School is upon us. That means the Internet is drowning in after-school snack and breakfast recipes guaranteed to make most of us mere mortals feel inadequate. But my idea of the the perfect after-school snack recipe is one that I can whip up in under ten minutes and makes more than one day's worth (cause, let's face it, I'm not doing this every day, folks), not fruit skewers shaped like cute animals or pizzas on a stick. A wallop of protein is a plus to recharge their engines for after school activities. Oh yeah, and it's gotta be good on the go, since we always are.
Abandoning the Internet after becoming thoroughly discouraged by homemade owl crackers that probably teach your kids French, we headed to the kitchen and created this healthier rice crispies bar recipe. This protein boosted twist on the classic rice crispies treat are sure to be the perfect way to welcome a kid after a hard day at school. You could even serve them as a sweet breakfast bar on the go. And it's a great no-bake recipe that even little kids can help make.
So we're a few weeks into the school year; how's lunch going? If you're packing a lunch from home, chances are you started off the year full of terrific ideas (perhaps from our Back-to-School Guide?), and chances are that by now you've had several of these healthy, well-packed lunches delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the end of the day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra money on organic jelly and peanut butter not on the recall list. Besides - if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 30 answers to that question!
Summertime means fresh berries. Whether you pick your own or pick them up fresh from the market, you may be looking for more ways to enjoy their naturally sweet goodness. Picking fresh blueberries is a fun way to spend some quality time with your child, and incorporate some hands-on learning! Listening to my daughter count the berries as she plucked them off the bush was precious. This summer, we took our love of pick-your-own and summer desert and created these super simple Blueberry Yogurt Pops.
Whether our kids are adventurous eaters or too timid to try anything beyond boxed mac ’n’ cheese, teaching them about food prep, healthy eating and nutrition is one of the more important things we as parents can do for their well being. Cooking together at home is one way to do this, but there are also plenty of opportunities for “instructive” fun through kids’ cooking classes and workshops.
One of the appealing aspects of kids’ cooking instruction is that it quite often takes the form of a single-class workshop or two- to three-session program. So, even if your children have regular sports team commitments or semester-long dance or music classes, they can still satisfy their inner foodie selves without missing a goal or a beat. Plus, many kids’ cooking classes are offered during those long school vacations or summer breaks - just the thing to keep kids engaged and entertained. Cooking workshops also make fun birthday parties - kids learn something, have fun and are well fed. And (maybe best of all!), no mess for the parents. (More cooking party ideas here.)
We’ve rounded up seven places that offer kids’ cooking classes and workshops in and around Boston. Get ready for your kids to cook up something great!
The back-to-school season is filled with anticipation, excitement and stress—for kids and parents. There are new clothes and school supplies to buy, lunches and snacks to plan, and classes to prepare for (no easy task after summer slump). If you're worried that you'll never get it all done, stop, take a deep breath and check out our Back-to-School Guide, which is packed with simple tips and advice to help take the edge off. If your kid is going to school for the first time, we've got a list of books that help with the transition to kindergarten. Need name tags? We know about some super-cool ones. We also have plenty of meal posts, like our favorite meal planning apps, healthy lunch ideas and sensory savvy snacks so kids can make it through the school day. And we have an awesome Back-to-School Giveaway going on with multiple prizes worth more than $2,000 in total. We hope our Back-to-School Guide helps your family make it through the madness, sanity intact.
An icebox cake actually doesn’t have any cake in it all. It’s a combination of cookies with cream, or pudding, which is assembled and placed in the refrigerator. For you youngsters, before people had refrigerators, they kept food chilled in an icebox.
In this version the cookies are layered with vanilla pudding, strawberries and blueberries for a patriotic twist. The coolest thing about it is you won't overheat your house from the oven and it's safe for the littlest helpers to do from start to finish.
This has to be the easiest muffin recipe. It may seem crazy, but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. After all, ice cream is pretty much the same ingredients we usually use for baking: eggs, sugar and cream (which turns into butter if you churn). Add that to self-rising flour and you've got all the makings of muffins. Not only is it easy enough for a toddler to mix up, they'll love baking with ice cream, too!
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen my proclamation this weekend that my family and I are trying the 10 Day Fed Up Challenge, a pledge to try to give up all sugar, sugar substitutes and refined flour for ten days, inspired by the new documentary by Katie Couric.
I'll be posting more about our experience with the Fed Up Challenge on social media, but in the meantime, here's a great new recipe I discovered looking for flour-free pancake recipes. I did not know how these would turn out at all but was pleasantly surprised at how similar they were to regular pancakes. And my kids loved them too. Plus they are much easier to make from scratch.
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