits and vegetables. Initiate a backyard family game of kickball, tag, or catch. Bring out the sprinkler or the chalk and have kids create their own games in your driveway or yard. With the warm weather and the long days, the possibilities are almost endless.

And keep this is mind as we are talking about healthy behaviors during our Memorial Day festivities; excessive weight and body fat are now the number one reason potential new recruits are disqualified from serving in the military. With nearly one-quarter of applicants disqualified for this reason each year, obesity is officially our top national security threat. Military leaders emphasize that today’s high levels of obesity among children present challenges in recruiting tomorrow’s military.

So, in a sense, by ensuring your child has healthy role models, access to healthy food, and plenty of opportunities to be physically active this Memorial Day, you are doing your part to help guarantee our country has the best, brightest, and healthiest military possible.

Enjoy that Memorial Day Family Fun!

 

 

Tosmall MGriffin headshot copyday we feature OWG guest blogger and childhood obesity consultant, Melodie Griffin. Melodie’s passion lies in the prevention of childhood obesity through the school and early learning settings. All programs Melodie promotes are fully approved by her home based lab rats, five year old son, Howie, and two year old daughter, Hope. You can connect with Melodie on her Facebook page, WellConnect LLC.

 

 

Calci M. Bone Healthy party food These days there is always something to celebrate! Whether it be birthdays or holidays or even silly observances, there is always a reason to unite with food typically being the focus of the celebration. Parties don’t always have to be unhealthy. In fact, you can even make it fun by creating healthy party food for kids. Calci M. Bone is very excited to share her healthy party food idea with kids. Make sure to download the coloring sheet and activity sheet today for kids to get involved in the healthy party scene. Start the trend of creating healthy parties for kids! The OrganWise Guys will certainly support this movement.

 

 

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by Maria White

It’s been two months since my last post-baby fitness update. As I previously mentioned, I began an 8-week strength training workout twice a week. I’m happy to say I just completed those 8 weeks and even added a couple boot camp classes on top of the strength training to start getting some cardio in. Unfortunately, I hit a road block as I discovered a bump on my achilles tendon and started having some pain as well, which led to an MRI and a non-conclusive diagnosis. Needless to say it’s been an unwanted setback, but if you can tell by the pictures below, it has forced me to focus even more on the foods I am eating, since my workouts are not exactly where I want them to be at this point.
Here are some helpful tips that kept me on track with my food:

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Drink water first thing in the morning – This is something I like to do to fill me up first thing in the morning. Plus, it’s great to flush your body with water after sleeping each night. It’s the perfect healthy habit to get into.

Have a daily smoothie – The easiest way to get in some fruits and veggies for the day is through a smoothie. I’ve made sure to blend up my favorite mix (frozen strawberries, one whole banana, a cup of water, and spinach) each morning. Get a single serve blender to make your life easier, too. Green smoothies may not always look appealing, but they really taste great! I find myself looking forward to them.

Prepare food ahead of time – I’ve probably recommended this tip each update, but it really is the one that is most important in keeping me on track. This month I stepped it up by packaging each lunch and dinner ahead of time. My husband grilled out chicken (extra crisp per my request), steamed some rice and veggies and then portioned them out into little containers. These are so easy to just grab and go and really makes it easy to eat that healthy meal when it’s all ready for you.

Eat healthy at restaurants – Meals out are inevitable. These days, with three small kids, Chick Fil A is one of the few restaurants we attempt to take the kids to, and fortunately they have some healthy choices, as you can see in the picture above. A small bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit and granola, a little cup of fruit and a small coffee is a great pick if you must eat out. Simply try and make the best choices when you eat out, or just make it a habit to eat half of the portion that you are served.

While, I’ve been a little discouraged about the workout situation, the nutrition plays such an important role in getting healthy and fit, so I’ve been excited to get myself into some daily habits that have really been working. I am down another 3 pounds and am about 8 pounds away from my pre-baby weight. I just have to keep reminding myself it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

*There was no compensation for the services mentioned in this post. They reflect my own personal opinions and do not have any affiliation with The OrganWise Guys Inc.  

 

Childhood obesity is a hot topic in the news all over the world these days. Sedentary lifestyles and the convenience and abundance of fast food seem to be the culprit. Less movement and poor food choices lead to childhood obesity and ultimately other very serious health problems like cardiovascular disease and stroke. Educating kids about the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices from a very early age is key. Kids are not too young to understand what these life threatening problems are and The OrganWise Guys are able to present the science in a simple way that kids can understand. Focusing on prevention will save on high costs associated with childhood obesity as well as chronic diseases. Check out the infographic below discussing cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention for kids and start sharing with your favorite little ones so they can grow up living healthy lives!

You may also want to take a look at these additional cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention materials for kids. Here’s to good health!

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In May, eggs are a Foods of the Month. Eggs can be cooked in so many different ways. Have you ever had baked eggs before? You will need a ramekin or other type of dish that is safe to put in the oven. Not only are baked eggs a quick and easy meal, they also provide our bodies with protein and are vegetarian.

Check out our top three baked eggs ideas:

Italian Baked Eggs – Pour tomato sauce into the bottom third of a ramekin. Crack 2 eggs on top of the tomato sauce, then add a splash of skim milk, a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper, to taste. Bake eggs at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes, until the egg whites become firm and white. Remove from oven, let cool, and top with shredded basil.

Baked Eggs with Spinach – Boil water and add 5 cups fresh spinach leaves. Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes. Drain spinach and place it in the bottom of a ramekin. Crack 2 eggs on top of the spinach then add some feta cheese crumbles and salt and pepper. Bake eggs at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes, until the egg whites become firm and white. Serve immediately.

Avocado Baked Eggs – Cut an avocado in half, remove the seed and use a spoon to scoop out the insides, creating enough room for one egg in each half. Place halved avocados into a baking pan. Crack an egg into each avocado half and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes, until the egg whites become firm and white. Enjoy!

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Madame Muscle Exercise Can Be FunExercise is very important for both kids and adults. Many kids and adults alike, think of exercising as a chore and think that it can’t be fun. We are here to tell you that there are a number of ways that exercise can be fun. The more fun you make exercise, the more likely you are to be consistent with it! Being physically active on a regular basis, along with making healthy food choices, is vital for good health. Make sure and download the coloring sheet to see what type of event caused Madame Muscle to discover that she got a lot of exercise and soreness without even realizing it. Prior to this event, Madame Muscle did not realize that exercise can be fun!

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