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EATWISE Rap

source: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Healthy_Food

Cookie Monster rhymes about the importance of eating more than just cookies. Source: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Healthy_Food

EATWISE this year
makes me wanna cheer.
Healthy foods everyday
makes me wanna say hurray!
Lessons on culture, lessons on fuel
in our presentations everyday at school.

Healthy,
we do it.
Teach it,
we preach it.

Unhealthy food?
No we don’t eat it.
Sugar and school foods
slow down my mood.

thanks for your time
hope you enjoyed this rhyme

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A Healthy After School Snack

What would Valentine’s Day be without a sweet treat or two? This year, indulge guilt-free with a delicious—and nutritious—cookie recipe!

Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies

Avocado Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peeled, mashed avocado flesh (about 1 avocado)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 6 oz chocolate chips

Optional:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 375º F
  2. Beat sugar, honey and oil until light and fluffy
  3. Gently beat in avocado until blended
  4. Add egg and vanilla extract; mix thoroughly
  5. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into sugar mixture; mix well
  6. Stir in oats and coconut, then fold in chocolate chips and walnuts (if using).
  7. Drop tablespoon-sized balls onto a baking sheet; bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden and crispy.
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A Healthy Valentine’s Day Treat

What would Valentine’s Day be without a sweet treat or two? This year, indulge guilt-free with a delicious—and nutritious—cookie recipe!

Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies

Avocado Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peeled, mashed avocado flesh (about 1 avocado)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 6 oz chocolate chips

Optional:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 375º F
  2. Beat sugar, honey and oil until light and fluffy
  3. Gently beat in avocado until blended
  4. Add egg and vanilla extract; mix thoroughly
  5. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into sugar mixture; mix well
  6. Stir in oats and coconut, then fold in chocolate chips and walnuts (if using).
  7. Drop tablespoon-sized balls onto a baking sheet; bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden and crispy.
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Our Shop Healthy Summer

EATWISE Shop Healthy

EATWISE Summer interns display freshly organized produce baskets.

This summer our EATWISE interns partnered with the DOH’s Shop Healthy initiative. They went to bodegas in the Hunts Point neighborhood in the Bronx and assisted in making small changes that would both encourage and make it easier for New Yorkers who shop at those stores to make healthy choices. These changes included placing fresh fruits and vegetables at the front of the store, removing ads for tobacco, alcohol and sugar sweetened beverages, moving water so it was eye-level in the drink coolers and advertising healthy lunch specials, which included a sandwich on whole-wheat bread, fruit and a bottle of water. This is what a couple of our interns had to say about the experience.

 

By Christel Solomon and Aubrey Allen

 

This was our first summer working with Shop Healthy and it was an amazing experience! It felt as if we made a difference one step at a time. Even though not every change we made was big, they made a big difference to the community because we helped to make healthy produce more available.

 

We went into Shop Healthy expecting that we would have a hard time working with the store owners, since we were just kids who wanted to make changes in their stores. We didn’t know what the outcome would be, but in end it was very successful and the store owners were very excited and also cooperative with us in helping to accomplish our mission of making it easier for their customers to make healthy shopping choices.

 

We had tons of fun with our fellow interns moving the water up to eye level, putting up price tags for the produce, decorating and arranging the fruit to make the healthy options more eye catching. It wasn’t always easy to convince the store owner to move items, such as moving the water up so that is the first thing people see, but by working together we were able to come to an agreement. When we told the store owners that making these changes would help their community and increase their store profits they were eager to make the changes we suggested.

 

Shop Healthy has been an outstanding experience and it felt as if we were giving back to the community. The changes we made in the bodegas brought us back to what we have learned in our EATWISE internship and through Change One Thing, eat more fruit and vegetables, choose whole grains over refined grains and drink water. Even though the changes were small, we made a major change for the community.

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Eating healthy? Not easy, but worth it.

Beyonce eatting an apple

How often do you see celebrities promoting whole fruits and vegetables?
Screen grab from Let’s Move

by Emilio De Los Angles

There are lots of things that can impact the way you determine and view what you eat and your activities. Today the media is used to introduce us to the latest fad diets and weight loss pills. We are being influenced to consume cheap food with low nutrition content. This also includes the stereotypical personas shown to us on those ads or commercials. These portrayals only make us narrow our notions of what we can eat and do.

 

But let’s go back one step, let’s talk about you and your goal of becoming more healthy and stronger. The easiest way to start is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole wheat, lean proteins, and reading the nutrition labels of the products you are going to consume! Obesity is increasing in America, this means that people are beginning to experience the side effects of an unbalanced diet. These include heart problems, cholesterol, and diabetes. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to give more effort and time to be more cautious for the sake of my health?”. You will often find yourself blocked by the lack of support, and the confusing nutrition labels, but you can do it if you want it. Make sure your circle of friends and family knows about your decision and if they value you they will give their support. “Am I ready to begin eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and reading nutrition labels carefully?” If your answer to both of these questions were yes, I congratulate you; you are taking a step that will take you far in life.

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Find Your Fitness Match

Practice Zumba on the West Harlem waterfront.

Practice Zumba on the West Harlem waterfront.
source: http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/06/shape-up-nyc-zumba

by Zoe Cooper-Caroselli

It’s summer in New York City and there’s no better time to get in shape! We know that eating a balanced diet and living an active lifestyle contribute to our overall good health but sometimes it can feel like getting to the gym is just too hard. Whether it’s a mental barrier or a financial one – hello, gym memberships can be pricy! – I’ve found that one key to staying active is to find your fitness match. There are so many ways to get out there and move your body and when you find an activity you actually enjoy doing you are much more likely to stick to your fitness routine in the long run. For me that’s yoga; take me to the gym and tell me to lift weights and five minutes in I’ll be whining about heading home, take me to a yoga class and I’m a happy girl!

