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Fit and Fun for the Summer!

Summer sun can mean lots of outdoor lounging, but don’t let the light go to waste! Take this time to encourage your kids to get moving in the fresh outdoor air. Recent studies from CBC News show that children may be more physically active when their friends run and jump more. That means getting a gang together to engage in some activity will encourage them to be more active on a regular basis. Kids in peer groups that included others who were physically active were six times more likely to change their activity levels. Swimming, roller blading and skateboarding are a few fun group activities to get your kids’ energy levels up but why not play these fun biking games from Family Fun to put a little excitement into biking?

TIGHTROPE TOLLBOOTH

Using the side of a piece of sidewalk chalk, draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot-long chalk line on the sidewalk or driveway and challenge bikers to keep both wheels on the line at all times. Up the ante by giving each rider a penny and placing an empty soup can near the line’s midpoint. The player who can drop the penny in the can and successfully complete the course is king or queen of the road.

RIDE THE LINE

Draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot curving line and use a stopwatch to time riders. The rider who can stay on the line and complete the course the fastest wins.

After all of that activity, you’ll want to make sure that they stay refreshed and hydrated. Handstand Kids love the outdoors, but they’ll always find their way back to the kitchen. Try making this fun summer recipe from the Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook with them in between play times!

 

Year of the Monkey Mango Smoothies

Ingredients

6 ounces silken tofu, drained

1 medium banana, peeled and cut in half

1 mango

1/4 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (optional)

2/3 cup soy milk

1 tablespoon honey

4 ice cubes

Tools

Cutting board

Knife

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Fine grater

Blender

Tall drinking glasses

Instructions

1. Cut the mango by placing the mango with one flat side resting on the cutting board. Slice the mango lengthwise along the flat side next to the seed. Turn mango over and repeat on the other side. You will have 2 halves of the mango with pulp inside. Carefully cut lengthwise through the mango pulp down to the skin, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn sideways and cut lengthwise again until you have a cross-hatch pattern. Turn the mango inside out using your thumbs to press the pulp outwards. Carefully slice out the diced pulp by cutting between the cubed mango pulp and the skin. Discard the skin and seed.

2. Place banana, mango, tofu, soy milk, and ginger, if using, into the blender. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.

10. Add the honey and ice cubes and blend again until smooth.

11. Pour into 2 frosty tall drinking glasses. Enjoy!

Alternative

Add 2/3 cup plain yogurt if tofu is not available.

Got a favorite summer activity? Post a picture of you and your kids getting physical to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!

 

Tomatoes are Tops!

Summer’s perfect weather lets us finally go outside after a long winter! Why not add some new activities into the mix by planting a summer garden? Gardening can be fun and easy and of course you can use what you grow in the kitchen! Tomatoes are a staple that many everyone enjoys and these growing tips from eHow.com that are specially designed for kids!

Materials:
• Tomato seeds
• Plastic pots
• Soil
• Trowel or shovel
• Wooden Stakes
• String

Instructions:
1. Poke holes in the bottom of the plastic pots if there are none for drainage
2. Fill the pots to the top with potting soil. Instruct your kids to put three seeds in each pot, pushing them just under the surface of the soil
3. Place the pots indoors in a sunny and warm location
4. Feel the dirt often for moisture. Water the pots if the soil feels dry
5. Wait for the seeds to sprout. Weed out weaker seedlings so that each pot only has one in it
6. Transplant the seedlings outside one the danger of frost has passed by digging a hole in the soil of your garden and carefully transferring the seedlings out of their pots and into the ground in a sunny spot.
7. Check soil moisture daily, watering the plants if it doesn’t rain.
8. Put the stakes in the ground for support as the tomato plants approach 1 foot tall. Gently tie the tomato plants to the stakes.
9. Instruct your kids to harvest the tomatoes when ripe. Have them twist each tomato by the stem to remove it, to avoid damaging the plant.

If you can’t wait for these beauties to grow, enjoy tomatoes with this delicious Guacamole recipe from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook.

Farmer’s Market Chips, Pico de Gallo Salsa and Guacamole

Ingredients
4 plum tomatoes (tomates)
2 ripe Hass avocados (aguacates), halved and pitted
2 limes (limas), halved
½ white onion (cebolla)
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon jalapeno (optional)

Tools
Cutting board
Fork
Knife
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Medium bowl
Plastic gloves
Wooden spoon

Instructions for Pico De Gallo Salsa
1. Wearing the plastic gloves, dice the tomates, cebolla and optional jalapeno. Place them all into the medium bowl.
2. Chop the cilantro leaves and add to bowl.
3. Cut one lima in half, squeeze the juice into the bowl and mix well.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

At this stage, you’ve made pico de gallo! Continue on to make it into guacamole…
5. Spoon the aguacate meat into a bowl and use a fork to mash it into your desired texture.
6. Cut one lima in half, squeeze the juice into the bowl and mix well. Then add the pico de gallo to the aguacate and mix.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Alternative
For mango salsa, dice 1 mango and add to Step 1 for a fruity version of the pico de gallo.

Will you be growing tomatoes? Post plant pictures on our Facebook and Twitter!

Veggies and Fruits!

