Kids Achieve Greater Literacy With Healthier Foods

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Eight of the world’s leaders, including President Obama, will convene on June 17th and 18th in Northern Ireland for the annual G8 Summit. A newly released report by Save The Children, titled Food For Thought, demonstrates global nutrition should be high on this year’s summit agenda. The Food For Thought report emphasizes that good nutrition is not only important, but critical. Proper nutrition, particularly in the first 1,000 days of life when a child’s body and brain are growing rapidly, is more crucial to proper development than once realized.

According to the results of studies conducted by Save The Children in Food For Thought, children who are malnourished go on to earn 20% less as adults than the children who are well nourished. And there is some evidence that the difference could be even larger. One study has estimated this earning deficit for malnourished children at 66%. [Save The Children, Food For Thought, 2013, Page 20, 8-9]

So how can we make a difference? Here are some suggestions for immediate action:

Tweet to President Obama

Let President Obama and the world know how important we think this issue is for our children’s future. Here’s a sample tweet you can send: @whitehouse let’s make sure all kids get healthy food in their #next1000days so they can reach their full potential. #Nutrition4Growth

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Earn Your Cape As A Supermom In The Kitchen With Gr8 Recipes

On the homefront, I know how challenging it a can be to get our kids to eat healthy, nutritious foods even when it’s readily available. This is why I love the art of sneaking vegetables into the dishes I know my children love to eat. One of my Cape-worthy favorite meals is super easy vegetable lasagna roll-ups. As usual I don’t have a formal recipe, but if I can do it, so can you. Want to give it a try?

Preheat your oven to 375.

Dice some vegetables. My favorite combination is red bell peppers, yellow squash and zucchini.

Boil lasagna noodles al Dente and lay them out separately when done so they don’t stick. One noodle = 1 serving, but cook extras because some will likely tear.

Create your cheese filling. My kids like a ricotta and Parmesan mix, seasoned with garlic powder, salt and fresh ground pepper.

Cover the bottom of your baking dish with a layer of your favorite sauce.

Spread the cheese mix, sauce and diced veggies on each noodle, sprinkle a bit of mozzarella and then roll it up.

Place your roll-ups in the baking dish with the seam down, not touching. Cover each with more sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. I keep the cheese as light as I can without spoiling the taste or texture of the dish. My kids are used to minimal cheese, even on pizza.

Often to make it fun or more appealing, I will top it off with mini pepperoni.

Bake 20 minutes covered with foil, then 10 minutes more uncovered. Your roll-ups will be lightly browned and bubbly when done.

Let stand for 10 minutes. This is when I covertly chop up some fresh baby spinach and sneak it into the Caesar salad my kids love.

What’s your favorite Cape-worthy meal?

Learn more about Save The Children’s research and efforts here. 

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Comments

  1. Heather McCurdy says

    I love that this is a post about using real food to feed the kiddos. It’s so important that they get the important nutrients, all over the world! My favorite recipe for the kids, since they are both under 2, is to add in my homemade baby food to whatever I’m making. I’ve been lucky, my oldest likes yogurt smoothies and fresh kale juice (??). As they get older, I’m sure I’ll be doing more “sneaky” things! Thank you for sharing! I tweeted the prez too :)
    Heather, http://www.RockStew.com

    • says

      Thanks, Heather! Glad you tweeted Obama–the administration needs to continue hearing from the ‘momosphere.’ We can make an impact. You’ll def get sneaky in the coming years! ;)

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