Philanthropy Friday: Food For Thought on Global Nutrition

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FOOD_FOR_THOUGH_300According to Save the Children’s new report, good nutrition can help kids learn and even earn more money when they grow up.

That’s in addition to growing up healthy and strong, of course.

But we’ve got to nourish our children first.

There are 165 million children in the world who are chronically malnourished. Without a nutritious diet, kids can have trouble answering basic math problems and reading simple sentences. Their growth is often stunted. Malnourished children are often poor, lack education and access to good jobs.

Even with these problems, Food for Thought shows us the opportunities. Well nourished children are 13% more likely to be in the correct grade at school, boosting lifelong skills. Fixing malnutrition now could bring economic benefits over 100 times as large as the costs of interventions.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because President Obama and other world leaders are about to convene for the Nutrition for Growth summit in London in advance of this year’s G8 summit.

You can make your voice heard by letting them know that all kids need to get healthy food.

Click on the link to tweet: @whitehouse let’s make sure all kids get healthy food in their #next1000days so they can reach their full potential. #Nutrition4Growth

Join me, Save the Children, the Global Team of 200 and Mom Bloggers for Social Good in showing our world leaders that global nutrition should be on their agenda.

If you’d like to earn your cape as a supermom in the kitchen, you can also share a healthy recipe for kids that either has 8 ingredients or costs under $8 to make.

While I’m not much of a cook, I am lucky in that my kids love vegetables. My good friend and food blogger, Linda D’Alessandro, shared with me her recipe for kale chips. They sound super yummy to me!

Linda's kale chips last about 5 minutes when she makes them!

Linda’s kale chips last about 5 minutes when she makes them!

Gr8 Kale Chips

Bunch of Curly Kale (washed, dried and tore into pieces without the stem)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Coarse Salt
Garlic Powder
3 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast

Toss kale (better if you massage them with your hands) in a big bowl with olive oil, coarse salt, a sprinkle of garlic powder and nutritional yeast. Spread the kale onto two rimmed baking sheets and bake it at 350°F for 10 – 12 minutes, making sure it doesn’t burn, and stirring it gently a couple of times.

Note from Linda: It takes time to find the right balance between heat and cooking times, depending on the oven. So don’t give up after the first try! You can start with plain Kale chips without adding the nutritional yeast. My kids, hubby included, love it!

You can drool over Linda’s blog, Le CuGine d’America. (No worries. It’s in English.)

Are you a supermom (or superdad!) that cares about good nutrition for all kids? 

For today’s Philanthropy Friday, I’m asking you to incorporate giving back into your life by tweeting, sharing this post or writing your own post to support global nutrition.

I wrote this post as part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls.

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  1. says

    I just took my daughter,Bubba for her annual checkup and her doctor is concerned about her weight. She isn’t overweight but she has gotten thick. I attributed it to a growth spurt because she was always slighly underweight as a baby. I’ve decided to eliminate certain things in her diet and start making more healthy choices for her. It will probably be tough,but her health is worth it. I support you and your mission to bring attention to malnourished children all over the world. Stopping by from #SITSsharefest

    • says

      The foods we eat make such a difference. It’s amazing how some subtle changes can make you feel so much better. It’s sad to think kids aren’t moving forward because they don’t have decent food to eat. Gives us some perspective, doesn’t it?

  2. says

    Hi Jen, great post.
    Thank you for featuring the Kale chips recipe on your post. It was hard to get my kids’ hands still to take the picture, they were impatient to eat them!
    Kale is one of my favorite veggies, in juices, smoothies, as side dish and salad!! Hope to see you soon!! Take care!

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