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Growing healthy kids starts in the kitchen

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. In fact, one out of three kids are now considered obese. But one chef and mother says being healthy is a choice, even for kids.  (Source: Ivanhoe Newswire) Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. In fact, one out of three kids are now considered obese. But one chef and mother says being healthy is a choice, even for kids.  (Source: Ivanhoe Newswire)

SANTA CRUZ, CA (Ivanhoe Newswire/WTVM) –  Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. In fact, one out of three kids are now considered obese. A chef and mother says being healthy is a choice, even for kids. 

Chef Mo L’esperance says growing healthy kids starts in the kitchen, and it starts young. She began teaching her daughter Olive about healthy choices as soon as she was able to make them.

She says, “Once they get those habits ingrained, it’s going to be a lot easier to make it a lifelong process rather than telling them when they’re in 2nd or 3rd grade.”

L'esperance and her daughter are spearheading a garden at an elementary school in Santa Cruz, California. She wants everything grown to go straight into the cafeteria.

“I would like to focus away from making a hotdog as healthy as a hotdog can be and pushing them onto something else, like a cauliflower mac and cheese,” she explains.

At her restaurant, Suda, that is exactly what Olive ordered with a side of fruits and veggies.

L’esperance says, “It’s easy to make ahead, especially if you make your cheese sauce early and roast your cauliflower.”

All you have to do is mix it together and heat it up. If your kids do not like veggies, there are some tricks of the trade. Take your asparagus, and douse it with the secret sauce— orange juice concentrate.

L’esperance says, “It gives it a very sweet coating, but at the same time, they’re eating whole vegetables.”

And there you have it, some simple ways to grow healthy kids.

You can find the recipe for cheese cauliflower by clicking here. It is a recipe that can replace the calories and fat of the traditional meals with healthy vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, fiber and omega 3’s.

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