I love Thanksgiving because everything surrounding the holiday supports family togetherness and the spirit of gratitude. And while much of the preparation may be over the family meal, as a Together Counts™ Ambassador I know the memories will be made all day. Adding a little play into the mix can get everyone active and giggling. Here are some activities that can be added into the mix. You never know which
Just in time for Thanksgiving, this delicious, low-calorie pumpkin parfait from Together Counts partner Hungry Girl is a cinch to make for your family and friends. Enjoy your favorites while cutting calories this holiday season by whipping up smarter recipes with simple, no- or low-calorie ingredient swaps! For more lightened-up recipes, food finds, tips ‘n tricks, and more, sign up for free daily emails at hungry-girl.com. Hungry Girl’s Pumpkin Pie Parfait Entire
As a volunteer with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital ‘Young Leaders’ program, one of my favorite activities is ‘What is Energy Balance?’ using the recommended daily food plan from choosemyplate.gov, in the Healthy Habits Booklet. It’s a part of the Girl Scouts Wonders of Water (WOW) Journey. I enjoy this lesson because it is both informative and interactive. I always start by asking the girls what their favorite food is.
Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop! As a Together Counts™ Ambassador, my family and I have learned to embrace fall’s crisp days as an opportunity for more outdoor activities. Here are my 3 favorite ways to make the most of fall: Pumpkin Patch Whether you live where pumpkins really grow on the vine or if your pumpkins are trucked in, making an
Well, it’s over. Halloween has come and gone for another year. Time to put away the plastic jack-o-lanterns, take down the make-shift graveyard you constructed for the front yard, and try your best to get the overly large cobwebs from the front hedge. Once all that is done, there’s still the matter of all that candy. In the National Confectioners Association’s recent consumer survey, 81 percent of parents said that
Halloween may not be known for moderation – or balance, for that matter, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy “smart sweets” during the spookiest season of the year. For many parents, including a certain Together Counts™ Energy Balance Ambassador who shall remain nameless, this is an extremely difficult time of year to get the concepts of balance and moderation to cut through the non-stop spooktacular festivities. Fear not!
Chocolate, cake… For some, these are a special treat to have on occasion. But did you know you can still enjoy your favorite sweets while cutting calories? Together Counts partner Hungry Girl is always looking to whip up smarter recipes with ingredient swaps that will help you enjoy the food and drinks you love. The key is simply swapping in no- or low-calorie ingredients! Looking for something tasty tonight? Watch
Being a Together Counts™ Ambassador has inspired me to continually look for ways to actively involve my children in living a balanced lifestyle. One way to inspire children to make wholesome choices is to involve them in the process of selecting and cooking their own food. With the busy lives we all lead, it is easy to forget that so much of the food we eat grows from the earth, which
For a kid these days, there seems to be food offered at every turn. Birthday parties, class parties, sports teams, celebrations, etc. — you get the point. Having kids learn about moderation at a young age helps them make balanced choices in a world where food is available to them 24/7. They do not have to eat just because the food is there (i.e. soccer snacks, friend’s houses) — they
“How was your day?” … “Good.” Sound familiar? Sometimes we get an earful, and exciting recount of our kids’ days at school, but lots of times it’s just “good.” For this school year we are really focusing on making time and effort to inquire about our children’s days. As Together Counts™ Ambassadors, we understand the importance of togetherness and are making an effort to be closer to our families not