New York, NY - In a special back-to-school outing, Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass on Monday made a live appearance on NBC's Today show, discussing First Lady Michelle Obama's child obesity campaign and demonstrating four kid-friendly recipes, including an Easy Berry Smoothie made with fresh and frozen fruit.
"I think we’re seeing the country unite around our kids’ health," Kass told host Savannah Guthrie.
"We’re seeing preschool obesity rates starting to already come down, which we’re really excited about. Now we’ve got to get our youngsters in school and getting healthy."
Kass touted Let’s Move! Active Schools, Mrs. Obama's project "to really get kids active throughout the school day." The component defines an "active school" as one that incorporates physical activity for an hour into each school day, before, during or after school.
"Parents can really get involved if they go to letsmoveschools.org," Kass said. "They can sign up and help their schools make environments that will have their kids moving all day."
Kass' Easy Berry Smoothie is made with strawberries, raspberries, banana, low-fat milk, and honey. But the honey can be left out, Kass said, and he also offered a simple tip so families can easily lower food costs and save time.
"You can buy fruit when it's in season when it's cheaper, and freeze it," Kass said. "Then all you do is pop some in a blender."
The Smoothie is ideal for breakfast, Kass said, and suggested serving it to kids with whole wheat toast: "It’s as good as it gets."
CLICK HERE for links to the other recipes Kass demonstrated: An Egg and Potato Frittata, a Turkey Wrap with Hummus and Cheddar, and a Popcorn Snack. Check the sidebar for all White House recipes.
White House Easy Berry Smoothie
*1 Cup frozen Strawberries
*1 Cup frozen Raspberries
*1/2 frozen Banana
*1 Cup Milk
*1 Tbsp Honey
1. Put fruit in blender.
2. Add milk and honey, then mix. Pour into glasses to serve.
Makes two servings.
*Video and photos courtesy of Today show