Fit Family Digest

As part of my role as the Health Educator for the Baton Rouge Children’s HEALTH Project I create a monthly health EDUCATION newsletter called the Fit Family Digest.  The newsletter is geared towards parents and includes tips on increasing physical ACTIVITY for the whole family, ideas from Dr. Denise Sellers, clinical child psychologist, on methods for improving health behaviors, and even recipes that are delicious, healthy, cheap, and KID friendly.

Click through to download the latest issue.  This month’s has a recipe for DELICIOUS Pizzadillas, a cross between a quesadilla and a pizza.  These are a MUST make!

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Do You KNOW What Your Kids Are Eating?

The food industry in our country has become so complicated that many times it’s almost impossible to understand what’s in the food that we and our children are eating. 

Most of us already know this is true for processed foods.  For instance, sodium tripolyphosphate is an ingredient in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.  I’d bet money that the average person has no clue what sodium tripolyphosphate is much less what it does!  Turns out it acts as an emulsifier and helps the food retain moisture.  It’s most common use, though, is as a water softener in detergent.  Other uses include antifreeze, leather tanning and flame retardants.  I’m suddenly wishing I hadn’t looked up sodium tripolyphosphate!

But what about our fresh food: fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and grains?  Surely they’re safe since they aren’t processed.  We buy these in their original form.  Right?  Maybe not. 

Click through for an amazing TED talk by Robyn O’Brien on why we should, at the very least, be informing ourselves before making decisions on the foods we feed the most vulnerable and most vital people among us, our children.

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Cajun Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Cajun Sweet Potato Shepherd's PieShepherd’s Pie isn’t something you see a lot of in the Deep South.  In fact, until yesterday, I’d never tasted it.  Since I’m a meat and potatoes guy at heart, the idea of  a “pie”  made of those two things had always intrigued me.

Last night was a clean-out-the-fridge night so that I wouldn’t waste money by letting meat and produce go bad sitting on shelf.  So when I found sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, and bulk Cajun sausage it seemed like the perfect time to finally try a Shepherd’s Pie.  The result was so DELICIOUS that I’ve already added the ingredients to my grocery list so I can make it again!

Want to use this recipe for Meatless Monday?  Simply replace the sausage with a can of drained black beans.  Now you’ve got a hearty vegan dinner! 

Experiment with different veggies.  Mushrooms, tomatoes, or eggplant would all be super TASTY in this.  Or trade out the sweet potatoes for roasted and mashed butternut squash.  The possibilities really are endless!  Have fun and make it your own.

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Run Louisiana Girls on the Run 5k

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Join us at one of Baton Rouge’s largest family fitness events as we CELEBRATE the accomplishments of over 500 girls who have gone through the Girls on the Run program this season. And what better way to celebrate than by RUNNING the 5k with them! Everyone is invited, girls and guys. Everyone that crosses the finish line gets an awesome Run Louisiana, Girls on the Run MEDAL!

Smitten with SWEET Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are one of my ABSOLUTE favorite foods.  I eat them MULTIPLE times per week, EVERY week! 

Not only are they super DELICIOUS, they are incredibly NUTRITIOUS as well!

Part of my Sunday ritual is to cook up a big pot of Sweet Potatoes to have in the fridge for the upcoming week.

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