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Take the Picky Out of Mealtime

From the American Heart Association:

That scrunched-up nose followed by “Yuck, nope, nuh uh.”

Sometimes it can be a real challenge to cook for a picky eater. But did you know that kids who get involved with meal prep are more likely to give the dish a try?

Get creative and spend time together in the kitchen. Put on some tunes and have them tear up the greens, wash veggies or mix and stir. You’ll get some sous chef action and they’ll be excited to taste their handiwork. Win-win!

Your challenge?  This week, make at least one dish together with your kids.  Click here for more information.

Healthy Recipes

Looking for fun things to do with your kids for the remainder of the summer? Consider teaching them about the importance of a balanced diet and how to prepare nutritious meals. Explore a collection of simple, healthy recipes to try out with your kids as a collaborative summer activity!

What’s on the menu?

Let children help decide, such as choosing a vegetable side dish. Let them draw or write their choice to get them involved in meal planning.

Get Kids Cooking

Having kids help in the kitchen is a great activity for families. Try a new recipe or invent your own!

2018 Gridiron Cooking Challenge

The Dairy Council of Florida is accepting recipes for its fifth annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled cooking competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida.

Download their FREE recipe book from last year’s Gridiron finalists.

Gridiron Cooking Challenge Rules

2018 Entry Form

2018 Entry Form EXAMPLE

Gridiron Cooking Challenge Rules

Healthy Habits at Cheney Elementary

In the belief that healthy kids make better students, Cheney Elementary is incorporating healthy behaviors into the school day and after school clubs.

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Yoga Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement with Math Facts

Movement with Math Facts

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Apple “donuts” recipe

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Cooking Club prep

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Cooking Club

Cooking Club

Cooking Club

Enter to Win a Trip to the 2016 Kids State Dinner

The First Lady is once again teaming up with PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among young people across the nation.

The challenge invites kids ages 8-12, in collaboration with a parent or guardian, to create an original recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious. One winner from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia will win the opportunity to be flown to Washington, DC and the opportunity to attend the 2016 Kids’ “State Dinner” here at the White House, where a selection of the winning recipes will be served. Kids will also have the opportunity to learn from television personality and member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Rachael Ray.

Check out USDA’s MyPlate to ensure your child’s recipe meets the nutrition guidelines by representing each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. In addition, in celebration of the MyPlate, MyState initiative, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is putting a spotlight on homegrown pride across the country and encouraging entries to include local ingredients grown in your family’s state, territory, or community.

We can’t wait to see what kids create this year – so good luck and get cooking! Don’t forget to submit by April 4!

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Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Children

Adopted from nourishingminimalism.com

All of us that have children, have too many toys scattered throughout the house. No matter how diligent we are at keeping them at bay, it seems to be a constant fight. It’s especially hard when special days come and we want to give gifts to our children, or grandparents want to give gifts.

A great way to combat too many toys, is to shift all the gifts to non-toy items.

18 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Children

  1. Classes. Music, dance, riding, drawing, classes are a great way to encourage children in their interests and let them know that you pay attention to them and what they enjoy.
  2. Memberships. Zoo, science museum, children’s museum, YMCA membership, etc. These are particularly great for family gifts! Many young families want to enjoy day outings, but affording them can be a challenge, so give them the gift of a yearly membership.
  3. Subscriptions. Kids enjoy getting things int he mail. Why not encourage their reading by getting them a magazine subscription for something they are interested in!
  4. Events. Movie tickets, tickets to a play, concert or sports event are really exciting! Having an event to look forward to makes the rest of life more enjoyable.
  5. Activities. Mini golf, bowling, skating rink. These are so much fun! And a big part of the fun is going together. Children love spending time with the adults in their lives, they want to see you enjoying your time as well as enjoying them.
  6. Recipe and Ingredients. Kids love cooking with their parents. Baking something special or cooking dinner is an ideal time to spend together and learn life skills. Print out a recipe, purchase all the ingredients and set a date for cooking together.
  7. Crafting Date. Our daughter loves making crafts. I do to, I really do enjoy the creative aspect. But I rarely take time out to do it with her. These crafting dates mean the world to our creative little girl. Keep a basket of craft supplies and get out a book for inspiration.
  8. Arts and Craft supplies. If your craft box is running low, stock up a little on things you need. Add in something fun the kids haven’t used before. A gift of art and craft supplies often brings on the imagination and kids can’t wait to get to work!

To continue to read about excellent ideas for non-toy gifts for children, visit Nourishing Minimalism’s website.

Do you have a favorite non-toy gift for children?  Share it with us, healthykidstoday@wphf.org