WHO: The mission of Louie’s Kids is to provide bi-weekly workouts, combined with nutrition education, throughout the tri-county area to families who could not otherwise afford a gym, recreation or athletic membership. In addition to helping kids and their families become and remain active Louie’s Kids also established a program called Run Buddies. Run Buddies pairs groups of kids, of all shapes and sizes with volunteer runners who want to encourage kids to run. The program culminates in a 5k or 10k in which the kids and their mentors participate.
WHAT: Goat Island Gatherings and Barrier Island Eco Tours will host the 5th Annual Hope on Goat fundraiser. This year’s fun filled event will support efforts by the Louie’s Kids program to spark students’ curiosity and engage them in issues beyond their own life boundaries. Attendees will enjoy local oysters over a hot open fire, delicious local fish stew, live music, silent auction and a children’s station with games and activities. Barrier Island Eco Tours will provide a boat ride to and from Goat Island Gatherings, a charming venue on a sea island surrounded by palm trees and salt marsh.
WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 2-6pm. Rain or shine, beach chairs and coolers welcome. No pets please.
WHERE: Goat Island Gatherings, Goat Island USA
Guests will meet at the Isle of Palms Marina located at 50 41st Avenue, Isle of Palms, SC 29451.
Barrier Island Eco Tours will provide boat shuttle to and from Goat Island throughout the entire event.
For more information about the 5th Annual Hope on Goat event please call (843) 568-4770 or 843-557-7675 or contact Morgan at Barrier Island Eco Tours. For more information on the Louie’s Kids program please contact Louis Yuhasz at (843) 343-5746 or contact Louis at Louie’s Kids.
Tickets are $45 each. Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction will go directly to Louie’s Kids. Get your tickets early, there are only 200 total tickets being sold for this special event!
Thank you for your generosity!
Happy March! Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?
I thought I’d spotlight a difficult area in making healthy choices: Tricky Healthy Foods.
Have you ever noticed how sometimes things that are supposed to be ‘healthy’ end up being far from it? It can be so confusing! I thought it might be important to talk about one of my favorite snack foods: yogurt.
Yogurt is AMAZING. The natural bacteria can help your digestive system, you can find healthy forms of it, it’s a way to get protein without meat, and it comes in all different textures and tastes. However, it can spiral out of control quickly. An appropriate yogurt for a growing child that is looking to improve their diet is one that is lowfat or fat-free and does not contain any of the junk foods on top or bottom. Now, what do I mean by this? There are some yogurts that have a granola or even candy on top of the container. That’s not a snack, that’s a sweet dessert. Also tricky is the main culprit : SUGAR. That wonderful five-lettered word. Did you know that ‘Fruit on the Bottom’ yogurt is just jelly? I can almost hear someone saying, “Not my yogurt, it’s made with fruit!” By legal definition, that just means that there must be some sort of fruit in that mixture. And if you think about it, you can’t have jelly without fruit right? But what you also cannot have jelly without is sugar. Those yogurts, the tiny little containers with fruit on the bottom, can have as much or MORE sugar than half of a soda. Crazy right?
-8 oz of Coca-Cola has 27 grams of sugar.
-Chobani Greek Pomegranate Yogurt: 19 grams of sugar. While some of this is natural sugar from milk, that’s still a lot for a little bit of yogurt.
So does this mean coke is okay? NO. Does this mean yogurt is bad? No. But we have to think about what kinds of foods we’re buying.
So what kinds would I recommend? I really love a non-fat plain yogurt. It actually tastes pretty good. And I adore 0% or non-fat Greek yogurt. However, I can’t eat Greek yogurt plain. I add blueberries, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla extract. Try flavors you like! And if you want to get a flavored yogurt, use a flavored yogurt where fruit is the ingredient and not syrup.
Hope this is helpful! Have a great week!,
It was a great day for Louie’s Kids at the recent LifePoint Race For Life at James Island County Park! Race organizers say they had the biggest turn out yet and the Louie’s Kids volunteers were there in full force! An amazing group of people came out to play interactive games with the kids as well as promote Louie’s Kids programs like Run Buddies, Free Family Workouts and our campaign to raise money during the Cooper River Bridge Run.
If you would like to get involved and volunteer there are lots of opportunities coming up in March! Check it out….
WHAT: Rugged Maniac 5k & Obstacle Course, WHERE: Boone Hall Plantation, WHEN: Saturday March 8th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
WHAT: The 5th Annual Hope On Goat Fundraiser for Louie’s Kids, WHERE: Isle of Palms Marina and Goat Island Gatherings, WHEN: Saturday, March 15th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
WHAT: 26th Annual Kids Fair, WHERE: Burke High School, WHEN: Sunday, March 23rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
WHAT: Cooper River Bridge Run/Kids Run and Wonderfest, WHERE: Hampton Park, WHEN: Friday, April 4th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Volunteers can come out for as little as a two hour shift for most of these events. If you are free any of these weekends and want to help out just visit www.louieskids.org and select GET INVOLVED. Just comment which events you want to volunteer for and I’ll get back to you ASAP to work out the details. If you are already a Louie’s Kids Volunteer, please email me directly, or contact us through the louieskids.org website. Thank you, Everyone, for your support in our mission, “Fighting childhood obesity one child at a time!”
