The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth opened our doors of the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs to all children and families in the community, for free activities for Healthy Kids Day. Over 60 children participated in a collection of fun activities while learning about the joys of living a healthy, active lifestyle.

Kids put their taste buds to the test at our Blindfolded Healthy Taste Test trying raw, flavourful foods such as dates, pineapple, unsalted sunflower seeds and feta cheese. They learned about emotional health by matching key words to images of different emotional states. They also jumped, skipped, and practiced balancing and gross motor skills as they moved through our Healthy Kids Obstacle Course in record times! Healthy snacks were provided for everyone, including fresh-made Berry Blast smoothies! We were also joined by local Registered Dietician and Digestive Health Specialist, Nicole Marchand of Eat Well, Halifax.

Nicole talked to us about the importance of understanding how our eating habits affect our overall health and can help reduce risk of disease. She also brought some of her delicious Homemade Energy Drops for us to try and even shared the recipe, which is provided below. The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth would like to thank all of the volunteers who donated their time on Saturday to make this Healthy Kids Day event possible. To learn more about YMCA Healthy Kids Day visit or your local YMCA location today!

Homemade Energy Drops

Makes about 12 drops

Total time: 10-15 minutes


1 cup pitted dates

1 cup rolled oats

½ cup natural nut/seed butter (peanut, almond, sunflower seed, etc.)

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup sunflower seeds (or seeds of choice)

¼ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup shredded coconut + shredded coconut for rolling


  • Blend 1 cup of oats with 1 cup of dates in a blender or food processor.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add nut/seed butter, dried cranberries, seeds and chocolate. Mix all ingredients well. Add coconut and mix again. The coconut will make the batter less sticky and easy to handle.
  • With hands, firmly form the batter into small ¼ cup balls (1 small handful) and roll ball in coconut and transfer to the fridge to set.
  • Enjoy as a healthy snack!

Keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 1 week.