Parents with poor diets and health issues tend to habits with their children. Obesity and heart disease is a growing concern in the U.S., and we need to understand all the risk factors.
Researchers saw that parents were eating too few vegetables and consuming too many empty calories, and their children took on the same behaviors. To complicate matters, kids tend to exhibit poorer nutrition habits than parents, which magnifies health effects.
The important takeaway is to educate not only kids, but parents on proper nutrition and the impacts of dietary habits on a healthy lifestyle.
Fruits and vegetables are always healthy choices, but consuming seasonal produce is best, both in taste and nutrition. Hot summer days call for a cool, refreshing bowl of seasonal soup.
1 large tomato, pureed
1/2 serrano chile
2 cups cubed fresh watermelon
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
In a blender, puree the tomatoes, chile, and 1/2 of the watermelon. Pour in the red wine vinegar and olive oil and pulse. Add the onion, cucumber and dill and season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour into chilled bowls and sprinkle with dill, feta, and remaining watermelon.