It’s been five years since First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move, the national campaign aimed at raising a generation of healthier kids, and in recognition of this major milestone, Michelle and Barack Obama announced Monday the #GimmeFive movement. The movement simply asks people around the country, including kids, parents and a few celebrities, to share five healthy habits.
Well, here at the Dry Pea and Lentil Council, we share the First Lady’s passion for getting nutritious foods – like dry peas, lentils and chickpeas – into schools… but we’ve also got a sweet tooth! Luckily, we stay healthy with these five hacks for making healthier versions of all our favorite desserts:
- Add lentils or lentil puree to cookies, cakes and pies for added protein, fiber and nutrients. Try this recipe for Chocolate Chip Lentil Cookies.
- Add pea protein to your favorite smoothie or milkshake – find it in the supplements section of your grocery store, and just add a scoop to the mix with your other smoothie ingredients!
- Use mashed chickpeas to make an extra-moist, delicious cake batter, like this Lemony Chickpea Cake.
- Use No-Nut Butter to make a lower-sugar, low-allergen frosting base. The frosting from these Maple-Glazed Gingerbread Cupcakes can be used to top any of your favorite cake or cupcake recipes!
- Add split pea puree to breads and cakes for a boost of iron, folate and antioxidants! Start with this recipe for the Best Ever Nut Bread.
What are your five healthy habits?