The first time I saw a hungry child I thought my heart would break. You don’t have to look far to see it but I’ve seen chronic hunger and it’s a different face than anything I’ve ever experienced in the United States. That’s why I’m sharing this post as a part of my work with Mom Bloggers for Social Good Global Team of 200 to raise awareness for Save the Children’s Nutrition Campaign.
Next week global leaders, including President Obama will be meeting in London for the G8 Summit. I am someone who firmly believes global nutrition deserves a spot on their agenda. Save the Children’s latest report, Food for Thought, highlights that 165 million children around the world are chronically malnourished. Malnourishment can lead to some expected impacts like stunted growth but did you know;
- malnourished children score lower on tests and are nearly 20% less likely to be able to read by age 8
- childhood malnutrition cuts future earnings by at least 20%
- current childhood malnutrition could cost the global economy $125 billion dollars by the time today’s children grow up
Hunger is not just a problem in the far flung corners of the world. No, some 13 million children in the United States live in homes with limited access to a sufficient food supply. It should be a priority of everyone, and especially those in positions of power, to ensure the world’s children have a reliable, and consistent source of nutrition.
Nutrition doesn’t just mean eating anything, it’s important that children are fed a well balanced, nutrient dense diet. While I am blessed to have food to feed my family, I do struggle when my boys, and especially my youngest, reject the foods they most need to eat. So, today I’m also sharing 8 Gr8 healthy recipes for kids. Most of these are hands-on, meaning kids can help. If kids help make it, they’re much more likely to eat it!
Kids can help mix up the meatballs, roll them out and arrange in the tajine.
Little balls of corn grains make this dish fun to look at and eat. Served communally, it adds to the appeal.
This is an easy, low-cost, and healthy recipe to prepare. The real fun for kids comes with filling their sandwich with chicken and toppings.
Soup is one of the most economical meals to make. Chicken soup is world known for its’ healing powers. I promise your kids will love this!
A snack you can feed your kids that is good for them too! Spices like turmeric, ginger, and cumin have health benefits! Tons of flavor – no junk!
While these do have sugar in them, you’ll get close to 50 small cookies from a single batch. My kids can’t get enough of them!
Whole grain oats, spices, and nuts – you’ll never buy granola again. This is a healthy low-cost breakfast and snack option.
What kid isn’t going to love green juice? They don’t have to know this is full of good vitamins. It’s between us.
If you would like to show your support for this cause you can send a tweet to encourage leaders to pay attention, and yes they do listen when there are enough voices! You can also read Save the Children’s Food for Thought report for the latest information on world child hunger.
[tbpquotable] @whitehouse let’s make sure all kids get healthy food in their #next1000days so they can reach their full potential. #Nutrition4Growth[/tbpquotable]
Disclaimer: I am a part of the Global Team of 200 Moms. Each month I will be highlighting organizations and causes to spread awareness about global issues of importance. I am not compensated in any way for this post.