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Healthy Recipes For Your Kids

Posted on 05 January 2011 by admin

Don’t have enough time in your hands to do some real cooking in your kitchen? If you’re a parent with little kids, this can be a problem. Children are not easy to feed. They usually pass a stage when all they want are junk foods, fried chicken, hotdog—processed foods you’ll find in supermarkets and fast food chains. The problem is, much as they enjoy these foods, they’re dangerous to your children’s health. The challenge to all parents like you is to prepare delicious and nutritious food for your kids. And in most instances, squeezing cooking time in your daily schedule isn’t at all easy. What you’ll need are the right healthy recipes that are both delicious and easy to prepare.

Yes, there are recipes that combine all three characteristics—quick preparation, good nutrient content, and great taste—and your kids will surely love the food.

Kid-Friendly Snacks

Although you may think that snacks are of little value compared to the main meals—breakfast, dinner, lunch—what your kids snack on are actually crucial to their health. Snacks are usually taken anytime of the day: when kids are watching television, after playing, or whenever they feel like eating. Without close monitoring, your kids can easily grab junk foods and unhealthy meals during these times. The key to controlling this is to prepare delicious treats for your kids with the help of healthy recipes.

Believe it or not, there are some nutritious treats that you can prepare with no effort at all. Just take a look at the following:

•    Smoothies. Instead of the usual ice cream or artificial drinks from the supermarket, why don’t you make these delicious treats out of fresh fruits? With the use of a blender, all you need is to toss in some fruits, milk, juice, or yogurt, and then press the blend button. In no time at all, your kids will enjoy a delicious and nutritious shake.

•    Jelly. All that you will need to prepare this snack are gelatin and fruit juice, plus other extras you might want to add like yogurt, fruits, etc. The preparation only involves simple cooking of the gelatin, some mixing and pouring, and then the refrigerating of the finished jelly for that wonderful taste. This is a typical favorite among kids.

•    Home-made popsicle. Well, this is a no-brainer snack, and even your kids can prepare it. All you’ll need is a fruit juice or fruit shake that you pour into a mold. Next thing you must do is put the stick on the mold and then place it in your freezer. Once it’s frozen, your kid will have an instant healthy popsicle!

•    Nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Instead of the usual chips, these are healthy alternatives. Plus, they need no preparation at all. Just be sure that you don’t add salt on the nuts and seeds.

With all these ideas, you’ll have no problem keeping your kids healthy while they enjoy the food they eat. And for a lot more kid-friendly and healthy recipes for your diet, you can find more information in cookbooks and online sites. They’ll help your kids and your family stay healthy.

Marilyn has been fascinated with the work of the Healthy Lifestyle Nutritionist and Guru, David Wolfe and has a blog which keeps up with the latest in the world of Healthy Lifestyles at Raw Food Diets. See more about Healthy Recipes.
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How to Make Healthy Preparations For Kids

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

Presentation is the foremost feature of the nutritional kid preparations analogous to the significance of site while purchasing a home. The explanation to getting children to try nutritive foods is to present it in an enjoyable and imaginative style. You are the only one who needs to make out that what they are consuming is beneficial and nutritious. But, children don’t recognize this health element, for them scintillating and eye-catching food is a vogue. For instance, if two bowls are placed, one is full of fresh fruits such as orange, grapes, cherries and banana; a different one is also containing the same fruits but in the character of a “Happy face”, like banana in place of lips, eyes completed with kiwi pieces, hair prepared of a red grape bunch and a bit more, in this condition it’s bit apparent that child will go for the second alternative.
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Everything you need to accomplish is acquire the beneficial foods you want to introduce and display them with the following features:

It is better to label the recipe with a cool name so that your kid is inquisitive to catch a glimpse of it. For instance, Happy Snack face or Smiley.

It needs to be multihued – red grapes & cherries, green kiwi, golden star fruit & banana, orange cantaloupe.

Kid recipes should have tender and kid friendly consistency. Soft cakes, juicy fruits, crunchy veggies and even crispy cookies are well-liked by youngsters.

Kid recipes can easily be cooked in kid friendly way and you can actually involve your young ones in the preparation. After your kid devours the Happy Snack Face, you could suggest that for snack tomorrow, he prepare a Scary Snack Face. Invite your child to arrange the fruits in the bowl as per his/her own picking.It is seen that the more the child is occupied in the preparation of food, the more he is probable to gorge it and like it.