One food I have come to love recently are chia seeds. These little tasteless seeds can hold 9 times their weight in water and can turn into a gel used in baked goods. The experts recommend you split the butter or oil in half and use the chia gel formed for the other half (this means chia seeds soaked in water). These seeds are also packed full of omega 3′s. Don’t like fish or don’t think you eat enough? Top these seeds in pudding, yogurt, or juice to help add omega 3′s to your diet. These seeds also contain calcium, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. And since they do not have a taste, they absorb the taste of whatever you put them in. For example, if you put them in fruit punch crystal light, that is what they will taste like and it is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them! From a nutritional standpoint, you shouldn’t over consume these though because they do contain 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates, and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals for every 2 tablespoons. Moderation is key. The fiber is also a great reason to include these into your diet, but remember, don’t over consume them. As I said in a previous post, most Americans do not get the amount of fiber needed per day in their diets. In some studies, chia seeds have been found to assist with weight loss because they help you feel full, but the weight loss concept has not been proven. I enjoy them topped in my Greek yogurt and also added to my crystal light drink for their added vitamins and minerals. There are many recipes found on the internet recently that include these seeds. Try some and see what you think! But remember, too much of a good thing does not make it a better thing, so these chia seeds need to be eaten in moderation as well as any other food.
Here are 2 recipes to try:
1)Lemon Chia Pudding
Developed by Alex Caspero, MA, RD
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons maple sugar*
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 large lemon, zest and juice
1 cup nondairy milk, such as coconut or almond milk
1⁄4 cup chia seeds
1. Blend together the olive oil, maple sugar, maple syrup, lemon zest and juice, and almond milk. Add chia seeds, whisk together and let sit for 15 minutes until gelled.
*Regular granulated sugar may be substituted for maple sugar.
2) Blueberry Chia Jam
Developed by Kathryn Scarlata, RDN
1 1⁄4 cup frozen wild blueberries
1 1⁄2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract*
1. In small saucepan over medium heat, add blueberries and maple syrup. Stir and cook the blueberry mixture for 10 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash blueberries.
2. Next, add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and continue to cook and stir for about 2 to 3 minutes or until blueberry mixture resembles a jam consistency. Remove from heat and blend in vanilla extract. Refrigerate and use within a week.
*Fresh, minced ginger or lemon juice also work well as flavoring agents in this jam.
Reading a food label can be tricky. But it is the key step in deciding if the food is worth consuming. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always good choices but when it comes to the cereal aisle, it can be a little intimidating. First look at the serving size. Does it say half a cup or a whole cup? Can you deal with eating this amount at breakfast? If you will eat more than the serving size, remember to double or triple the fat, sugar, carbohydrates, etc to accommodate for the amount you plan to consume. Next, look at the sugar and carbohydrates. Is the sugar over 15 grams? Is the sugar more than half of the carbohydrates? If you answered yes to both of these questions then the cereal is loaded with sugar. Shortly after sugar is ingested, our body sends out a burst of insulin to cover the sugar but the sugar actually turns into fat which can cause weight gain. What happens with sugar is exactly like the effects of heroin. (Scary huh!?) It signals our dopamine receptors, the feel good feeling we get from eating sweets, and then when the sugar has gone through our system, we crave more. It is a vicious cycle and if we just cut down on the amount of sugar we eat, this cycle won’t happen. I am not saying to cut it out completely, just choose healthier foods especially when dealing with yogurts, cereals, snacks, and desserts. It is possible! Anyone can do it whether you are a sugar addict or not. Next on the nutrition label, look at the vitamins and minerals list. Does it have them? If so, great! If not, it probably is not worth consuming. Next, look at the fiber. It has been found that the average American only consumes half of the recommended amount of fiber daily. For children, it is recommended for them to eat 14g of fiber per every 1,000 calories consumed. Fiber is found in a variety of foods. Whole grain cereals, oatmeal, flax seeds, granola bars, beans, nuts, wheat breads, fruits, and vegetables. Fiber is essential to the digestive process. It helps slow down the eating process and allows us to feel full since it is not broken down until it reaches the colon. Fiber also slows down the digestion of sugars in order to help regulate our blood sugar levels and help prevent the spike as I talked about earlier. Fiber keeps our stools soft and keeps our intestine moving in order to prevent cramping, bloating, and gas associated with constipation. To see the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for fiber, please see the website at the bottom of this post. As you can see, the nutrition label provides imperative information that can assist when purchasing food items. It may seem like a lot of information, but the more food labels you read and understand, the quicker and easier it will become during future grocery shopping trips. It will become second nature as it has to me!