Monday, September 26, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016
A recent analysis done by the American Heart Association found that a shocking 90% of all American children have poor diets. Their poor diets are setting them up for ongoing health problems, including heart disease at an early age. How could this happen in the richest nation in the world?
It seems the more fast paced our lives have become we as a society have looked for solutions that are easy, fast and affordable. In order to meet these needs our food has become more and more processed, refined and pre-packaged which has required foods with longer shelf lives (code for not fresh and filled with salt, sugar and salt). Sadly this has not improved our quality of life but instead diminished it. Our kids are living with the burden of a lifetime of disease.
We do see some solutions emerging in our schools, communities and homes. It does require changing our priorities. There needs to be a focus on fresh, whole foods and cooking more at home so we can control what we eat and the quantity we consume.
This can seem overwhelming and a burden. It doesn't have to be. It does require a mindset and some creativity. We have to demand change. Dr. Brian Wansink in his most recent book Slim by Design shows us how we can change our food environments for positive outcomes. He even offers specific resources and ways to become a health advocate for your kid's schools, in your community and workplace. Dr. Jim Hill and Dr. Holly Wyatt show us in their book State of Slim how others who have struggled with weight loss, adopted a healthy lifestyle, and made it possible and sustainable for themselves by sharing the common threads in their lives. And then there are the healthy lifestyle chefs like Jamie Oliver who have shown us how accessible home cooking can be and how kids can be involved in their own healthy eating and cooking.
There are now more and more healthy lifestyle products available to make it possible and enjoyable to adopt healthy eating habits. So many kitchen and gourmet retailers now have dedicated areas with kitchen gear just for kids to make it fun for them to learn how to cook. Kidliga is such a product. It is a product that is fun and engaging that teaches kids about what makes a balanced meal, what right sized portions look like and how to easily measure healthy foods. It includes a fun adventure book that includes recipes and more healthy lifestyle ideas.
What is clear is that to save our kids lives we have to change how we eat and what we eat. Today it is possible to make that change with the resources available. Let's make sure this story has a happy ending.
PLEASE MAKE NOTE:
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. To foster awareness and help make a difference, Livliga, a healthy lifestyle company, will be donating 10% of all its Kidliga sales during the month to the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, a nonprofit dedicated to research and programs to help kids live healthier lives. In addition, all orders of Kidliga will receive a FREE Sammie and Sax ebooklet! For fun and healthy cooking classes for kids in Kansas City, MO check out the Kid Chefs Cooking Classes at Function Junction. Help us Help Kids Be Healthy and Join the Fun!
Monday, September 19, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
During September Kidliga has been partnering with Function Junction to offer some really fun Kid Chefs Cooking Classes. We wanted to do this for a number of reasons. First and foremost we saw an opportunity to provide kids with a hands on experience to cook healthy and kid-friendly recipes. There are currently so few classes available specifically tailored to kids that focus on healthy options.
In offering the classes we also wanted to highlight the importance of children eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle during September, as it is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Statistics show 1 in 3 kids in the US are growing up overweight or obese. The American Heart Association recently published a study that shows 90% of all children in the United States have a poor diet which is contributing to the growth of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in our young.
Getting kids to cook is the best possible way to combat poor diets, obesity and other diseases. The best part about it is its fun, it allows kids to have more control over their own health and it adds to their life skills.
There are many recent articles that have highlighted the benefits of children learning how to cook. These include the practical application of math and chemistry as they measure and mix and following instructions for a recipe from the beginning to the end. It is a terrific way to learn to try new things and to feel empowered because children can own the recipes they learn and share them with others. It makes for great family time spent in the kitchen cooperatively. Instead of everyone sitting in front of the TV focused on a show, it is time where conversation can occur and not just about preparing a meal. Having children help cook in the kitchen sets family priorities of eating healthy, home prepared meals and sharing the responsibility of meal preparation.
There is tremendous benefit in choosing healthy recipes and talking about what makes them healthy from the fresh ingredients to the nutrients they offer to the calories of a given recipe. Cooking with kids can be a great place to talk about why healthy eating is important and what the difference is between healthy foods and not so healthy ones.
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Let Us All Live Vibrant At All Ages!
PLEASE MAKE NOTE:September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. To foster awareness and help make a difference, Livliga, a healthy lifestyle company, will be donating 10% of all its Kidliga sales during the month to the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, a nonprofit dedicated to research and programs to help kids live healthier lives. In addition, all orders of Kidliga will receive a FREE Sammie and Sax ebooklet! For fun and healthy cooking classes for kids in Kansas City, MO check out the Kid Chefs Cooking Classes at Function Junction. Help us Help Kids Be Healthy and Join the Fun!
Let Us All Live Vibrant At All Ages!
Monday, September 12, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016
The month of September is all about raising awareness regarding childhood obesity and supporting children learning about living a healthy lifestyle (see information below). Part of learning about health is learning about healthy eating. The best way to do that is to participate in cooking. Kids can make the best chefs because they are curious, eager to try new things and best of all, they love to share!
Sammie’s Sensational Egg Cups
(Choose which combinations of flavors you would like to include in your egg cups. Below are three tasty options.)
- 1 ½ cups egg (6 eggs), whisked (whole, egg beaters or egg whites)
- 12 Muffin Tin Liners
- Canola Oil Cooking Spray
- ⅛ cup LivSpoon
1. Chop all vegetables, fruits and herbs. Place in separate small bowls. Chop enough of each
ingredient to place 1 tablespoon in each muffin cup (about ¾ cup).
2. Spray the muffin tin cups with cooking spray.
3. Place muffin tin liners in each muffin cup and spray with cooking spray.
4. Fill a ⅛ cup LivSpoon with combinations of ingredients (recommended: ½ each of the listed
ingredients within each category to follow prescribed combinations; or make up your own). Fill
the LivSpoon twice, emptying the ingredients into the muffin tin liners.
|LivSpoons make it so easy to mix and match right-sized ingredients|
5. Once ingredients are chosen and placed in the muffin liners, fill each liner with 1 to 2
LivSpoons-ful of whisked egg, until the liner is nearly filled with liquid egg.
6. Place the muffin pan in an oven pre-heated to 375°. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown
- Tip 1: Whisk all egg types. The egg will rise better.
- Tip 2: Whole eggs rise best and are most easily removed from the liners.
- Tip 3: Careful what fruit or vegetable you use. If they have two much water/moisture in them they won’t bake well.
- Tip 4: Spray muffin tins in addition to liners for easy clean up.
Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!
Looking for a great and fun way to serve up healthy and just right portions for kids? Check out our Kidliga® collection!
Want your kids to have a hands-on experience in cooking healthy foods and live in or near Kansas City? Check out the Kid Chefs Cooking Classes featuring Kidliga recipes and dishware at the gourmet retailer Function Junction at Crown Center. It is a series of 4 different classes offered at two different times each week during the month of September. Sales of Kidliga will benefit the Center forChildren's Healthy Lifetstyles and Nutrition. Come join the fun and make a difference!
To raise awareness during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month this September Livliga® will partner with The Centerfor Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition (CCHLN) to help combat the growing epidemic which affects approximately 12.5 million children in the United States. Livliga’s children’s brand, Kidliga®, will raise funds in support of this cause, with 10% of all sales being donated to CCHLN throughout September. Help us help kids be healthy by buying Kidliga and spreading the word about this campaign!