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hotandhealthyliving.com In our house mornings arent one bit relaxing and they certainly arent anything like the commercials I see of all these happy, organized familys eating a sit down breakfast together. Instead, the hospital starts calling or Andys pager starts beeping around 5:15 am He then throws on his scrubs and races out the door. Im not a morning person so it usually takes me till around 6:00 to force myself out of bed. I then stumble to the coffee maker. While drinking my coffee I try to multi-task by unloading the dishwasher, making the beds, doing a load of laundry, etc. Three days a week I workout and the other days I try to get computer work done before Blake wakes up. I then have to hop in the shower and scramble to get dressed. As Im racing to blow-dry my hair Blake usually wakes up. First thing he always says is, Im hungry. By this time Im already totally flustered by how much Ive tried to cram into my morning and we only have about 20 minutes before its time to get him to school. And of course no matter how organized I try to be the night before theres always a morning crisis of some sort (homework that cant be located, matching socks that cant be found, after-school sports equipment missing, etc.) Anyway, breakfast has to be FAST and easy. The recipe below is one Blake recently came up with (its so basic Im not even sure you can call it a recipe!). But, its a great example of how simple whole foods clean eating can be in the real world. In fact, its so

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Getting Kids to Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

 

Children are generally discovered avoiding fruits and vegetables in diet. Fruits and vegetables are essential part of diet for children. Fruits contain vitamins, minerals and all the nutrients in proper amount. Almost all dietician recommends taking at least five servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.

Many mothers complain about their children not taking fruits and vegetables. It is a big question how do you get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, especially when they may only want to eat chicken nuggets and junk foods such as French fries and you don’t want to force your child to eat vegetables and fruits. You have not despair at that time, as the following tips can prove valuable if you want to give your children fruit and vegetable diet.

First thing you can do is to take help of kids for making menus of food, in shopping and also in preparation of food. By this your kids get interested more and more in fruits also they will get the nutritional and other values of that fruit. You can also look for children’s cookbooks, which have kid-friendly recipes and basic cooking lessons.

You have to try a different vegetable every day and prepare it in different ways. All the vegetables can be served, raw, baked, steamed, grilled, in salad, in juice form, stir-fried and broiled. Try a wide variety and in different ways until you find the vegetables that your child will like and in the style they will like to eat them in.

You can find that food items that your child like and also that can be added with nutritional fruits and vegetables. Children like to play and sometimes mother’s complain that there child has lost so much in games that they even forget to eat. At that time, you can play with fruit and vegetables and also get children to use to handling them. Try to provide realistic fruit and vegetables for them to play with in the home corner, with pots, pans and plates so they can create their own meals or chop up the real things, dip it in paint and experiment with design.

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Kid friendly favorite recipes: Fruit Ice Cream From the recipe of Jemeela www.youtube.com となり の トトロ 調理法 レシピ アイスクリームイギリス イギリス – ととろ – フルーツMon Voisin Totoro My Neighbor Totoro Recette cuisine: glace au yaourt et banane, fruits rouges Ricetta di cucina: Gelato di banana e yogurt , frutti di bosco

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Summer Activities for Kids of Work at Home Parents

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

Isn’t summer fun? Sunshine, warmer weather, time with family and friends; not to mention holidays, fireworks and picnics! Kids live their greatest adventures, and parents have the opportunity to vicariously relive their childhood dreams. For work at home parents, however, summer represents a whole new set of challenges. Running a business from home can be tough enough without having to worry about keeping the kids entertained. Here are some ideas of summer activities for kids of work at home parents meant to help all of you have the best summer ever.

Let’s Get Cooking!

When kids are home all day, they have a tendency to gravitate towards the kitchen anyway. So, why not take advantage of that. Plan different kid-friendly recipes like chocolate chip cookies, pancakes, rice cereal treats or pizza. Get everything set up at their level, or get a couple of stepping stools for the little ones. Then, get cooking! Kids love the “experiment-like” nature of cooking, plus getting a bit messy is always fun! An added bonus is that older kids will be able to duplicate the process, which can be a great help when you’re a bit behind on work!

Go Green!

Recycle, reduce, reuse! Practice all three this summer. Schedule a trip to your local recycling plant. I know that sounds strange, but kids are so naturally curious they will love seeing this process. If you plan ahead, you can contact the recycling plant and schedule a structured tour of the facilities. Take full advantage of your efforts by partnering with other work at home parents who might want to join the adventure with their kids. The larger the number of people in the group, the better chance you have of securing a scheduled tour.

