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Milk: The Perfect Food

We all know that milk does the body good, but are your kids getting as much as they should? With a slew of nutritious elements, such as Calcium, Protein, Riboflavin, Vitamins A, D and B12, along with a host of other good-for-you nutrients, milk is a great way to help your kids grow strong bones, maintain their immune systems and convert food to energy.

Despite all the great things it has proven to do for our bodies, many kids simply refuse to drink milk. To help out, we’ve come up with some fun and easy ways to encourage your kids to drink more milk!

  • Make flavored milk! Chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, make the healthy drink more fun.
  • Warm up some milk and add a little honey and cinnamon to make a toasty before-bedtime drink.
  •  Smoothies! Blend up some fresh fruit and milk to make a great tasting and, of course, great-for-you treat.
  • Freeze milk and your favorite fruit to make healthy popsicles. You can even use different variations of milk like soy and almond!

Click here for more information on the benefits on milk, and let us know about your successes with serving your kids more milk on our Facebook page.

 

Avocado Ideas

Avocados are our food of the month and we’ve been gobbling up as many as we can get our hands on. We want to help you get out of the guacamole rut though, and are here with 3 unusual avocado ideas that can help you utilize this unique fruit!

This Avocado Pudding has a beautiful rich color.

Grilled Avocados with Mediterranean Salad make for a yummy recipe that is healthy too!

These Super Fudgy Avocado Muffins are vegan!

If you’re using avocados in your cooking, make sure to post pics to our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Most Refreshing Summer Drinks!

A cool refreshing drink is just what you need on these hot summer days! Try out these recipes – from Disney Family Fun- that are parent tested and Handstand Kids approved!

Lemonade with Berry Ice Cubes - this lemony, tangy drink gets sweeter, and prettier, as the cubes melt!

This Perfect Fruit Punch allows you to be a “mad scientist” and tailor the drink to be more tart or sweet depending on your taste preferences!

Try out this creamy and delicious Avocado Smoothie – featuring our Food of the month, Avocados!

What drinks are cooling you off this summer? Make sure to post to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Avocados all around!

We’ve already given out our awesome recipe for guacamole from the Handstand Kids mexican cookbook. However, if you’ve never eaten an avocado outside of the great green dip, try one of these recipes from AvocadoCentral.com. They’re super yummy and perfect for Handstand Kids to help with because they’re also easy to make.

Avocado and Red Potato salad will be a shake up to your traditional BBQ cookout food!

Antipasti Kabobs are a great treat for in between meal times or as a side to a main meal!

Enjoy your avocado recipes, because avocados are our Food of the Summer! Post your favorite avocado recipes to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

A Favorite HSK Recipe For KidSafe Seafood

In the next few days, you’ll be learning more about our Celebrity and Charity of the month, KidSafe Seafood.  In the meantime, check out Simone, of KidSafe Seafood’s favorite Handstand Kids’s seafood recipe!

Terrific Tilapia Tacos

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1½ pounds tilapia fish fillet
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • ½ small red onion
  • 2 limes
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salsa
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:
1. In the medium bowl, coat the fish with olive oil and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Squeeze 1 lime over the fish.
3. Chop the red onion and the cilantro. Dice the tomatoes. Place the onion, cilantro and tomatoes in separate small bowls and set aside.
4. Cut the other lime into wedges. Place the wedges into a small bowl and set aside.
5. Place one of the skillets over a medium-high heat, and cook the fish in it for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes with a fork.
6. Heat the tortillas by placing them in the other skillet over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until warm.
7. Assemble each taco by filling a tortilla with approximately ⅓ cup of fish and a teaspoon each of cilantro, tomato and onion. Squeeze a lime wedge over each taco. Add salsa to taste.

Enjoy!

Cricket’s Rainbow Rice

You must know by now that we just love Cricket Azima, our Celebrity Ambassador of the Month!

We’re dying to try Cricket’s Rainbow Rice recipe, featuring our food the month, the eggplant! Try it out and let us know how it goes!

RAINBOW RICE:

Serves 6
Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 2 blue potatoes
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 2½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Dice the onion, tomatoes, squash, peppers, potatoes, and eggplant, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large frying pan (that has a lid).
  3. Add the vegetables and cook for about 2 minutes (or until the vegetables are slightly tender).
  4. Add the rice to the pan and stir together.
  5. Pour the chicken stock into the pan and stir. When the stock starts to simmer, cover the pan with a lid. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is soft.
  6. While the rice is cooking, remove the cilantro leaves from the stems. Add the leaves to the pan and stir together.
  7. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with cheese and eat!

If you end up making rainbow rice, go ahead and take photos and post them on our facebook wall! We love to see families in the kitchen together!

HSK Food of the Month: Tomatoes!

This month we’re all about tomatoes. Whether you’re making a sandwich, an Italian treat, or Mexican food, tomatoes are a terrific staple! Enjoy our delicious and kid friendly Nacho recipe from our Mexican Cookbook Kit!

Mexican-ize My…Chips into Nachos, Serves 4 to 6, Level 1

Ingredients
1 large bag corn tortilla chips
1 15-ounce can refried pinto or black beans (frijoles)
2½ cups shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese (queso)
2 tomatoes (tomates)
1 cup salsa
1 cup guacamole
½ cup sour cream

Tools
Can opener
Cutting board
Casserole dish
Knife
Measuring cups
Small skillet

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Dice the tomates and set aside.
3. Pour the frijoles into a small skillet and heat over low heat until warm.
4. Place the chips in the casserole dish.
5. Pour the frijoles, queso and tomates over the chips and place the casserole dish in the oven. Bake until the queso melts (about 12 to 15 minutes).
6. After removing the casserole dish from oven, top the nachos with salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

Alternative
For a low-fat version, use reduced-fat queso, or cut the amount of queso in half and add 1 diced bell pepper.