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Food Allergies

Up to one out of every nine food exposures causing allergic reactions in kids is non-accidental, with parents and other caretakers purposefully giving their children known food triggers, a new study brought to our attention by ABC suggests.

In order to take extra precautions with your children, make sure that you:

  • Take extreme vigilance in checking over ingredient labels of foods that you bring home
  • Look at the frequency and circumstances of food reactions and avoid those foods
  • Go back to your allergist before re-introducing a food back into your child’s diet even if you think that they have outgrown their allergy

Healthy kids are happy kids! Happy kids are Handstand Kids! So keep these tips in mind and stay safe and healthy!

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!

You’re Invited

Cookbooks & Cupcakes For a Cause!

Join us for the tastiest party of the year.

Our very own, Yvette Garfield,  and two-time Cupcake Wars winner and recipe contributor, Arleen Scavone, are excited to introduce the newest cookbook from the Handstand Kids line, Baking Around the World!

Who: Foodies, Big and Small

What: Release Party for the Handstand Kid’s Baking Around the World, featuring recipes by Sweet Arleen’s

When: April 28th, 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Sweet Arleen’s Cupcakes & Bread Puddings

960 South Westlake Blvd Suite #4

Westlake Village, CA 91631

Benefitting: Coach Art, an LA area non-profit that assists students with chronic illnesses as they heal through artwork. 10% of all book sales on April 28th will benefit Coach Art.

RSVP to make sure we save you a spot in the cupcake-decorating face-off!

*children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult

For questions regarding event: info@handstandkids.com or 818 917 7200

Those in attendance will receive a $5 coupon to be used on site towards a signed Handstand Kids Baking cookbook kit.

Hope to see everyone there!!

We’re Thrilled to Announce our Baking Around the World Cookbook Kit

If you haven’t heard already or seen it on our website or Facebook wall, here’s your chance to hear it straight from us! We’ve just announced the newest addition to our line and fourth cookbook kit, Baking Around the World, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

We hope you all love the book as much as we do and enjoy baking together with your kids.  We’re also excited to share that our Celebrity of the Month, Arleen Scavone, from Sweet Arleen’s in Westlake Village has contributed four amazing dessert recipes to the cookbook!

Click here to find the kit in our online store and snag a copy of your own!!

Let’s get baking!

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!!

Active Video Games Aren’t The Answer

Wow! We just read this shocking article on the NPR Health Blog, reporting that children who play “active video games” aren’t actually exercising more often.

A recent study done in Houston by Pediatrics journal, took 78 children between the ages of 9 and 12 and gave half “active” video games like Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Sports, while the other half were given “non-active” games like Madden.  Surprisingly, the study found that the children who were given the “active” games weren’t exercising any more than the children who weren’t playing active games.

The doctor leading the study had two possible explanations for why these kids weren’t engaging in exercise more.

  1. Because the children had already “exercised” while playing their games, they may have been less inclined to exercise later in the day.
  2. The children may not have exhibited a lot of effort while playing their games, and thus, weren’t staying very active.

He suggested that if these “active” video games had more of a story line, the kids playing them may be more inclined to work harder, and thus, exercise harder.

What are your thoughts?

America’s Struggle With Childhood Obesity

According to a recent report from CNN, the childhood obesity problem in the US is not getting any better.  In fact, not only are the students getting larger, but now furniture, clothing and more is expanding to support these children.

According to the CDC, 17% of children are obese and 1 in 3 kids are obese or overweight. We were terrified to see the report mention that the rate of childhood obesity has risen so much that pediatricians say growth charts no longer are applicable to today’s youth.

This article continues to describe new companies that sell adjustable desks for larger students, larger chair options and more.  Unfortunately offering these larger options to students often times leaves them feeling different and as if they’re being called out.

What do you think about the rising issue of childhood obesity?

Are You Working With A Picky Eater?

We’ve been chatting with plenty of parent’s of picky eaters lately.  If your kids are picky eaters, this may be the news you’ve been waiting for! Cornell University recently published a study differentiating the eating preferences between children and their parents.

According to the study, children and their parents have different food presentation preferences.  The study found differences in these presentation categories: number of food components and colors on a plate, the position of the main part of the meal on a plate, a crowded plate versus an empty plate, how a plate was organized and how a plate was designed.

Turns out children prefer for their plates to be more full near the bottom of their plates with some design or pattern.  Children also prefer for their plates to be full of colors and different components or foods (up to 6 or 7 colors and components).

For parents of picky eaters, keep this in mind the next time you’re serving your kiddos a meal!

For more on this study, click here.

5 Foods You Can Keep Around In 2012

We recently stumbled upon this WebMD article and were thrilled with the news we read! We know a lot of folks are trying to lose weight, get in shape and be healthy in the New Year; weight loss is always one of the New Year’s Resolutions leaders. But, according to the article, 5 typically thrown out foods actually aren’t so bad for you after all.

Consider keeping these around in 2012:

1. Beef – While cholesterol levels are tied to heart health (and heart disease is the number one killer of both sexes in the states), and beef is known to increase cholesterol, this actually isn’t true.  Try a lean beef, such as sirloin, for an equally heart-healthy balanced diet.

2. Roasted Nuts – Apparently roasted nuts are just as good for you as plain old nuts.  Just be sure to watch out for the salt content, because roasted nuts can be heavy on this.

3. Chocolate – Our personal favorite! Did you know that an ounce a day of chocolate can also can improve blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood flow.

4. Whole eggs – Contrary to popular belief, whole eggs aren’t dangerous to your heart’s health.  While they are heavy in cholesterol, the yolk contains powerful antioxidants that can keep the cholesterol from turning into a more harmful form.

5. Coffee – We all know that coffee has been blamed for a lot of our health woes, from cancer to heart disease. BUT, coffee was found to be the number one source of antioxidants that Americans consume.  Keep it up, US of A!

Hope you were as pleased with this knowledge as we were!


Yvette On The Go

Our very own, Yvette, visited KCAL 9 studios yesterday and made a healthy and easy holiday meal.  Be sure to watch the video and learn how to make Italian popcorn, Mexican salad and Chinese spring rolls!

Have a great weekend!