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Meet Anya, Our Handstand Kid of the Month

Meet Anya, a bubbly, adorable young lady who LOVES to cook! Anya made our Leaning Tower of Eggplant from the Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit and added tomatoes, for her own special touch.

Watch this video to learn how to make your own Leaning Tower of Eggplant, featuring our food of the month, the eggplant. We think Anya did a great job!

And guess what? Anya enjoyed the dish so much, she just HAD to dance! Thanks Anya for sharing this with us!

Handstand Kids All Over The Web

Hi friends!

As you may have noticed by now, we love building relationships with mommy bloggers and industry experts!  Through many of our relationships, these bloggers can offer you amazing giveaways of our kits along with their reviews and delicious recipes!

We wanted to share a few of these review/giveaways and holiday gift guides with you! Enjoy and please, let us know what you think!

  • Inrandom review of our Mexican Cookbook Kit and giveaway here. (Ends 11/30/11)
  • Jewish Scene Magazine “Hot Hanukah Gifts That Give Back” gift guide here.
  • Splash Magazines Holiday Gift Guide featuring our Italian Cookbook Kit here.
  • Kids Safe Seafood features our Spring-a-licious Rolls here
  • Kids Safe Seafood features our Terrific Tilapia Tacos here
  • Kids Safe Seafood features our Shrimp & Chips Into Nachos here.




Meet Our November Handstand Kid of the Month: Madison

It’s November and that means a new Handstand Kid of the Month.  We fell in love with Madison, an almost four-year-old, who loved her first cooking experience. Madison made lasagna from our Italian Cookbook Kit and added one of her favorite vegetables, mushrooms, for extra flavor.

Isn’t Madison just the cutest little chef?!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day!

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

We all scream for ice cream.  Here are some tips on how to add some nutritional value to this classic indulgence.  (And wow your taste buds).

Typical ice cream toppings are pure sugar – rainbow sprinkles, hot fudge, caramel sauce – sugar on top of sugar. Try balancing out ice cream’s sweetness with a tangy or salty topping.

For that sweet and salty combo, try topping your favorite flavor with dry roasted peanuts, almonds, pistachios, or walnuts.

For a tangy fruity topping, use frozen mixed berries (avoid bottled “fruit” topping as it is mostly sugar and chemicals).  Add a tiny amount of sugar and lemon juice to the frozen berries, heat in a sauce pan, and serve!

Also, try mixing up textures!  Here’s a crunchy topping that compliments creamy ice cream:

Toasted Coconut Topping

Toast a cup of shredded coconut in the oven at 300 degrees until the coconut is golden brown. Grind 2 oz. of peanuts or any of your favorite nuts in a food processor. Put one cup of any multigrain flakes or plain corn flakes in a food storage bag, seal it and crush the flakes so you have very small pieces. Combine the coconut, nuts, and cereal and sprinkle on top of your favorite ice cream.

Read more here.

Finally, buy ice cream with fewer ingredients – this means less added corn syrup, chemicals and preservatives.  Try Haagen Dazs FIVE ice cream.  This series comes in has only five ingredients, and is lower in fat and sugar than a lot of ice creams without the added chemicals of typical “diet” ice creams. Haagen Daza FIVE currently has six flavors: caramel, strawberry, lemon, mint, coffee, vanilla bean, and milk chocolate.  All are amazingly creamy and flavorful.



What’s The Deal With Sugar?

A recent post on the food blog SlashFood.com states that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of refined sugar every day.  If you picture 22 teaspoons of granulated sugar that seems nearly impossible. If you were to add up all the soda, candy bars, jam, ice cream, and cookies you consume in a single day, we’d assume the average American consumes even more.

We all know that sugar is high in calories and lacks nutritional value.  But recent studies suggest that sugar is not only physically addictive, but it can actually be harmful to our health.

The New York Times published an article in August entitled “Is Sugar Toxic?“ The article associates excessive sugar consumption with common ailments like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.  This supports recent diet trends like the Paleo Diet, which argues that the only sugars that humans are meant to consume (and that is not harmful to our health) are natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables.

Handstand Kids uses natural sugar substitutes in many or our recipes (check out the Lemon Sunshine cupcakes from a recent post).  Here are some ideas for how to cut refined sugar in your cooking:

- Substitute refined granulated sugar in any recipe for honey or agave syrup. Agave has a mild taste, is even sweeter than sugar, and has a low glycemic index, meaning it doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels

- Cut added sugar in baked goods and substitute with apple sauce, mashed up banana, or raisins.


Handstand Kids Celebrate National Cupcake Week!

Terrific news! This week is National Cupcake Week and we’ve got a delicious and fun cupcake recipe for you try out with your little ones!

Lemon Sunshine Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes.
Level 2

Ingredients for Honey-Kissed Cupcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup honey or agave
1/3 cup low-fat milk
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup olive oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Ingredients for Lemon Cream Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ teaspoon sea salt

Muffin trays
Muffin liners
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
2 medium bowls
Wooden spoon
Electric beater
Spoon or piping bag

Instructions for Honey-Kissed Cupcakes:
1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin trays with cupcake papers.
2) In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a large bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour into dry ingredients; whisk until just mixed.
3) Pour batter into muffin trays; fill each paper 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Instructions for Lemon-Cream Frosting:
1) Beat all ingredients in a medium bowl with a wire whisk or electric beater until smooth. Chill until firm enough to frost; apply to cupcakes with a spoon or piping bag.

Handstand Kids has a Theme Song!

Handstand Kids Theme Song

That’s right, the Handstand Kids have their own theme song! Click the link above to download and then share with your little ones for a fun afternoon of cooking!

Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend full of food and fun!

Handstand Kids in Atlanta

Watch Glenford cook!

Watch Glenford cook!

We recently made a trip to Atlanta and loved teaching kids like Glenford how to cook from a recipe. Click on the photos above to enjoy the demonstration!

Healthy Snacking: Vending Machines Wise Up

If you’ve been following the blog, then you’ve probably noticed that we take healthy eating and cooking pretty seriously. We fully believe that it’s nearly impossible to raise children who love healthy food if they aren’t given the option. When we saw this, we just had to share it with all of you.

That’s right, there’s a new vending machine sheriff in town, Fresh Healthy Vending. The company is trying to outfit office buildings and schools with vending machines that contain nothing but healthy, 100% natural snacks. They’re trying to include organic, preservative free, choices wherever they can as well.

We just love knowing that there are convenient and healthy options for parents and their children, alike. Read more here.

Glenford Makes Fish Tacos!

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