Friday, June 24, 2011

Let's Move! With Granola Bars

By now many of you are aware that we have a childhood obesity problem in the United States. I almost said, growing problem but I am not much for puns. The First Lady, Michelle Obama, has made it her mission to help change that trend. To that end she created the Let's Move Campaign. Mrs. Obama decided to focus on Five Pillars:

  1. Creating a healthy start for children
  2. Empowering parents and caregivers
  3. Providing healthy food in schools
  4. Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
  5. Increasing physical activity

There are many wonderful tips and tools on the website that are doable. This week we are focusing on that last Pillar. A toddler needs 1 hour of activity a day to maintain a healthy body. Between running errands, cooking, and regular housework it is hard for me to make sure the girls get enough activity. I am going to start taking walks with the girls after dinner on days we do not have other activity planned in the morning to make sure we are all getting some exercise. What will you do to make sure your little one stays active?

No, she is not posing. This is a snapshot.
When we are active and on-the-go we love to take granola bars with us to refuel. Sometimes we buy processed granola bars but we like to make them when we have time. I recently played with a few recipes and came up with this one that worked well for us:

Granola Bars

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins 
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in the next. I like to assign one child for each with the older taking the wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry and mix. Scrape batter into a greased baking dish. Bake 30-40 minutes. Let cool slightly and cut into bars.

Mo is an action girl

Making sure it is in there

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  1. Have you ever tried it without the egg?

  2. I have not tried it without the egg but a vegan friend recently shared an egg substitute with me, 1 tbsp flax meal to 3 tbsp water. Mix and let sit. I will try next batch we make.

  3. I gave it a try and it came out spongy...not sure why...I'll have to change things up and see what I can come up with.


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