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Healthy food for July 4th: Red, white & berry parfait

shutterstock_146926817A favorite summer holiday is just a few days away. July 4th calls for swimming, friends, family, fireworks and food … lots of food! Bringing something to a party or throwing one yourself? Bring a treat thats tasty, filling and good for you!

Try this Red, White & Berry Parfait.

IngredientsIMG_2380

  • 1 cup of 0-2% plain/vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 10 strawberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of whole grain granola (with at least 3-4g of fiber/serving)

Prepare

  • Layer the following ingredients and place them in a mason jar or clear glass—make it festive!
  • First place the strawberries, then the yogurt, then the blueberries, then the granola (in order: red, white and blue)
  • And enjoy!

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Bringing back home economics

homeeconomicsIn today’s technologically driven schools, the idea of home economics classes, which were designed to arm kids with half a dozen easy-to-cook recipes, seems a little dated. And faced with busy academic schedules, schools have largely abandoned these lessons. But given the current epidemic of childhood obesity, is this really the smartest move?  In a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), David Ludwig, MD, PhD, argues that instruction in basic food preparation and meal planning are essential for today’s kids, who can’t rely on their parents to teach them these skills.

(Read a related post from Thrive that asks whether it’s realistic to expect marketers to make changes on their own to how they market unhealthy foods to kids, or whether the government should get involved.)

Many parents never learned to cook and instead rely on restaurants, take-out food, frozen meals and packaged food as basic fare. Many children seldom experience what a true home-cooked meal taste like, much less what goes into preparing it.

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