What do you get when you challenge a group of mom bloggers to create kid-friendly recipes under $8 using eight healthy ingredients? You get “Gr8,” good-for-kids treats that even grown-ups will love. If you’re looking for a healthy way to cure a raging sweet tooth or your little one is a chipsoholic, read on.
But wait. Before I get to the recipes—and before you start wondering whether Save the Children is becoming the new Food Network—let me explain our foray into the foodie world. Coinciding with the G8 nutrition summit earlier this month, attended by President Obama and other world leaders, Save the Children released a new report on child nutrition, called “Food for Thought” (get it?).
According to the “Food for Thought” report, 165 million children globally are malnourished, a condition affecting a child’s cognitive abilities, overall health and physical strength. Meanwhile, 23 million U.S. children are overweight or obese, which can be just as detrimental to their health and well-being.
Leading up to the G8 summit, 20 mom bloggers posted and tweeted kid-friendly, “Gr8 recipes” to raise awareness of childhood malnutrition around the world and show parents in America easy, inexpensive (yet tasty!) ways to make healthier choices for their children.
The result? Mouthwatering recipes that take minutes to prepare, such as this quesadilla with a twist: on a whole-wheat tortilla, swap greasy cheese with natural peanut butter, top it off with some fruit and, voila—a delicious dessert that’s nutritious to boot. Or try my personal favorite, crispy kale chips, which I made last night. Check out all the recipes by following the ‘Gr8’ healthy kids’ recipe links below.
A big thank you from Save the Children goes out to all the mom bloggers for sharing their recipes, making calls to action through social media, and urging White House and government officials to ensure children get the nutrition they need in their first 1,000 days. We also wanted give a shout-out to the mom bloggers who participated in an early screening of the “Man of Steel” movie as part of the “We Can Be Heroes” campaign, a Save the Children and DC Entertainment initiative to fight hunger in the Horn of Africa.
To end on a positive note, here is some promising news: At this month’s Nutrition for Growth Summit in London, the Obama administration pledged to reduce stunting among 2 million children through its Feed the Future program, as well as committed more than $1 billion in funding for global maternal and child nutrition programs. A great start, but there is still more to be done.
Now go back to those tasty recipes. But if you start salivating just by looking at the photos, you can’t say I didn’t warn you!
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‘Gr8’ Healthy Kids’ Recipe Blogs
Lisa Van Engen of About Proximity, Jennifer Barbour of Another Jennifer, Lea of Becoming super Mommy, Connie Roberts of Brain Foggles, Samantha Kitchenman of Carrying the World on My Hip, Jennifer Wagner of Connect With Your Teen Through Pop Culture and Technology, Karen Heffren of Desert Chica Ramblings, Elizabeth Atalay of Documama: Sahara to Suburbia, Amanda of Maroc Mama, Shiloh of McKinney Mommas, Makeba Giles of MelisaSource, Julia Gibson of Mom on the Run X2, Ruth Hill of My Devotional Thoughts, Tiffany Washko of Naturemomsblog (also on Macaroni Kid), Betsy Shaw of Baby Center, Barb Webb of RuralMoms.com, Jeanna S. of Surf and Sunshine, Kelli Nelson of Sweetness of Life and Motherhood, Heidi of Textbook Mommy, and Holly of Tropic Home and Family.
Mom Bloggers Who Mobilized a Call to Action to the White House
Jennifer Barbour of Another Jennifer, Samantha Kitchenman of Carrying the World on My Hip, Karen Heffren of Desert Chica Ramblings, Elizabeth Atalay of Documama: Sahara to Suburbia, Shiloh of McKinney Mommas, Makeba Giles of MelisaSource, Julia Gibson of Mom on the Run X2, Ruth Hill of My Devotional Thoughts, Tiffany Washko of Naturemomsblog, Betsy Shaw of Baby Center, Barb Webb of RuralMoms.com, Kelli Nelson of Sweetness of Life and Motherhood, Heidi of Textbook Mommy, and Holly of Tropic Home and Family.
Mom bloggers Raising Awareness About ‘We Can Be Heroes’