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Healthy Recipes

Looking for fun things to do with your kids for the remainder of the summer? Consider teaching them about the importance of a balanced diet and how to prepare nutritious meals. Explore a collection of simple, healthy recipes to try out with your kids as a collaborative summer activity!

Healthy Summer Challenge

Encourage your kids to take the Healthy Summer Challenge form the Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. Summer is a time to relax and enjoy downtime, but don’t forget that staying active and eating healthy is still Important. Getting 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is essential to child health. These fun calendars challenge kids to stay active and eat healthy over summer break.

Summer Calendars

Mother’s Day Breakfast

Looking for a way to say show mom some love on Sunday?  Check out this Mother’s Day Menu!  This healthy and delicious breakfast is the perfect way to start the day.  Plus, it’s inexpensive and easy to prepare.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Spring Holiday Menus Are Here

No matter what you are celebrating, the USDA has the perfect menu for you! Try some heavenly deviled eggs for Easter, matzo ball soup for Passover, or mix it up with the perfect breakfast for dinner menu for April Fool’s Day. All the menus are healthy, thrifty, and delicious! 

Baldwin Park Students on the Move with Walking School Bus

A little drizzle wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of Baldwin Park Elementary students and parents in January, as they started the year by kicking off their walking school bus program with the support of Healthy Central Florida. What’s a walking school bus? It’s quite simple: escorted by at least one adult, a group of children walk to school, stopping to “pick up” other students along the way.

Read more about the Walking School Bus program and how to start the program in your local schools.

Pack a Snack

Planning for healthy snacks can help satisfy hunger in between meals and keep you moving towards your food group goals.

Keep a handful of unsalted nuts or dried fruit in your bag or car for your or your kids.  It’s a simple way to have healthy snacks on hand when hunger strikes.

 

Healthy Halloween Treats

While October reminds some of apple picking, pumpkin-flavored treats and fall colors, for others, it’s the last day of October that they think about the most – Halloween! Halloween is one of the biggest candy consumption days of the year. According to a USA Today article, almost every child in the U.S. will have candy on Halloween, compared to 24% of adults and kids who have candy on a typical day. Plus, 4% of all candy consumed in the U.S. is consumed on Halloween! That is SCARY (pun intended)!

Even if you choose to partake in the candy consumption on Halloween this year, here are some alternatives you can consider when the little superheroes, princesses, Pokémon and pirates show up at your door:

Bubbles Bouncy balls
Glow sticks/necklaces Mini nail polish
Stickers Sugar-free gum
Sticky hands Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars
Temporary tattoos Plastic vampire fangs
Mini crayon packs Healthier food options such as 100% juice boxes, pretzels, popcorn, string cheese or Goldfish.
Mini Play-Doh Mini Slinky® toys

Healthy Celebration at Brookshire Elementary

Brookshire Elementary students had fun enjoying a Bounce House Party for those that met their Accelerated Reader goal. Brookshire Elementary would like to extend a special thank you to Winter Park Bounce, their PTA, and Deanna Slattery and Kara McKinney for making this party possible!

Tips for a Healthy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun food holiday!  Add some green tint (Simple Homemaker has tips for natural tinting) for an instant St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Some of our favorite healthy St. Patrick’s Day treats from the web are listed below.  Have a favorite healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipe?  Share it with us below.

Enjoy!

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Fruit Leprachon from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

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Rainbow Veggies and Humus from JDaniel4’s Mom.

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St. Patrick’s Day breakfast from Meet the Dubiens.

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Leprechaun hats from Creative Food.

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St. Patrick’s Day lunch from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

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Pot o’ Gold Applesauce from Two Healthy Kitchens