In next week’s issue of Newsweek, First Lady Michelle Obama talks about her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity. Her critics say she is not offering any new ideas, just recycling what every mother has tried to instill in every kid. That is to eat healthy, include lots of fruits and vegetables, and get outside and play. Obesity is a growing problem in America and has been linked to all sorts of cultural and environmental issues. It is fueled by fast food, soda pop, video games. From where I sit, I wonder how anyone could dispute these contributing factors. So what is wrong with a little motherly advice coming from a mom that is in a position to use her voice to influence popular culture in a good way?
So today we are talking about breakfast. Let’s start eating it again and let’s start getting our kids to eat it again. Eating breakfast actually jump starts your metabolism. Not eating breakfast sends your body into starvation mode and you will actually start to store fat for survival, ultimately making you GAIN weight. That is so unfair – not eating making you gain weight! You could drive through McDonald’s or pick one up at Starbuck’s, but this parfait can be made in minutes at home. It’s inexpensive, convenient and can even be portable if necessary. What the heck, the kids could even make it themselves; or better yet they can make one for YOU!
This breakfast packs a lot of important things into one bowl: Fruit (of course), dairy, whole grains and nuts. I made my own granola because I really like the crunch factor and I wanted to limit the fat and calories you get from the prepared granola at the store. It was easy and it stores well for a long time. You can use nuts just as they are or leave them out entirely if you don’t like them. I like Greek yogurt and I use the fat free kind. You can use any kind of Oregon Fruit you like. We even have a new one called “Berry Combo” that combines blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and boysenberries. It is only available in limited areas, but if you ask your grocer to carry it that would be great. The other important factor is to GET OUTSIDE! Spring is upon us, daylight saving time is here so let’s make it a point to add some play to all our lives. What could be wrong with THAT!Tags: berries, Breakfast, granola, yogurt