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Halloween Costume Contest

With Halloween just around the corner and countless costume options available, we want to encourage you to get creative! Until November 1st, we’ll be holding a Handstand Kids Costume Contest! To enter, post a photo of your Handstand Kid wearing his or her most imaginative Halloween costume to the Handstand Kids Facebook page. We’ll feature your photos on Facebook and on November 2nd, we will select one lucky winner!The most creative costume will win a copy of our fabulous Handstand Kids Baking Cookbook! We can’t wait to see those imaginations run wild, good luck!!

Bean here, bean there, beans everywhere!

Beans are a wonderful, useful cooking resource. Although many children do not care for eating them, Handstand Kids know that they are important to healthy cooking! Sometimes it is easier to get kids to eat something if they know more about it. That is why today we will be giving your little ones a short lesson on beans. Why don’t you buy a large mixed bag – many groceries sell them near mixes from soups – and take the lesson below and see if your children can identify the different types of beans? Then take their favorite and make a recipe!


Adzuki- A small, deep red bean. Somewhat sweet with a delicate texture.

Black Beans – A small, oval, black bean. with an earthy flavor and soft texture.

Black-eyed peas – An oval, creamy white bean with a “black eye.” Soft textured and an excellent source of fiber and iron.

Chickpeas – Large, round, cream-colored beans with a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. An excellent source or folate and a good source of fiber and iron.

Fava Beans – Oval-shaped light brown beans with an earthy flavor and creamy texture.

Kidney Beans – A large, kidney-shaped, deep reddish brown or white bean with a bland taste and a soft texture.

Lima Beans (butter beans) – Flat, oval, creamy white beans. Small and dried with a mild taste.

Mung Beans – A tiny, round dried bean with a thick outer skin that may be green, brown or black in color, originating from India.

Navy Beans (Yankee beans, Boston beans, Fagiloi, Haricot) - A small white bean with a good, strong flavor. An excellent source of folate and fiber and a good source of iron.

Pinto Beans – Medium-size, beige and brown speckles beans. Earthy flavors and mealy textures. Oval shaped and good for making refried beans.

What beans are you cooking up? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

Keeping Kids Healthy

Your kids are done with school for a few months but don’t let them sit in front of the TV all day! Handstand Kids love to cook of course, but they also exercise to make sure that they’re healthy and fit! Try some of these ideas to get off the couch and outdoors this summer!

  • Playing tag
  • Playing Hide-n-go-seek
  • Slip-n-slide (yes, the running around gets your heart going!)
  • Go swimming
  • Ride your bike, scooter or skateboard
  • Playing any sport – soccer, basketball, baseball, field hockey

If you’re getting up to exercise, make sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water! Also make sure to post pics of your active summer fun to our Facebook and Twitter pages!