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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!

End of the Year Gifts for Teachers!

Your child’s teacher has spent the past 270 days helping your kids grow and learn. With summer around the corner and the last days of school approaching, teach your children to appreciate their mentors by making gifts for them to take to school. Create some of these fun crafts from Disney Family Fun your youngsters and see their teacher’s delighted faces!

Of course if you’d rather, baking a sweet treat for your teachers is always an option – and it’s our favorite. The Handstand Kids Baking Around the World Cookbook has a delicious recipe for Carrot Walnut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting that would make any teacher smile!

Ingredients

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 ¼ cups shredded carrots

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Tools

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Whisk

Mixing bowl

Rubber spatula

Lined cupcake pans or baking cups

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Whisk the sugars, eggs and oil together in a large mixing bowl.

3.  Add the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to the sugar mixture and whisk until combined.

4.  Use spatula to fold in carrots and walnuts.

5.  Spoon batter into the lined cupcake pans or baking cups and bake for 20 minutes.

6.  Remove and let cool at room temperature, then top with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese, softened at room temperature

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

Tools

Mixing bowl
Electric mixer or hand mixer

Sifter

Rubber spatula

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Instructions

1.  Place cream cheese in mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until smooth.

2.  Scrape down the sides of bowl with spatula and beat to make sure there are no lumps.

3.  Add softened butter and beat on low speed until smooth. Add sour cream and beat on low speed until smooth.

4.  Turn off mixer and slowly add powdered sugar to the bowl.

5.  Add vanilla and beat again on low speed until smooth.

6.  Spread frosting on cupcakes and serve.

Alternative: Make carrot cake by placing the batter in a square baking pan and baking for 40 to 45 minutes.

 

Will you be making end of the year gifts with your children for their teachers? Be sure to post pictures to our Facebook and Twitter pages. Happy crafting!

 

Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

Happy Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!! We just love this classic kid favorite and love adding special touches to PB&Js even more!

How delicious does this French Toast Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich from myrecipes.com look??

Or this Strawberry-Banana Nutella & PBJ Panini from I Love. Therefore, I Cook.?

Finally, we can’t wait to try this Peanut Butter, Jam & Banana Breakfast Pizza from Oh She Glows!

Happy eating!

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?

Do It Yourself Valentine’s

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, folks and we’re totally feeling the love!  Yesterday we sent out a Valentine’s Day email newsletter with lots of yummy holiday-themed treats to make with your kids!

Today we have another Valentine’s idea for you!  How about making Valentine’s with your little ones over the weekend?  Together you can make Valentine cards for their the whole classroom!

Here are a few of our favorites from across the web:

>Perfect Pairings Valentine from Disney Family. Click here for instructions!

Lollipop Greeting Valentine from Education.com. Click here for instructions!

Gift Bag Valentine from Delish. Click here for instructions!

Candy Bar Valentine from Better Homes and Gardens. Click here for instructions.

Additional tip: Make sure you know if there are any food allergies in your child’s classroom.  If there are, adjust the type of food Valentine you give accordingly.

If you end up making any of these Valentine’s Day cards with your kiddos, we’d love to see photos! Post them on our Facebook wall!

Keeping Your Kiddos Busy

Are your little ones out for the holidays yet?  Need some ideas for how to keep them active and busy this holiday season?  Look no further, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for you right here!

1. Our favorite idea (of course) is to get your kids cooking in the kitchen with you.  Are you preparing a large holiday meal for your friends and family?  Why not get your little ones to help?  They can name the dishes, create place cards, and of course, assist with the cooking!

2. We can’t stop thinking about all of the winter fun we have going ice skating!  Does your city have an outdoor ice skating rink?

3. If you’ll be working over the holidays, set up a play date schedule with other parents.  Each day, one parent can take all of the kids to the park, zoo, museum, etc.  You’ll get the relief you need, but also some quality time with your little one and his or her friends when it’s your turn!

Do you have other ideas for us?  Share them on our facebook page!

What’s The Story With Potatoes?

Potatoes are making waves, again. This time, the US Department of Agriculture, the administer of the National School Lunch Program, proposed changes to nutritional standards including limiting the amount of starchy vegetables (including potatoes) to no more than 1 cup a week. These changes will go into effect this February.

It turns out that 75% of the vegetables kids are eating as part of their school lunches are starchy vegetables, and in most cases, french fries. Potatoes do provide some nutritional value as they are high in potassium, the USDA is hoping that children will learn to make room for other vegetables in their diets as well.

For more information on how to cook potatoes in a the most healthy way and what the USDA is up to, click here.

Best and Worst School Lunches

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is using a new angle to highlight the good and bad of school lunches: photographs of the food.  Jamie is asking people to upload photos of school lunches, and then visitors to the site have the opportunity to rate the photos from one to five stars based on how fresh and nutritionally balanced, or processed and unhealthy the lunches look.

Many people are not aware of the wide range of quality offered in school lunches.   The Food Revolution Team recognizes that schools have varying resources and points out that their goal is not to criticize school cafeteria staff about the food they serve, but rather to start a conversation about the differences in quality of school lunches.

Interested in learning more? Click here.

 

Yvette Cooks with Kids in Colorado

In Denver: James, Henry and Caroline cook up a healthy and delicious Mexican meal from the Mexican cookbook kit.  All of the kits can be purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Healthy Snacking: Vending Machines Wise Up

If you’ve been following the blog, then you’ve probably noticed that we take healthy eating and cooking pretty seriously. We fully believe that it’s nearly impossible to raise children who love healthy food if they aren’t given the option. When we saw this, we just had to share it with all of you.

That’s right, there’s a new vending machine sheriff in town, Fresh Healthy Vending. The company is trying to outfit office buildings and schools with vending machines that contain nothing but healthy, 100% natural snacks. They’re trying to include organic, preservative free, choices wherever they can as well.

We just love knowing that there are convenient and healthy options for parents and their children, alike. Read more here.