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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!

Most Refreshing Summer Drinks!

A cool refreshing drink is just what you need on these hot summer days! Try out these recipes – from Disney Family Fun- that are parent tested and Handstand Kids approved!

Lemonade with Berry Ice Cubes - this lemony, tangy drink gets sweeter, and prettier, as the cubes melt!

This Perfect Fruit Punch allows you to be a “mad scientist” and tailor the drink to be more tart or sweet depending on your taste preferences!

Try out this creamy and delicious Avocado Smoothie – featuring our Food of the month, Avocados!

What drinks are cooling you off this summer? Make sure to post 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!

Fabulous Fruit Salads

Summer recipes make Handstand Kids think of fresh bright colors and sweet fruits! While vegetables may be a hard sell at your table, these summer fruit salads will be gobbled down in no time!

This Fruit Salad with Vanilla Yogurt from All Recipes.com is a smooth, creamy treat.

If you’re the type that forgets about avocado as a fruit, this Avocado Fruit Salad from Southern Living will definitely remind you!

What are your favorite summer fruit recipes? Share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Outdoor Meals

We’ve talked about getting outdoors and playing outside, but Handstand Kids just can’t stay out of the kitchen! The following recipes can be made and eaten outside – what an awesome day for your kids!

You can’t go wrong with Ants on a Log. The crispy celery in contrast to the smooth peanut butter is always a crowd pleaser but eating it outside sets the mood for a fun day of outdoor play! Kraftrecipes

Salad sticks are yummy and good for you. Make sure you help your kids safely remove the food from the sharp skewers to avoid injuries. via SnackGirl

No outdoor meal is complete without Smore’s. Use a fire that is smoldering, not burning and make sure that you keep a close eye on the little ones as they toast up these tasty treats! via Kidscooking

Do you have a favorite recipe for making outdoors? Be sure to post pics to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!

 

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!

 

Happy Birthday Cookie Monster!

It’s important to eat your fruits and vegetables but our Handstand Kids work so hard that sometimes it’s OK for a treat. What better day to celebrate than the birthday of our cookie-loving pal from Sesame Street, Cookie Monster! Cookie will be turning a whopping 46 years old today but there’s no reason that he wouldn’t still enjoy cooking with Handstand Kids! Your children can celebrate with Cookie by making our Here Comes the Bride Cookies from our Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook.

Here Comes the Bride, Wedding Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 cup butter (mantequilla), softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar (azứcar)

1 cup ground nuts (almonds or pecans)

1 tablespoon water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

Tools

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Medium bowl

Nonstick baking sheet

Small bowl

Spatula

Spoon

Wooden spoon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the mantequilla, vanilla extract and ½ cup of the confectioners’ azứcar.
  3. Stir in the flour, salt and nuts. Stir in the water to help the dough come together. Mix well until the dough is formed.
  4. Use your hands to roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, until the cookies are set but not browning. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Then use the spatula to remove the cookies from the baking sheet. Allow them to cool slightly.
  6. Pour the remaining ½ cup of confectioners’ azứcar into the small bowl. Roll the cookies through the azứcar so that they get coated with it. Serve.

Alternative

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 8 ounces of chocolate chips in microwave. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies and let the chocolate harden before serving.

Alternative: Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the dough. Also, melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute and dip the ends of the cooled biscotti into the mixture. Refrigerate dipped biscotti for 1 hour and enjoy!

 

Make sure your little monster post their favorite cookies to the pages of our 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!

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!