Since moving into our new house we’ve gotten the chance to meet some of our new neighbors. We love our new neighborhood so much. I’ve told you before that it is completely walkable. I’ve really noticed how lazy I used to be to do the simplest things like going to the grocery store or the post office with a car instead of walking or riding a bike. Granted our old neighborhood was not walkable and didn’t have sidewalks. We are so blessed to now have everything we need within 2 miles of us (with safe sidewalks). There’s no use for a car when we have our three wheels (a.k.a. the BOB stroller)!
Children whose neighborhoods were like our old neighborhood where they are lacking in access to sidewalks, parks or playgrounds, or recreation or community centers had 20-45% higher odds of becoming obese or overweight compared to children who had access to these amenities.¹ Every child should have a safe and healthy environment to run around and live healthy, happy lives.
We are even blessed enough to have a park just a few blocks away from our house to let our mr. Liam run and play now!
Well, we went over to a little neighborly get-together the other day to get to know one another and let the kids play. It was SO much fun to meet other couples and let Liam play with children his age.
While we were sitting down at dinner, one of the moms and I started getting talk about our blender and how many great ways there are to hide fruit and vegetables in delicious recipes made with the Blendtec. I dub myself as a queen of hiding vegetables in sweet treats, but had never thought to incorporate beets!
The next day, I was on the hunt for raw red beets to make this healthy red velvet smoothie come to life. I was skeptical (as I always am with hiding vegetables), but I’m always pleasantly surprised at how amazing the healthy treats are! This smoothie is no different. It’s got absolutely no beet flavor, but exceptionally sweet flavors and hints of cocoa and strawberries. Mmm!
Every little thing I can do to feed my family healthy foods, even if that does mean hiding beets and fruit into a seemingly decadent dessert. “Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.” – CDC
Well, today I have the honor of teaming up with Partnership for a Healthier America, All-Clad and an amazing group of bloggers to help raise awareness for childhood obesity. When we teach our children how to make healthy choices, it will become natural and they will have the opportunity to live longer and healthier lives.
With 1 in 3 children and adolescents being overweight or obese, something has to change. Parents, help your children learn healthier options with both eating habits and physical activities. We have lots of ideas for you today!
Check out healthier back-to-school recipes here:
Texanerin Baking - Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
Dinners, Dishes and Desserts - Tomato Balsamic Ravioli
Carla’s Confections - Dried Fruit & Nut Trail Mix
Table for Two - Lightened Up Chicken Salad Sandwich
Country Cleaver - Raspberry Peach Fruit Leather
All Day I Dream About Food - Guilt-Free Fig Newtons
Eat Good 4 Life - Nutella Breakfast Oatmeal
BranAppetit – Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders
The Lemon Bowl – Gluten Free Oatmeal Peach Bread
Healthy Red Velvet Smoothies
adapted from Keepin’ It Kind
- 3/4 cup chopped raw red beets (or grated if you don’t have a Blendtec or similar blender)
- 4 medium hulled strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup skim (or unsweetened almond) milk
- 2 dried and pitted dates, sliced
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup
- Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.
Servings: about 2 cups of smoothie
Now, in hopes that you’ll take all of this knowledge and apply it to your family’s day-to-day routines, we have a little (CRAZY BIG) giveaway for you! Get excited!
There’s an All-Clad 7 piece set (MSRP $489.99) and nine 11″ All-Clad skillets (MSRP $139.99) up for grabs!
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