After your trip to the recycling plant, why not teach your kids how to reuse some “trash.” Set up a tiny lab and make some recycled paper. It’s a lot easier to do than you might think, and you can find complete instructions here: http://www.funsci.com/fun3_en/paper/paper.htm.

Another neat reusing project is making grocery totes out of old t-shirts. All you do is turn the shirt inside out. Then, cut off the sleeves, and make a straight cut across the chest area of the shirt. Sew or use sewing tape to seal the cut edge. Open the sleeve so they are a rectangular piece of fabric and sew it together long ways. Turn these inside out to make a straw-like piece that will become the handles. Saw each handle to either side of your tote and turn right side out. Now, your kids can go crazy decorating the totes.

Take It Outside!

Why not plant a garden? Take the bikes out to the local trail. It’s always fun to go for a swim or to the park. You can also plan a family road trip. Take full advantage of the nice summer weather. If you have a beach nearby, an early trip during the week will help you avoid the crowds. Explore your town. Take the kids to historical or well-known places in your area. If you are creative and have a little extra time, you can plan a scavenger or treasure hunt. My all-time favorite outdoor activity, though, is having a cookout. Fire up that grill, invite a couple of neighbors, and you have an instant summer party!

Some Sanity Savers

Ok, now that you have a few ideas of summer activities for kids it’s time to tackle the “working parents” part. Yes, it’s fun and exciting to be home with the kids, but it can also be nerve wracking when you have a to-do list that’s a mile long and can’t get any work done. So here are some tips to help you on that department as well.

 

Make a schedule – be flexible, but if you schedule your day you will invariably get more done!
Create a network – having a support group of other work at home parents is always helpful. If they are relatively close by, you could even make arrangements to “exchange” kids during the week. One day your kids go to their house, the next day their kids come to yours. You get the idea!
Enlist Friends and Family – there’s no shame in asking for help. Most of the time relatives who have planned trips or outings would love to take your kids along, provided you ship in for the costs! Grandparents are also a great tool. They are always happy to have some time to pamper the grandkids!
Lose the Super Hero Complex – you are not now, nor will you ever be, superhuman, so don’t try to be. Recognize your limitations and don’t overdo it. Delegate, prioritize, and don’t be afraid to let some things go! If it is not absolutely essential, it can wait until tomorrow, or maybe even until fall!

There you have it. Take some time to plan and prioritize your summer activities. Incorporate some of the summer activities for kids listed above into your weekly schedule. Have fun and never forget that your kids are more than likely the reason you started working from home in the first place. Enjoy each other and the rest will fall into place.

Marcy Amaro is a wife, mother of two, and a former English teacher, turned internet entrepreneur. She has gone from a schoolroom to working with six-figure income earners and millionaires, all from the comfort of her home. Her Passion is helping others who have a burning desire for success achieve their dreams. You too can succeed. Find out how.

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Crescent Rolls, Cream Cheese and Grapefruit: An Easy Recipe for Kids

Posted on 04 January 2011 by admin

Cooking with kids can be a challenge, but there’s no need to tackle hollandaise or souffles. When looking for a kid-friendly recipe, choose something that’s simple and hands-on.

For example, the following recipe for Texas Reds in a Blanket involves spreading cream cheese, folding refrigerated crescent roll dough and sprinkling cinnamon sugar, giving junior pastry chefs plenty to do. The accompanying sauce only requires the use of a microwave, though you should handle any hot bowls or cookie sheets yourself.

Use Texas Rio Star Grapefruit, which is sweeter than other varieties of grapefruit. The grapefruit season runs from October to May. When buying grapefruit, look for fruits that feel heavy for their size, as that indicates a juicy fruit.

Texas Reds in a Blanket
Makes four servings

Ingredients:
Texas Rio Star Grapefruit
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) roll refrigerated reduced fat crescent dinner rolls
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions:
1.    Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.    Remove grapefruit segments; place on paper towels to remove excess moisture. Set aside.

3.    In a small bowl, combine 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and cream cheese spread.

4.    Separate crescent dough into triangles, and lay on wax paper. Spread each with cream cheese.

5.    Place three grapefruit segments on wide end of each triangle; roll each triangle into crescent shape enclosing grapefruit segments.

6.    Combine 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar on waxed paper; roll grapefruit crescent in cinnamon sugar; Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

7.    Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

8.    Finely chop remaining grapefruit segments; place in small bowl with three tablespoons sugar, sour cream and maple syrup. Cook in microwave on high for about one to two minutes, or until it starts to boil.

9.    Drizzle sauce over crescents, or serve as a dipping sauce.

 

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