Back to School
It's back to school and back to a routine, which is very difficult after a summer with little routine. Now that the kids are back in school, we (including your kids) need to think and plan for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Why not involve your kids in the food preparation? That way it's a learning opportunity, parent/child communication time, dexterity skills and nutrition education. You as the parent need to set the guidelines.
One main dish or protein
Water and milk (milk can be chilled and put in a cooling container or purchased at school.
A snack and small sweet for fun and the calories kids need.
Ingredient Ideas for School Lunches:
Wraps, bread, condiments, cold cuts, jam and peanut butter; crackers and cheese slices;
Berries, apples, oranges, grapes, and watermelon cubes- remember the fruit needs to be ready to eat and prepared for kids with no front teeth
Baby carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, edamame which is a fun food for kids.
Veggie chips, pretzels, popcorn, pita chips, yogurt, cheese sticks, hummus; ranch dip and crudités.
Yogurt-covered raisins, cookies, granola bars, pudding, fruit roll-ups.
Milk and water- always
Plan out the week by shopping with your kids; teach them how to make healthy selections at the store and how to assist in packing the lunch. If you kids eat at school, you can still do all these steps and review the school menu with them.
Remember and teach your kids to
Make Healthy Choices for Life!
Oliver Healthy Choices Grants
Deadline October 15,2018
Congratulations to the July 2018
Oliver Healthy Choices Grant Recipients
Legacy Ranch Children's Emergency Shelter -
YES Prep Brays Oaks - Houston, Texas
Rita Drabek Elementary - Fort Bend ISD
Frostwood Elementary - Spring Branch ISD
E.A. Jones Elementary - Fort Bend ISD
Texas PTA Summer Leadership Conference
Dallas, Texas July 20-22, 2018
Sandy Bristow, Program Director of the Oliver Foundation, presented at the PTA Conference, "How Do We Pay For That?" along with Karen Burnell, Healthy Lifestyle Liaison, Michelle Smith, Texas Action for Healthy Kids and Marty Dickson, Dairy MAX about available grants and funding for schools.
Congratulations to Stephanie Kellam, 2018 Texas Health Champion Award Winner
The Texas Health Champion Award is presented to public health leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising
awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. Employed by UnitedHealthcare, Stephanie works in Fort Bend ISD as their Student Wellness Coordinator.
Student Wellness Coordinator
Meet the Oliver Teen Advisory Board
The Oliver Foundation Teen Advisory Board is a 12-18 member
organization represented by students across the Houston area.
Each month you'll meet a different member who will share their
perspective on living a healthy life.
Grace Steakley - Social Media Coordinator
St. Agnes Academy - Houston, Texas
Teen Board Member 2017 - Present
Grace is a senior at Saint Agnes Academy. She is the Colonel of the Tiger Girls Dance Team and a member of Tiger Girls Elite for advanced dancers. She has received many awards based on leadership in dance including the All-Star Dancer Award. She has a passion for helping others and loves getting involved in her community. She enjoys eating healthy, exercising, and hanging out with her friends.
Shape Up For The New School Year!
When summer rolls around we tend to get into the nasty habit of being a couch potato and eating our not-so-healthy favorite foods. Although this can be tons of fun and really relaxing, it takes a toll on our bodies once it is time for school. Getting back into shape can be extremely difficult but here are a few ways to make it easier:
- Exercise often! Find a workout you enjoy doing and stick with it. If you are having a hard time finding something you enjoy, try something new! There are many fun things to do that also get your body moving, such as: Soul Cycle, Zumba, Yoga, Orange Theory and many others. Also plan when you will be exercising ahead of time so that nothing becomes an obstacle to your health. To keep yourself accountable, try finding a partner to exercise with you! Taking care of your body can be a lot more fun when you are doing it with a friend.
- Eat healthier!If you are anything like me over the summer, you probably eat out way more than the average Joe. While eating at your favorite fast food restaurant can be super easy for the busy summer, and frankly quite delicious, we must realize that this is not the best option for staying healthy. A home-cooked meal is always the better option. There are so many healthy recipes that can taste just as good as restaurant meals (or even better). It can be super fun and a great way to learn how to make easy meals for the future.
- Pack a lunch! We all know school lunches are not always the healthiest option. Go the extra mile and pack a nice lunch for yourself. It could take just 5 minutes out of your day to make a great impact on your body.
- Make better choices! Make exercise a part of your everyday routine. If you are going to the store, try parking further away. If you have the option of taking the stairs, try using them. If you are waiting for something, get up and walk around the room instead of sitting on your phone like I do! Just kidding. In all seriousness, these are very simple and easy ways to burn calories and will keep you feeling better.
- Get more sleep!With the stress of school, it is easier said than done to make sure you are getting the appropriate hours of sleep. Studies have shown that teenagers need 10 hours of sleep while adults only need 8. Getting your work done earlier in the day so that you can get those 10 hours will make all the difference in living your healthy life. If you know you have a big test coming up, try splitting up the material between two or three days to avoid cramming. This is an easy fix that will ensure healthier living.
As you have read, there are tons of things you can do that will keep you looking and feeling great. School makes us forget how important it is to stay healthy but doing just a few of these things, you can find the right balance. Here is to a great year in academics and health!
Recipe: Black Bean Brownies
- 1 ½ cups black beans (1 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed very well)
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- ½ cup quick oats
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup agave, honey or pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until completely smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and pour into a greased 8x8 pan. Cook the brownies for 15-20 minutes and then let cool for at least 10 minutes before trying to remove. If they are too soft to cut, place in the refrigerator to help firm.
Makes 9-12 brownies.
Here are some comparisons of these black bean brownies to the regular:
Calories: 115 vs 132
Fat: 5g vs 8g
Protein: 2.5g vs 1.8g
Fiber: 3g vs 1g
Black beans are rich in iron and magnesium and have a good amount of calcium and B-6.
These brownies are gluten-free and vegan, for those that have dietary constraints.
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