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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #35 -- Grab an Avocado & Read The First Family Interview
June 12, 2006

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Kindy's Musings....

One family wrote in and answered a few of my questions for the healthy family profile --it's funny and you might identify!

-Picture of family-Not since 2001. Would have to figure out how to use the self-timer.

-State live in-Constant chaos.

-Where do you grocery shop? How often?-Wherever cereal is on sale. As infrequently as possible.

-Favorite cookbook?-"The Twinkie Cookbook" and "Man With a Can".

-What was last hit recipe your family liked?-McDonald's new Chicken Selects.

-What meals do you eat together as a family?-Yeah, that's what I keep asking.

-Biggest meal challenge?-Getting motivated to chop something.

-Do you have a family garden?-That would require touching dirt.

-One grocery shopping tip to pass along.-Go at 9 p.m. when there are no senior citizens or children.

-What has your family done in the last month to get healthier?-Switched to Taco Bell.

-What is a healthy family goal for the future you want to accomplish?-More pretzels, less Fritos!!!!

Hopefully that made you smile! This week let's meet the McKnight's(Andy, Lisa, Keri, Matthew, John and Ethan) who live in upstate New York.

1.What are your children's ages?

Ages 11, 9, 7 & 1

2.Do you shop discount grocery stores, chain supermarkets or farmer's market?

Walmart, Aldi's, Hannaford, PriceChopper

3.How often?

Once a week

4.Favorite cookbook?

Betty Crocker

5.Recipe last used or created?

Oatmeal Blueberry cookies

6.What meals do you eat together?

Dinner every night.

7.Biggest meal challenge?

If it takes more than 20 minutes, I don't make it. We cook ahead and freeze.

8.Do you have a family garden?


9.Any grocery shopping success tips?

Stock up on sale items.

10.What has your family done in the last month to get healthier?

Bought a trampoline, Lisa rides her bike with the kids and started to buy natural peanut butter (though kids aren't sold on that yet!)

11.How often do you eat processed foods?

Very rarely, make most everything from scratch.

12.What would you like to do in the future to eat healthier?

Bake and experiment using more whole grains.

Thank you McKnight's for letting us into your world! Keep up the great work!

Try the easy recipe below:



Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 ounce

Tip: Enjoy fresh avocado as a spread on whole grain toast.

1/5 ripe avocado (1 oz)

Add salt to taste.

For a garlic spread add 1/2 clove garlic finely minced.

In a medium bowl, mash avocado with a fork.

Stir in desired ingredients. Spread on toast or nachos and serve.

Source: California Avocado Commission

Did you know……..

Avocados contain:

-60% more potassium per ounce than bananas to help keep the body's electrolytes in balance.

-Are cholesterol free, sodium free and an excellent source of monounsaturated fat.

-Ounce for ounce avocados rank highest in folate compared to the 20 most frequently consumed fruits.

-Contain antioxidants like vitamin E and glutathione, and phytochemicals like beta-sitosterol and lutein.

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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