Going back to school often means a fresh start! Learning new things, meeting new teachers, friends and much more! Is it the job of the parents or the schools to teach about nutrition and health? Some schools have lost their P.E and health programs across the country and to me, that's awful. If we are so lucky to have schools that value the importance of healthy living, then is it okay for the parents to fall short and not model healthy behaviors at home?
In my opinion it's about 90% the responsibility of us, the parents. We are the ones they look up to and they learn from us long before they go to school. We set the example of right and wrong...right? If our children learn about healthy eating and exercise at school, but they come home to junk food and sitting in front of the TV or electronics, what are we saying as their parents?
*You may agree or disagree but I'd love to hear your thoughts on this issue...
And on a lighter note here are some mouth-watering, healthy recipes to share from HellaWella,
- 4 split chicken breasts (on the ribs, fat removed)
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 1 cup of honey
- 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- A splash of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons of thyme
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- Cracked pepper and salt, to taste
1. Combine honey, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Stir until well-blended. Set aside half of mixture for later.
2. Drizzle olive oil over rinsed and pat-dried chicken breasts. Rub cracked pepper, salt, garlic powder and thyme over the chicken. Brush on a coating of the glaze mixture. Place chicken on grill, close lid and let it cook for about 35 minutes. Brush on more glaze after 35 minutes.
3. Chicken is ready when the its internal temperature reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit. (Use a meat thermometer!)
4. Before serving, use a clean brush to glaze the chicken one last time.
Lemon Grilled Shrimp
- 24 large shrimp (for less work, get deveined frozen shrimp)
- ½ cup of lemon juice
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons of lemon rind
- 2 teaspoons of dry mustard
- ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Pinch of black pepper
Makes 8 servings.
1. Peel shrimp, leaving on tails, and devein. Put in plastic bag and set in bowl. Stir remaining ingredients. Pour over shrimp and close bag tightly. Squeeze gently to coat shrimp. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Remove shrimp, reserving marinade. Cook shrimp on greased grill over medium-hot coals or at medium heat until opaque, brushing over with marinade for 2 minutes on each side until pink and firm to touch.
Watermelon Feta Salad
- 6 cups of watermelon
- ½ cup of finely chopped fresh mint
- 5 ounces to 6 ounces of feta cheese
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Fresh lime juice
1. Chop watermelon into cubes, approximately 1-in. squares.
2. Place in a large mixing bowl and squeeze in the juice from half of a lime. Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.
3. Rinse mint sprigs, remove the leaves from the stem and finely chop the leaves.
4. Toss the mint, lime juice and pepper with the watermelon.
5. Transfer from the mixing bowl to a serving platter where the watermelon can spread out a little.
6. Crumble feta over the melon evenly and serve.
Looks like some great recipes for Labor Day weekend! It would be a great way to take some of the fat and calories out of a great backyard BBQ! Just a thought!
Hope your eating habits are on target and you're looking forward to a great school year, if you've got little ones in school! I know with my oldest starting kindergarten this year (yes, I'm pretty emotional about it!), I'm taking the time to focus on time management; making meals ahead of time, washing laundry more efficiently and making sure I take some ME time...sometimes I know I just need it to stay sane! I plan on getting some great workouts in too now that my back seems to be feeling MUCH better! whew!