Posts Tagged ‘National Nutrition Month’

Let’s Celebrate National Nutrition Month: Week 4

Monday, March 31st, 2008

In celebration of National Nutrition Month…here’s a fun recipe suitable for kids and parents to prepare together.

A healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe.

 

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 8 oz dark chocolate chips, such as Nestle 53% or 62% cacao
 

-Preheat oven to 375. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
-Stir together flour, wheat germ and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside. Cream together butter, apple sauce and sugars until well blended. Beat in vanilla, egg and egg white. Beat in flour mixture until it forms a soft dough. Stir in chocolate chips.
-Drop rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 7-10 minutes, alternating cookie sheets halfway through (place top cookie sheet on bottom rack of oven and bottom cookie sheet on top rack), until lightly browned around the edges.
-Makes 36 cookies.
Per cookie: 82 calories, 4 g fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein, 2% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 1% calcium, 3% iron

So what makes this a healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe?

For starters, this chocolate chip cookie recipe uses ingredients like applesauce and egg white to trim the fat content of these cookies. Next, I use white whole wheat flour to boost the fiber content. And finally, I use dark chocolate chips — which not only provide a richer flavor, allowing me to use less sugar, but they are also high in antioxidants.

It’s never too early to introduce your child to the wonders of the kitchen. Even if it’s little things like setting the table, it’s a beginning. Trying new recipes and baking techniques can be fun for the whole family.

It’s important to share the #1 rule of the kitchen with your little chef before starting any recipe- Always get permission from an adult to use the kitchen.

As a special treat for your little baker at the end of helping you prepare this recipe.. Present them with their very own diploma. They’ll love it!

Let’s Celebrate National Nutrition Month: Week 3

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

In celebration of National Nutrition Month… Here is a surefire way to get the kids out of the toy cupboard and into the kitchen.

 

The pasta sections of specialist Italian food shops can often resemble the contents of a children’s toy cupboard. All those tubes and corkscrews, and ribbons, not to mention the letters, soccer balls and surfboards (see below) are the stuff of dreams for fertile minds.

Shapes are easier to eat than rods or ribbons, so they’re a good choice for kids.

Some pasta companies make pasta meant specifically for pasta fun like these fun pasta noodles from The Pasta Shoppe.

 

They allow the imagination to run wild in the kitchen.

Happy cooking!

 

Let’s Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

It’s March and it’s National Nutrition Month®!

 

NNM is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Every week for the month of March, we will bring you some some fun ways to incorporate nutrition into your daily activities.

This is a great opportunity to get your kids involved in the kitchen and interested in the foods they eat.

Check out Foodchamps.org. A fun website full of games, recipes and activity pages that you and your child can have fun playing.

One of our favorites games is the Fruit & Veggie Naming Game.