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Summer Food

June 30, 2008

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School is out for summer break! Do you know what to feed your kids? Check out this recent New York Times article highlighting summertime food. Summer is supposed to be a fun and healthy time for kids to play and go to summer camp, but surprisingly statistics show that the poor eating habits kids have during the summer months is leading to childhood obesity. One study found that kids’ body mass index increased two to three times faster in summer as during the regular school year. Wow, that’s a huge increase. Kids are at camp eating burgers and drinking soft drinks or sitting at home playing video games and mindlessly snacking.

Parents, for healthier options try nutritious snacks that are easy to prepare and will keep throughout the day no matter what activities your kids are doing. Here is one snack that will last for a few days. Check out recipes for snacks.  

Ball-O-Nuts

Soaking Time: a few hours
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: None!
Serves 10  

Ingredients:

  • 6 dates
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 3/4 cup poppy seeds

Soak dates with oats in water for a few hours, then drain excess water. Add dates, oats, almonds, sesame seeds, juice and syrup to a blender. Blend until chunks become very small, but are still visible. Form little balls with mixture. Roll in poppy seeds.  

TIP: Try squeezing lemon or ginger juice for added zing!  

Do you have a favorite snack or lunch that you like to give your kid?  

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.