A Recipe for Good Health

April 23, 2012

As my experience working with 4-H members continues, I am finding myself learning new things that I used to overlook every day. My partner, Rachel, and I have found that a big problem with childhood obesity is not only inactivity, but also the kinds of food that are stocked in their pantries and refrigerators.

When it comes to grocery shopping, a lot of families are in a rush and go for the box and bagged snacks that seem healthy and affordable. However, that box of Special K strawberry bars that advertises “90 calories” is not all that good for you. The tiny granola bars inside actually have 2.5 teaspoons of sugar per serving. It also falsely advertises  “0 g of trans fat” and “100 % whole grain.” There also is a lack of real fruit. All of these bad things for our bodies are just in one tiny 90-calorie granola bar. A person is better off eating a 240-calorie peanut butter Power Bar that has less sugar and is a good source of calcium.

As a result of false advertisement, and the hectic lifestyles we all live, Rachel and I have decided to construct a recipe book for the 4-H members and other kids. The recipe book will consist of about ten easy recipes that kids could make as an after-school snack. Each recipe will also have a fun fact at the beginning of each recipe, which will correspond with an ingredient in the recipe that follows. At the end of the recipe book, there will be a few pages based on the new food analysis, My Plate. We thought this was something important to include so that kids can have fun cooking while learning about how food affects the body, too. Our goal in creating this recipe book is to help kids learn to eat healthy at a young age, giving them skills that will stay with them all of their lives.

Student Blog: Kelly Stoner '14

Kelly Stoner

I am currently a sophomore studying Nutrition with a focus in Dietetics. My hometown is Trumbull, which is in the southern part of Connecticut. I have been blessed to grow up with the best of both worlds of the quiet, calm water, and the up-beat action of New York City a short train ride away.

One of the reasons I chose to come to UNH was because of its location. When I came to visit it, I instantly loved the campus. It isn’t too big, and you can get from one side of campus to the other side within 10 minutes. I also fell for Portsmouth. Since Durham is a rural town, it’s nice to get off campus and go to the water-bound, restaurant-filled, shopping town of Portsmouth.

Another reason I chose UNH was because of my major, Nutrition. I had always wanted to be a chef, but as I got older I learned the long hours, and fluctuating schedules, were not for me. I knew I still wanted to work with food and people, and that’s when nutrition came along. Two professions I am interested in are pediatrics (working with kids and their diets) or being a nutritionist for athletes.