Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Shocking Truth

I don't usually click on, or subscribe to Facebook advertising--but this caught my attention, and I just had to look. The Shocking Truth
This is from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport--I didn't even know there was such a thing!  It is specifically targeting families and children, encouraging healthy activity, healthy eating, healthy living.  Very interesting stuff.

Here is the Shocking Truth according to the OMHPS-Childhood obesity rates have TRIPLED since 1975!!!  Seriously!!!

There are of course many contributing factors, including diet and activity levels etc..which we could hash over for days and days I am sure.
Here is my point:
We should be less judgemental, and more pro-active.
If we spent less time defending the reasons why this has happened, and more time actually doing something to change it--one kid, one family, one person at a time--imagine what  could  be accomplished!! How about NO childhood obesity rate--wouldn't that be a gift!!

Exposing our kids to better food choices, allowing them the opportunity to LIKE things like chickpeas, and asparagus is a great start.

Lemon and Garlic Asparagus

2tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
juice of 1/4 lemon ( or more if you like it really lemony!)
salt and pepper to taste
asparagus with the ends trimmed off.

Heat oil in pan.  Add asparagus and saute until cooked (tender with just a hint of crispness in the centre).  Add garlic, S&P and toss--squeeze lemon over and toss again.
That's it! So easy!

Tip:  this technique also works great for green beans, broccoli, bokchoy, spinach--you name it! 

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