Happy National Nutrition Month! To celebrate everything healthy for you and your kids we've rounded up some of our favorite health, fitness ideas and recipes to take care of your health during this month and beyond.
Healthy Snack Ideas: Kids snack a lot but that doesn't mean that it should be unhealthy. To stay powered through the day, we like to stock up on nuts, fresh fruit and portable snacks like Brussel Bytes from Wonderfully Raw and the new Green Giant Veggie Blend-Ins where you can add in 100 percent veggie purées to your kids' favorite foods.
Healthy Video for Kids: Another fun way to learn about health with your kids is to watch "The ABCs of Disease" where you will see kids, and their teacher (Forrest Kline, frontman of powerpop band HelloGoodbye) lead the imagined players of the Florence Nightingale Middle School through the first-ever musical with 26 reasons why you don't want to get sick. (A is for asthma…B is for bacteria, etc.)
With handmade costumes, and a lovable cast of characters, the catchy original song shares delivers jokes and a simple message: take care of yourself.
Peanuts: In addition to National Nutrition Month, it is also National Peanut Month. To celebrate, our friends at Omega Nutrition Center 900 who shared two recipes on how to make Cashew Peanut Butter and Toasted Almond Nut Butter right from your home.
Cashew Peanut Butter
1 & 1/2 cups Roasted, salted peanuts
1 & 1/2 cups Roasted, salted cashews
Pour nuts into blender container and secure lid.
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Start at lowest speed. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to highest speed.
In 1 minute, you will hear a high pitched chugging sound. Once the butter begins to flow freely through the blades, the motor sound will change from a high pitch to a low laboring sound. Stop machine.
Store in an airtight container. It can also be frozen for longer storage.
Toasted Almond Nut Butter
2 3/4 cups Almonds
2 tbsp. Olive oil
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Brown sugar
1 tbsp. Honey
Set the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, spread the almonds evenly across the cookie sheet and bake them around 10 or 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the almonds time to cool enough to be handled.
Grind up the 2 cups of almonds using either a mortar and pestle or a heavy-duty blender, until they become powdered. You can also use a combination of methods, pounding up the almonds until they're in pieces and then processing them further in the blender. Once the almonds are powdered, blend or mash in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil gradually, and stop adding it when the mixture looks creamy and smooth. Scoop out the almond butter from the mortar and pestle or blender into the bowl.
Avocados: We are big fans of avocados and there is a good reason why. This green powerhouse is packed with healthy fats, vitamin E, as well as 20 good-for-you nutrients that provides a creamy, rich texture. Additionally, you can easily enjoy avocados with your kids, or in the tasty recipe Gluten-Free Chocolate Avocado Bread.
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