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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Bring the Family Together With Healthy Pizza Recipes

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This month we are marking the second annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM). According to HealthierKidsBrighterFutures.org, “More than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic. While obesity rates have soared among all age groups in this country, obesity is a particularly grave concern for children.”

Concerned parents can help be proactive about childhood obesity by first providing and implementing healthier meals for kids. It is also important to include your kids' input into meals and make them fun.

There are lots of ways to eat healthy and still enjoy some of your favorite foods. Make mealtime family time and it will be easier to monitor your kids intake and food choices.

In fact, according to Kidshealth.org, “Family meals are a comforting ritual for both parents and kids. Children like the predictability of family meals and parents get a chance to catch up with their kids. Kids who take part in regular family meals are also: more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and grains; less likely to snack on unhealthy foods; less likely to smoke, use marijuana, or drink alcohol.”

I cannot think of a food that brings a family together more than pizza. I am not talking takeout either. I am talking about implementing one of America’s favorite foods as part of your food repertoire. Below are some of my favorite pizza-based recipes:

• 1/4 Cup of Ricotta Cheese
• ¼ Cup of tomato sauce
• 2 Egg
• 2 Eggwhites
• ½ cup of thawed frozen spinach
• 1/8 cup of grated Mozarella Cheese
• 1 tbsp. of Parmesan Cheese
• Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Beat eggs and eggwhites. Add cheeses and mix well. Cook and drain spinach well. Add spinach to egg/cheese mixture. Divide mixture evenly into muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Serving size two cups.

• 1 Egg
• 2 Eggwhites
• ¼ Cup of tomato sauce
• 1 cup of mushrooms
• 1 tbsp. of Parmesan cheese
• 2 tbsp. of Mozarella cheese

Spray skillet with olive oil cooking spray.

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