In 1878, Rutherford B. Hayes hosted the first annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Since then the tradition lives on. On the Monday after Easter children litter the White House lawn to participate in the historic tradition. This year was no exception. However, doubtfully did President Hayes participate in a push-up contest during the celebration, but he wasn’t married to Michelle Obama.
Mrs. Obama and family put their own spin on this year’s event. To keep with the theme of her “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move” campaign, yesterday’s activities promote many ways to get children moving and help counter childhood obesity.
More than 30,000 people attended yesterday’s festivities including the entire first family. President Obama was present with his wife, daughters, mother-in-law, and even their dog. (more…)
The good news? Lean, bone-in ham is pretty healthy to begin with. One 3-ounce serving runs around 160 calories with 3 grams of fat and 17 grams of protein. However, the salt is where it can get you, with a single serving containing anywhere from 900-1250mg of sodium.
So with this in mind, keep your serving sizes in check when you’re loading up your plate this Easter: 3-4 ounces of meat per person, or about the size of your palm. And be sure to drink lots of water and keep the contents of your meal as a whole as balanced as possible. (more…)
During this Easter weekend you may be spending time with your kids and family and what better way to have fun together than with exercise!
This weekend, we have been inspired by the Easter bunny so we are going to combine cardio and plyometrics with a fun Easter theme.
If you haven’t heard of plyometrics, it’s a type of exercise designed to produce fast, powerful movements. It also helps improve the functions of the nervous system. It is also referred to as explosive exercises.
These activities will be particularly useful if you’re looking for ways to help your kids come down from their sugar highs from all those goodies the Easter bunny left behind.
And as always, make sure everyone has gone through a good warm up before doing these exercises. For great ideas on how to warm up, refer to the ‘Also Read’ section below.
This is probably best to do outside, or where there is plenty of room and no risk of running into something. The Bunny Hop is a spin off of a plyometrics exercise. While standing, you jump forward several times, covering 20-30 yards.
To make this fun with the kids and family, tell them to jump like a ‘bunny’ to the finish line. (more…)
Once the feast is over, you may have some leftovers you are planning on saving for later. Even though storing food is not exactly rocket science, I am going to let you in on some tricks and tips you may not have known so your food stays safe and delicious.
Your ham, lamb, potatoes and other cooked dishes need to be refrigerated within two hours of serving. Before you store it, carve the meat off any bones.
Also make sure you divide the leftovers into smaller containers. The shallower containers will help the food cool quicker.
For your ham, make sure you sliced it into smaller pieces before storing. You can refrigerate it for 3-4 days, it can can stay in the freezer for up to 4 months.
If you have cooked a rack of lamb, it can also stay in the fridge for 3-4 days. If you want to put it in the freezer make sure you put it in airtight freezer bags or tightly wrap with heavy duty aluminum foil. (more…)
Kids are no different than adults, and it doesn’t take much for their lunch to become pretty same-ole-same-ole. Another Tuesday, another turkey sandwich. We’ll admit, making 365 lunches every year can be pretty monotonous for the preparer and the eater, so take inspiration where you can.
This week, surprise your little love bunnies with a lunch hidden inside plastic Easter eggs. It’s kind of a fun spin on a Bento-style lunch, and will no doubt make them feel very special when they see what’s inside!
This lunch idea works well to get them excited about the Easter holiday on Sunday, or to make the fun last a little longer in lunches packed following the holiday weekend.
Start by getting about a dozen plastic Easter eggs. We used a smaller size, but any will work. While you certainly don’t have to, filling their lunch pail with Easter grass makes it a lot more festive and obviously makes a safe nest for all of the eggs.
Then, organize the foods you want to put inside each egg. Keep size in mind; for instance a cheese stick won’t fit but chopping it in to bite-sized pieces will. You’re not too limited in what you can put inside; although, chicken soup and applesauce probably aren’t going to work! We made a pretty filling lunch with foods we already had: grapes, strawberries, peas, cheese, grilled chicken, olives, and sweet peppers. (more…)