 

Finding your fitness match doesn’t have to be expensive. I started my yoga practice by taking free yoga classes in Bryant Park and Prospect Park. Lucky for you, there are hundreds of free fitness classes offered in all five boroughs throughout the summer. Ask about free trial memberships or introductory rates at gyms or yoga studios in your neighborhood and check out Shape Up NYC to find free fitness classes near you. Find your fitness match and get moving!

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FRUGURT

This delicious, healthy dessert can be eaten as a snack anytime! This cool treat will give you both fruit and dairy in one simple snack!
 

    • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
    • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit of choice
    • 4 small paper cups
    • Aluminum foil
    • 4 popsicle sticks

 

Directions:
Mash the low-fat yogurt, fruit and honey together to desired consistency
and pour into cups until ¾ full. Cover the cups with the foil. Make slits in
the foil and insert popsicle sticks. Put into freezer for about 5 hours or until
frozen solid. When ready, peel off paper cup and enjoy!

 

 

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Food Cravings: What your body is telling you

By Sherlwyn T. | Body & Fitness – Beautiful You on Yahoo!
We have all experienced food cravings before. Usually it’s something sweet, salty, or creamy — something you just have to have. So, what are your food cravings really telling you? Here are a few of the most common cravings and the nutrients your body may be lacking.

 

If you crave this: Chocolate

What you really need: Magnesium
Healthier alternatives: Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits

 

If you crave this: Sweets

What you really need: Chromium
Healthier alternatives: Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken

What you really need: Carbon
Healthier alternatives: Fresh fruits

What you really need: Phosphorus
Healthier alternatives: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains

What you really need: Sulfur
Healthier alternatives: Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous, vegetables, kale, cabbage

What you really need: Tryptophan
Healthier alternatives: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

 

If you crave this: Bread, toast

What you really need: Nitrogen
Healthier alternatives: High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans

If you crave this: Oily snacks, fatty foods

What you really need: Calcium
Healthier alternatives: Mustard, and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

 

If you crave this: Coffee or tea

What you really need: Phosphorus
Healthier alternatives: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes

What you really need: Sulfur
Healthier alternatives: Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous, vegetables

What you really need: NaC1 (Salt)
Healthier alternatives: Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)

What you really need: Iron
Healthier alternatives: Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries

 

If you crave this: Chewing ice

What you really need: Iron
Healthier alternatives: Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries

 

If you crave this: Burnt food

What you really need: Carbon
Healthier alternatives: Fresh fruits

 

If you crave this: Soda and other carbonated drinks

What you really need: Calcium
Healthier alternatives: Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

 

If you crave this: Salty foods

What you really need: Chloride
Healthier alternatives: Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt

 

If you crave this: Acid foods

What you really need: Magnesium
Healthier alternatives: Raw nuts, and seeds, legumes, fruits

 

If you have preference for liquids than solids

What you really need: Water
Healthier alternatives: Flavoured water with lemon or lime. You will need 8-10 glasses a day

 

If you have preference for solids than liquids

What you really need: Water
Healthier alternatives: You have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavoured water with lemon or lime. You will need 8-10 glasses a day

 

If you crave this: Cool drinks

What you really need: Manganese
Healthier alternatives: Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries

 

If you have pre-menstrual cravings

What you really need: Zinc
Healthier alternatives: Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables

 

If you experience general overeating

What you really need: Silicon
Healthier alternatives: Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches

What you really need: Tryptophan
Healthier alternatives: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

What you really need: Tyrosine
Healthier alternatives: Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables

 

If you lack appetite

What you really need: Vitamin B1
Healthier alternatives: Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats

What you really need: Vitamin B3
Healthier alternatives: Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes

What you really need: Manganese
Healthier alternatives: Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries

What you really need: Chloride
Healthier alternatives: Raw goat milk, unrefined salt

 

 

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Spotlight: Validus Preparatory High School , Bronx

Validus Prep, a small high school of about 350 students in the Claremont section of the Bronx, has been an over-achiever for years in the EATWISE program. They’ve done it again this year, with the introduction of an internship class, which has provided our EATWISE intern for this year. The class, led by Ms. Perez, aims to get teens active in their communities and professional settings. The school also partners with Outward Bound (their full school name is Validus Preparatory High School: An Expeditionary Learning School) which supports getting students out into the great outdoors. Their PSAL double dutch team is one of the best in the city!  Over the years, Validus has supported all sorts of initiatives to help their students and families live healthier lives, including distributing fresh produce through the school. Many thanks to the school, Deyla, Moneia, Mariama, Zhamedra, Maria, and Chasity for their hard work over the years!
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Why You Can’t Just Burn Those Cookies Off

You can't out exercise a bad diet.

source: http://arthlete.tumblr.com/

by Erika Nicole Kendall

I get so tired of people telling me “Oh, I’m not worried about it. I can just burn this dinner off tonight on the treadmill.”

 

All I keep thinking, as I glance at their plate, is “Oh, really?” I’d never say that, though. I kind of just smile and say “Wow, well…hey!”

 

This video is why.

 

[youtube height=”480″ width=”640″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQbuzsY_34Q&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

 

So…for all you people who swear that people only need to “move more” in order to lose that weight? Stop lying to people, and stop lying to yourselves. That’s why I write so much about food – if you think that you can eat calorie-heavy dishes and “just burn it off” at the gym… you’re sorely mistaken. Weight loss is, at least, 85% diet. If you never eat it, you never have to worry about burning it. It’s just that simple.

 

Here’s to making better decisions!

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