The impact of the obesity epidemic can be felt nationwide, and its not just adults who have succumbed to the extra pounds. Severe childhood obesity has increased more than 70% over the last 15 years, especially in the Mexican-American population (Academic Pediatrics, 2009). Children need explanations and encouragement. One of the most eﬀective ways of encouraging nutritious eating in children is for the whole family to make adjustments in their eating habits. Try to establish regular meal times, serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks, and make sure they have positive role models to learn from. There is no quick ﬁx to America’s obesity epidemic, however, one family at time — striving to make a diﬀerence, will result in positive change. Please see below for a healthy, satiating snack recipe that will keep your kids on the right track. For more information on how to help your child ﬁght obesity, visit Sarita’s Sensations. Homemade Peanut Butter *Makes approximately one cup* Ingredients
- 1 cup roasted, shelled peanuts
- 1 ½ teaspoons peanut oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place ingredients in a blender, and blend until mixture becomes a spreadable texture. If necessary, stop and scrape the sides of the blender, and continue blending until you reach the desired consistency.
- For crunchy peanut butter, add ¼ cup chopped, roasted peanuts after blending is completed.