Although our Handstand Kids love veggies, its no secret that parents are always looking for ways to encourage this particular food group into the diets of little ones. However, the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio, has come up with a program titled “Veggie U” that has already helped many young children discover how exciting and tasty vegetables are!

Veggie U’s mission is to promote the well-being of children through a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on making wise food choices. Kids learn how food grows and participate in activities that help them develop a familiarity with healthy food. The program was created by educators, physicians and nutritionists, visit www.veggieu.org for more information and to see if a program is available near you!

In order to ensure that your kids get a full serving of fruits as well as veggies, whip up one of the delicious Handstand Kids Smoothies as a delicious snack!

Some Of Our Biggest Fans

You may have seen us post two terrific photos of Noah and Nathan earlier today!  We’ve got them here for you again, plus a bit more about the dynamic duo!

Noah and Nathan received our cookbook kits from their amazing mom for Chanukah this year and have been cooking up a storm since!

Noah is 9 and loves making the Bean & Cheese Burrito from our Mexican Cookbook Kit!

Nathan is 7 and he prefers our Italian cookbook kit and making lasagna!

When the brothers aren’t cooking from our Handstand Kids cookbook kits, they love to make mom’s specialty, “Pasta alla Mama,” which is pasta with cottage cheese, a little butter and parmesan cheese!

Keep cooking, chefs!

Healthy Summer Snacks

The summer’s heating up which means you’ll need to cool down! If you’re dying for a treat try and keep them light but healthy so you can recharge! Stay kid friendly with some of these tasty snacks below!

 

Carrot-Ginger Dip from Familyfun.com is great for dipping carrot sticks and cucumber slices or even spread on whole grain bagels!

This Tropical Strawberry Smoothie from AllRecipes.com will quench your thirst and is made with healthy yogurt, not fatty ice cream!

A simple Cool Beans Salad from Nick Jr.Com is easy to make by tossing together!

 

What summer recipes keep you fit and full? Be sure to post them on our Facebook wall!

Go To Meals For Cooking On The Go

We all know that sometimes it’s just not possible to make an elaborate meal for the whole family.  We’ve compiled some of our favorite 5-minute (or something like that) meals that are easy to cook when you’re in a rush or on the go!

Most of our kiddos love turkey sandwiches, and need to eat more fruits! Try this Turkey Apple Melt Sandwich from Shape Magazine.

We especially love tostadas because everyone around the table can top his or her tostada with whatever he or she pleases! Check out these Black Bean Tostadas from Our Way To Eat.

This Toasted Ravioli from Discover Veggie looks delicious and SO easy to make! This looks totally doable with several other pastas, as well!

Any other thoughts? Be sure to post them on our Facebook wall!

 

It’s Smoothie Time

We’re craving smoothies, juices and all things fruity!

Try one of our favorite smoothies from our Chinese Cookbook Kit, and add some protein to your little ones’ breakfasts!

Year of the Monkey Mango Smoothies, Level 1, Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces silken tofu, drained
  • 1 medium banana, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 mango
  • 1/4 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (optional)
  • 2/3 cup soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ice cubes

Tools:

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Fine grater
  • Blender
  • Tall drinking glasses

Instructions:

  1. Cut the mango by placing the mango with one flat side resting on the cutting board.
  2. Slice the mango lengthwise along the flat side next to the seed.
  3. Turn mango over and repeat on the other side. You will have 2 halves of the mango with pulp inside.
  4. Carefully cut lengthwise through the mango pulp down to the skin, being careful not to cut through the skin.
  5. Turn sideways and cut lengthwise again until you have a cross-hatch pattern.
  6. Turn the mango inside out using your thumbs to press the pulp outwards.
  7. Carefully slice out the diced pulp by cutting between the cubed mango pulp and the skin.
  8. Discard the skin and seed.
  9. Place banana, mango, tofu, soy milk, and ginger, if using, into the blender. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  10. Add the honey and ice cubes and blend again until smooth.
  11. Pour into 2 frosty tall drinking glasses. Enjoy!

Alternative

Add 2/3 cup plain yogurt if tofu is not available.

Enjoy!!

Meet Sarah and Angelina!

This month we’re lucky enough to have TWO Handstand Kids of the Month and they’re absolutely terrific! Sarah and Angelina know how to eat healthy and have a few tips for what you and your kiddos should look for at the grocery store!

Enjoy this video and happy shopping!

 

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.

Food Allergy Information: Gluten

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about gluten free diets and gluten lately.

First, what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in rye, wheat and barley.  Gluten is found in more than just breads, pastas, and wheat products.  In fact, gluten is often times used as a binder in sauces, dressings and more!

Are you interested in cooking for someone with gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease? Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Peppermint Squares from GlutenFreeda.com. For instructions click here.

Chocolate Biscuit and Strawberries from Gluten Free Mommy. Click here for instructions.

Wondering how to make one of our meals gluten free?  Many of the meals within our Mexican Cookbook kit are gluten free by nature.  For some of our Chinese Cookbook kit meals, substitute Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) for your typical soy sauce. With our Italian recipes, substitute quinoa pastas and gluten free breads! Be sure to check all ingredients in our recipes and find a gluten free substitute to be sure your meal is 100% gluten free!

If you have more questions on which of our meals are already gluten free or how to make one of our recipes gluten free, post it on our facebook wall.

Happy cooking!