Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Chocolate Rasberry Smoothie

It’s summer and parents may have to leave for work before the kids are up. Part of your child’s job should be to make a healthy breakfast (“the most important meal”)! This recipe is so tasty, kids will be excited about having it for breakfast, snack or dessert.

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut or almond milk (in the natural foods section in a box)
  • 2 Tblsp. Protein powder (in the natural foods section —choose either whey or soy protein)
  • ½ banana, fresh or frozen (bananas can be peeled, halved and frozen so they are always ready for smoothies)
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and whiz! If too thick add milk or water to thin.
  2. Pour into a glass. Rinse out the blender right away.

Creating Fitness Traditions

A family tradition. Those words inspire a warm feeling. One of my favorite family traditions involves a bike ride that captures the essence of family, activity and our glorious Wisconsin northwoods.

As a young man I spent many summers as a camp counselor in northern Wisconsin. I developed a bond with kids and the northwoods. I love the sound of the loon, the northern lakes and the majesty of ancient pine forests. I wanted to share that same experience with my children.

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Summer Hazards: Ticks, Bug Bites, And a Burned Backside


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As he introduced me to the beauty of nature, I secretly panicked at the thought of all the ticks, mosquitoes and black flies just waiting to take a bite.

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Fun in the Sun

When you’re getting ready to leave the house, you always make sure you have your keys, your wallet or purse, anything your children might need — but do you make sure you also have your SPF on?

Early summer is a great time to review the the in’s and out’s sun protection and why it could be one of the most important ways you can protect your kids.

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It’s Our Birthday!

It’s our birthday! One year ago we launched Growing Up Healthy. And we’re glad you’re here to help us celebrate.

We love birthdays as much as the next one year old. The presents. The party. The cake. Did you know, kids can also make a difference when they have a birthday?

By joining the Peter Pan Birthday Club, rather than gifts, kids request monetary donations to American Family Children’s Hospital. When they make a donation, the Peter Pan Children’s Fund will send the hospital an additional $100 in honor of the donation.

The Peter Pan Children’s Fund encourages kids around the world to help make a difference for others. If your kids would like to participate, it’s as simple as filling out a form and then having a party. And when they do, they’ll also receive an official Peter Pan Birthday Club Certificate and Order of Pan crest pin.

Learn more about the Peter Pan Birthday Club

While we were making plans to celebrate our special day, we did a little surfing for some new ideas. There’s so many great ones out there for unique birthday party themes, we decided to make a board on our Pinterest page and share with you.

Check out our Happy Birthday board on Pinterest

Our friends in the Pediatric Fitness Clinic are particularly fond of the “All-Fruit Cake”. We’re partial to the beach party with a watermelon “sand bucket”. Make your kids’ next birthdays ones they won’t forget and check out some of the great ideas.

Also to say thanks for following our blog during our first year,  we’re giving away an American Family Children’s Hospital gift bag filled with goodies to a lucky blog subscriber. Subscribe today to get Growing Up Healthy delivered to your inbox.

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