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According 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.
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!
Gr8 Kale Chips
Bunch of Curly Kale (washed, dried and tore into pieces without the stem)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
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.