Learn that you are what you eat

girls with salad

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) A great program is teaching young people that healthy meals can be delicious and it’s fun to get moving!

“We Are What We Eat” is a healthy food and nutrition program through the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative. It is open to youth ages 14 through 21 living in the Kent County area. They meet with a dietitian, learn how to exercise, and how to cook healthy meals. One of the recipes is for healthy granola.

Healthy Granola

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup almonds (or other nuts, chopped)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup oil (coconut works really well)
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet and bake it in a 350 degree oven for about ten minutes. Let it cool and crumble it up.

The “We Are What We Eat” program is free. Anyone who wants to join can call Mona Guiton at (616) 248-1264 or email guytonm@michigan.gov. Sessions are offered now through August.

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