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Healthy One-Pot Dinner

Easy dinner ideas are hard to come by unless they come in a box, or so you thought. Here is a great idea for a quick, healthy alternative to those boxed mac and cheese recipes. You’ll be able to sneak in so many veggies your kids won’t even notice they’re eating healthy. The best thing about this meal is it is a one-pot wonder, which means it’s not only easy to make, but it’s just as easy to clean up!

Watch as Yvette shows you how fast and easy dinner preparing a healthy dinner can be in this week’s eHow video:

Check back in next week for another eHow video with Yvette.

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.

 

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!

Picky Eater Tips

No matter how hard you try, sometimes you will be presented with a pint-sized picky eater. Since it is imperative to get kids to develop healthy eating habits, try some of these tips adapted from VegKitchen.com.
  • Let them get their feet wet with new foods – by introducing them surrounded by old favorites.
  • Introduce new foods slowly – because children can sometimes get overwhelmed by large quantities of food. They may feel more successful if they can finish a small quantity of food provided, so keep portions small.
  • Avoid food rewards – as punishment and enticement will confuse the fact that you can establish and enforce rules.
  • Let your kids cook with you! – Handstand Kids are less picky because they get to help plan meals! The below recipe for Shredded Chicken Tostadas from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook is a favorite recipe of all kids – and parents will love the additions of lettuce, tomatoes and beans!

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Veggie Dips!

One thing that Handstand Kids and Handstand Parents can all agree on is the fact that anything that helps us eat raw veggies is awesome! In light of that fact, we’ve done a round up of some of our favorite dips that make eating veggies fun and tasty! See below for three sure fire crowd pleasers!

Kuki’s Cookbook has a dreamy, creamy veggie dip with only 5 ingredients!

This bright green Veggie Dip is made with broccoli, kale and basil and can be left as is or baked for even more deliciousness!

This White Bean Veggie Dip uses yummy Greek yogurt!

What is your favorite dip? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook or Twitter.

Excited about Eggplants

A great rule of thumb for creating a healthy meal is that the more color you add, the healthier it is! That’s why we’re excited to feature eggplants – their vibrant purple color will add a playful punch to your Handstand Kids’ plates.

Before you dive into our awesome Italian recipe, here are five things that you may not know about eggplants:

  • Although we like to think of them as vegetables, eggplants are botanically classified as a berry with numerous small, soft, edible seeds.
  • Eggplants are a part of the nightshade family and are closely related to the tomato and potato families.
  • China is the world’s top eggplant producing country.
  • Other names for the eggplant include aubergine, melongene, brinjal and guinea squash.
  • As you will learn below, in Italian, eggplant is called “melanzane” which means “crazy apple.”

Now that you know a little bit more about eggplants, you’re ready to make The Leaning Tower of Eggplant from our Handstand Kids Italian cookbook!

If you’re making the Leaning Tower of Eggplant, we want to see those towers rise tall – post pics to our Facebook and Twitter!

Kebabs for Kids

The word Kebab generally refers to meat served on a skewer cooked over or next to flames. Not only are these skewers a snap to make but they’re extremely easy for even the youngest chefs to help put together – just make sure to watch out for those sharp points! Even though Handstand Kids love meaty recipes, we love making new twists, so we’ve provided our favorite kebabs made from meat, veggies and fruits!

You can’t go wrong with these traditional Beef Kebabs from SimplyRecipes.com!

These Veggie Kebabs from RecipeShack.com can be eaten as a side or a complete meal!

These Fresh Fruit Kebabs from AllRecipesIn.com will bring vibrant color to your table scape!

If you’re kebab-ing it up, make sure to share what you’ve made on our Facebook and Twitter.

Summer Desserts

This Red, White and Blue Cheesecake will help you kick off Fourth of July!

Or try these Lady Liberty cupcakes!

Doesn’t Grilled Pound Cake with Berries and Cream sound scrumptious?

Make sure to post pictures of you and your family enjoying your summer desserts to our Facebookand Twitter pages!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Handstand Kids are healthy kids and yours can be healthy too! Summer leaves you with so much time for fun projects, why not start growing your own veggies to use in Handstand Kids recipes? We’ve provided some tips below on how to grow veggies from existing veggies so planting is a snap. Watch your child’s love of science grow along with these little plants and you’ll continue their learning process into the summer!

Potatoes

Using seed potatoes slice into sections making sure that each has at least three “eyes” Pour lightly salted water into a dish with the potato pieces eye-side down. Place the dish in the sun and let it sit for a day or two, until you begin to notice the eyes growing sprouts.

Full growing information here.

Carrots

Cut 1 inch of the crown of the carrot. Place the carrot tops into a plate or saucer. Make sure the plate you take has big enough flat surface so that the carrot tops can be placed easily in it. Add soil, sand, pebbles and lukewarm water into the plate. Make sure that only the end of the carrot tops are dipped under the layer of water and soil. Place the carrot plate in a sunny part of the house.

Full growing information here.

Once you’ve grown your veggies you’re all set to make a delicious Handstand Kids recipe. We like using carrots in our Peanut Salad recipe from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook.

Make sure to post pictures of your growing garden – and the recipes you use that summer bounty in – 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!