Kids in the Kitchen Move for Life!

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The Junior League of Chicago’s (JLC) Kids in the Kitchen committee has the opportunity to not only educate the children and families it serves, but also positively impact the lives of individuals by bringing new and innovative ways of preparing healthy meals. During one event, Kids in the Kitchen volunteered at the annual Move for Life! 2014 Festival, promoting health and fitness in Humboldt Park. The menu consisted of a variety of easy to prepare healthy snacks including trail mix, a healthier version of Mexican layer dip, and granola with Greek yogurt. The treats were well received by over 300 people who attended the event and the children were especially excited to prepare their own snacks.

As a member of Kids in the Kitchen, it’s exciting not only to introduce new foods people haven’t tasted before, but to also re-introduce foods in ways that people haven’t thought of before. During the Move for Life! event, we had the opportunity to do just that with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is packed with healthy properties, it is low in calories, and high protein, which is great for building muscle and feeling full. Greek yogurt is also a healthy source of calcium, which parents of growing boys and girls LOVE! It also doubles as a healthy doppelgänger for sour cream which, although delicious, can contain up to 23 calories of saturated fat in one tablespoon!

For the healthy Mexican layered dip, we added Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, and practically no one was able to tell the difference. Visitors couldn’t believe that something that tastes so great and so similar to sour cream can actually be healthy for them! With the texture and taste similarities, Greek yogurt is an excellent way to reduce unhealthy fats and calorie intake. Curious about this healthy spin on Mexican layered dip? Try it out for yourself!

Healthy Mexican Layered Dip

Ingredients:

Tortilla Chips

Salsa

Cheese

Guacamole/Avocado

Greek Yogurt

How to:

  1. Peel, pit, mash avocados in a small bowl – add lemon juice, salt, pepper and stir to combine
  2. Combine greek yogurt and taco seasoning mix in another bowl
  3. To assemble:
    • Spread avocado mixture across your bowl
    • Spread yogurt mixture over avocados
    • Sprinkle with salsa
    • Cover with grated low fat Mexican cheese
  4. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

 

Health Benefits:

  • Tomatoes and salsa supply essential nutrients increasing the nutritional content of your food. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, which can help fight infection and boost your immunity
  • Onions are also a healthy source of vitamin C
  • Lettuce supplies some fiber
  • Cheese has vitamin A, vitamin B, and contains calcium which has bone-strengthening power
  • Avocado contains heart-healthy unsaturated fats, fiber, and potassium
  • Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium, potassium, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12, containing lower the lactose and twice the protein of regular yogurts

 

By Anika Jackson

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