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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #138 Family Meal Planning in December
December 15, 2010

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Kindy's Musings....

Tips for Planning the Next Family Meal

Most of us know that childhood obesity is one of the most sobering health challenges facing America today. If we do not reverse the cycle of child overweight trends, many of our children will grow into serious medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

To do this, we need healthy families to arise with common sense and new vision for healthy kids to live in every neighborhood, home and school in our nation.

Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, Vice Admiral and 18th Surgeon General of the United States, states, “to become a healthy and fit nation, we must remember….the real reward has to be something that people can feel, that people can enjoy, that people can celebrate. That reward is an invigorating, energizing, and joyous health.”

To start getting more energized, joyous health for your family, try the Quick Start Meal Plan that I have added of 21 Days of easy menu ideas for your family!

Keep your meal planning simple.

You don't have to make elaborate, complicated meals to eat healthy. You can make time for healthy, homecooked meals every night!

Think a quick stir-fry or a fresh local produce ingredient salad.

Add a Mexican or Italian twist and you have a unprocessed, healthy meal in minutes.

This is one of the biggest way you can help prevent overweight issues in your family. Enjoy the holiday cooking and shopping season with your children.

Go to the menu-planning link below today!

Merry Christmas - JOY & PEACE TO ALL!

Family Meal Planning for December

Read the latest nutrition news on growing healthy kids with the link below:

Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose Weight


If you don't know what to have for dessert tonight ...


Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

1/2 cup pitted prunes

1/4 cup pitted dates

3 TBS almond butter

1 TBS maple syrup

3 TBS unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup finely grated unsweetened coconut


In a food processor, drop the prunes and dates through the feed hole one by one. Scrape the processor bowl and run until the prunes and dates are smooth.

Add remaining ingredients except for the coconut. Run until smooth and scrape the processor bowl with a spatula as needed.

Roll the mixture into 12 one-inch balls and roll in coconut to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

Makes 12 pieces


What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

Celebrating Healthy Families 2010

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Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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