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Language Lesson: Cucumbers

The cucumber or cucumis sativus is a widery cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine which bears cylindrical edible fruit when ripe. We wanted to take the day to give you a quick language lesson. Try saying “cucumber” in these different languages:

Spanish - pepino

German – gurke

French – concombre

When you’ve mastered all of these words, try them out in the following recipes:

Spanish Cucumber Salad from About.com is a perfect dish for a warm day – light, tasty and refreshing!

Gurkensalat from AllRecipes.com is a traditional German favorite.

This French cucumber recipe from Food.com was a favorite of legendary chef Julia Child.

If you like our cucumber lesson today, let us know on our Facebook or Twitter!

Chocolate Improves Health

So, chocolate can improve health and boost weight loss.  This is something we can get behind!  We learned about 10 terrific health benefits chocolate provides from this Huffington Post Healthy Living article and would like to share them with all of you!

  1. Chocolate decreases risk of stroke.
  2. Chocolate can boost heart health.
  3. Chocolate is filling!
  4. Chocolate may protect against Diabetes.
  5. Chocolate protects your skin.
  6. Chocolate can soothe bad coughs.
  7. Chocolate helps boost your mood!
  8. Chocolate improves blood flow.
  9. Chocolate can improve eyesight.
  10. Chocolate enhances brain activity.

Who’s craving chocolate now? We are!!

Healthy Foods To Fill You Up

We’re constantly struggling with finding the right snacks that will also keep us from continuously munching.  We found this article from Everyday Health featuring the 10 most filling healthy foods and wanted to share these with you!

  1. Sweet prunes – this high fiber food is a favorite or ours!
  2. Nuts – we love almonds and nuts of all kinds, but be sure to keep your intake to a minimum.
  3. Vegetables – you know we LOVE veggies.  They’re low in calories and super filling.
  4. Oatmeal – this is one of our favorite ways to start our day.
  5. Soup – eating soup before your entree, typically means you’ll eat less of your huge meal.
  6. Dips – eat a low cal dip like hummus with your veggies when snacking.
  7. Lean proteins – eating lean proteins will not only give you energy, but will keep you full longer.
  8. Beans and legumes – this high protein food is terrific for snacking and meals, alike.
  9. Potato skins – we absolutely love the high-fiber ‘tater skins! Plus they give our bakers an extra crunch.
  10. Fresh fruit – a bowl of berries or a whole peach, is a terrific healthy and rejuvenating snack.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? Tell us about it on our Facebook wall.

Learn About KidSafe Seafood

It’s March, which means it’s time to introduce you to our new Charity of the Month, KidSafe Seafood! We absolutely love what this initiative is all about!

The KidSafe Seafood program highlights the connections between ocean and human health to promote a better understanding of what species and which quantities of seafood are best for children to eat. The program encourages parents to diversify their children’s diets with a variety of environmentally friendly seafood options.

KidSafe Seafood educates and empowers families to engage in sustainable lifestyles that advance both ocean and human health.

Do your children eat a lot of seafood? What types? Tell us about it on our Facebook wall!

Wanting Warmth

We’ve been extra chilly lately and have been filling up on soups and stews for extra warmth!  Trying to stay warm with your kiddos?  Stay indoors one afternoon, bundle up, and start cooking!

Our winter suggestion:

Mamma Mia Minestrone from the Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook Kit!

Serves 6, Level: 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) of red beans
  • 1 can (12 ounces) of whole peeled tomatoes (Pomodori)
  • 1 yellow onion (cipolla)
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 cups of green beans
  • 2 chopped tomatoes (Pomodori)
  • 2 cups of zucchini
  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 2 cups of celery
  • 1 quart of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3 quarts of water
  • Salt and Pepper (sale e pepe)
  • 2 cups of macaroni (maccheroni)
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (Parmigiano)

Tools:

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Soup Pot
  • Measuring Cup
  • Oven Mitts
  • Wooden Spoon

Instructions:

  1. Chop the vegetables and potatoes into bite size pieces.
  2. Place all the ingredients, except the maccheroni and parmigiano, into the soup pot on the stove on a high heat setting.
  3. When the water boils, pour in the maccheroni while wearing oven mitts and let it cook for 30 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Spoon the soup into bowls and sprinkle with parmigiano.
  5. Enjoy!

Alternative: For a heartier soup, add a handful of cooked meatballs to the soup pot 5 minutes before the soup is ready.

If you end up making your own minestrone, be sure to post photos on our facebook wall!

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!

New Year’s Resolutions At Handstand Kids

We’re taking our New Year’s Resolutions pretty seriously this year!

Yvette Garfield, founder of Handstand Kids, wants to do this in the new year:
-Try more exotic fruits
-Have a friends potluck dinner once a month

Ruth Lerdahl, Yvette’s right-hand-woman, aims to do these things in the new year:
-Go hiking
-Volunteer in her neighborhood
-Explore new areas of Los Angeles and California
-Hear more live music
-Plan more get-togethers with friends

Have you come up with yours yet? Happy almost 2012!

Yvette Stops By Southern Living

Yvette stopped by Southern Living earlier this month! Watch the video below for some holiday cooking tips. Don’t forget to get your kiddos in the kitchen with you this holiday season!

Thanks for watching, ya’ll!

Five Healthy Dessert Alternatives

We’ve been cooking up a storm, and we’ve been making it sweet! The trouble with desserts, as you know, is that they’re typically full of unwanted calories. We’re firm believers in indulging, but believe that sweets should be eaten in moderation.

Here are five healthier alternatives to some of our favorite treats:
1. Instead of brownies try SMORES. Make them using the lower calorie version graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate!
2. Instead of a McDonald’s McFlurry, try making your own small SUNDAE with sorbert, a banana and fruit toppings!
3. Instead of regular ol’ chocolate cake, make CHOCOLATE MOUSSE using Sugar Free or Lite Cool Whip and raspberries for the topping!
4. Instead of loading up on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, make CHOCOLATE DIPPED FRUIT using whatever fruit you love most (bananas, raspberries, apples, strawberries, etc.)!
5. Instead of sugary cupcakes, make MARSHMALLOW POPS using a popsicle stick, a marshmallow that you’ve covered in chocolate and drizzle it with nuts!

Let us know if you try any of these alternatives! Enjoy!

Our Very Own Soup Expert

Did you know that Yvette Garfield, founder of Handstand Kids, made the news last week with her soup of choice? Check it out here on the Sierra Club website.

 

Today, Yvette and her chosen soup were featured on The Huffington Post! Be sure to click through and of course, try her eco-soup suggestion!

Happy slurping!