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Check a few things off of your to do list and have some fun at the same time.

Week 4: Rock the fall style–shop Crazy 8 for the new and now looks that your kids will love. Help them express their unique style, have one less thing to do before school actually starts, and always get a good deal!

Week 3: Channel some of that summer energy into a project that will benefit your community. Community service is an integral part of most school curriculums, and it will help you and your child connect with others. Contribute to your school directly and look for Tyson Project A+ labels on participating Tyson packages. For every label that you submit, Tyson will give your school 24 cents for whatever it needs.

Week 2: Host a back to school playdate for your children and their friends to help them to get back in the swing of things. Provide healthy snacks like deliciously baked, gluten-free Pirate’s Booty, Welch’s Fruit Snacks made with real fruit, and Mott’s 100% Juice. Mix in some fun with activities like “Telephone Story”. Have each person take a piece of paper, write a sentence, and pass it to the next person on their right to write the next line until you have a one of a kind story to share!

Week 1: Play with your food. Try using Mini Babybel Original semisoft cheese to create fruit and cheese skerers and Hillshire Farm Naturals Lunchmeat to create ham and cheese roll-ups. They are sure to be exciting and healthy additions to your kid’s lunchbox!

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Indoor triggers can cause the symptoms we usually associate with spring. Here are some tips on how to combat the sniffles.

  • Identify the cause. If you or your child frequently show the classic signs of allergies, like sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes, check with a certified allergist. They can help you get to the root of the problem and will be able to suggest solutions.
  • Fight the dust mites. Some people are allergic to these microscopic critters who live in dust and are often found in bedding, mattresses, pillows, and carpets. Use mattress protectors made of finely woven material to prevent dust accumulation. Vacuum your carpets often.
  • Put Rover out. Keep your cat or dog out of your bedroom if you are allergic to animal hair. Symptoms can get worse at night. Consider buying a high efficiency furnace filter that will extract hair and dander particles from the air.
  • Get rid of mold. Basements, attics, bathrooms, or other areas of the home that are often damp can be a breeding ground for the fungus. Keep bathrooms clean and dry and avoid letting damp clothes or towels pile up.
  • Clean carefully. Dust, animal hair, and mold can be stirred up when you sweep or vacuum. Consider wearing a N95 high efficiency face mask to protect yourself against an allergic reaction.

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ACHOO!

In Poor Weather, Outdoor Exercise Often Goes Out The Window. What is the solution? Bring it inside! You do not have to be outdoors to tone your muscles and to get your heart pumping. Look at winter as a chance to shake up your fitness routine. The same exercise routine, day in and day out, can start to get boring to you and stop challenging you. Create a set of activities that will work regardless of what the weather is. Consider riding an exercise bike or swimming indoors, doing aerobic dance or calisthenics, climbing stairs or skipping rope. Do you love to walk? Log in some miles at the local mall.

Need some more inside exercise tips? Try out a few of these:

  1. Turn your chores into a workin. Burn some calories by mopping, scrubbing or vacuuming.
  2. Dance to your favorite upbeat music.
  3. Join an exercise class. Try some yoga, kickboxing or body building/sculpting. Variety can keep you motivated and interested. A class also offers consistency and a social outlet.
  4. Work out to fitness videos or DVD’s. For variety, check out a few from your local library.
  5. Purchase a gym membership. Look for seasonal deals at a fitness club.
  6. Purchase some home exercise gear, such as a treadmill, stationary exercise bike or an elliptical trainer.
  7. Exercise as you watch your favorite TV shows. Get off the couch and lift weights. Do some leg lifts or stretching.

Now that you have plenty of ideas, there will no excuse for getting out of shape during the winter months. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Making Your Workout A Workin

 

Now that she has graduated from the basics, your cook in training is ready to make a real meal. Besides having tons of fun, making quesadillas will teach her how to grate cheese, assemble ingredients, work at the stove and take the first step at developing spatula skills. For kids ready to take it a bit further, carefully teach them how to use a sharp knife to whip up a batch of guacamole.

Set Up For Success: What is mise en place? It refers to the practice of preparing and arranging everything you will need for a recipe. It is a great starting point for assembly line dishes, such as this one. Help your chef line up the ingredients. Open the can of beans, grate the cheese and put them in bowls. A rotary grater is a good place to start, but more experienced kids should learn how to use a regular grater. Keep your cheese cold, remove it from the refrigerator right before you grate it. Grip it at the top, leaving enough room between your fingers and the grater. Pretend your are petting a kitten, soft easy strokes.

Warm Things Up: Make sure you go over the rules first. Then show her how when the pan is hot enough, a drop of water flicked onto it will dance and evaporate. Tell your child to always keep a close eye on anything that is over heat. Sometimes a recipe will call for medium-high heat, but don’t be afraid to turn the heat to low or even remove the pan from the stove.

Flip and Serve: A long, skinny spatula makes for flipping much easier for your trainee. Show your child how first, then give her a try. Give her the kitchen shears for cutting the quesadillas into serving portions. If she can use scissors, she should be able to cut the pieces easily.

If your child is not quite ready for this yet, then check out our post on the novice chef. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Here is your step by step guide for teaching your children how to measure, chop, slice, flip, bake and much more. Let the fun begin.

First you will want to introduce your child to washing, slicing, simple chopping, measuring, tasting and even improvising. Salad prepared with a homemade salad dressing is the perfect dish for new chefs. It is not hard to do, but it does have a number of tasks to do and it is an important part of the meal. For kids that are ready to go a bit further, making croutons from scratch will not only add a delicious crunch, but it will also introduce your little chef to working with heat.

How do you teach salad making?

Set up your work space. As you explain the importance of rinsing fruits and vegetables, set up your child at a clean sink or a large bowl filled half with cold water. If it is needed, have him stand on a sturdy chair or even a step stool. After swishing the herbs and lettuce for a bit, your child can put them in a salad spinner and whirl everything dry. Then tear everything into bit sized pieces. Have him rinse grapes and cucumbers in a small colander and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Introduce peeling and slicing.

Show him how to peel the cuke by dragging the peeler lengthwise from end to end. Always peel away from the body. Make sure you put the vegetable on a stable surface. Do not be tempted to hold it in the air. Peel away from your hands and always work directly in front of you. For cuke slicing, a wavy knife is the best bet. Let your child decide how thick or thin he wants the slices to be. Also, have him use a skid proof cutting board for a little extra added safety.

Mixing the dressing and tossing the salad.

Set up a little science lab where your child can learn to make salad dressing, first by using your recipe. Then he can move on to creating his own in future lessons. After he has added the dressing to the salad, he can practice his tossing skills with a pair of tongs. Be sure to explain that tossing means pulling the bottom leaves up to the top and not throwing the salad out of the bowl! Let him be the first to taste a leaf to test whether the salad has enough dressing.

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Start the day with a bang! Baked granola cups filled with yogurt and fruit will give your kids energy for hours. Here is how to make it. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. In a big bowl, mix 3tbsp. melted unsalted butter, 1\4 cup of honey, 1 3\4 cups rolled oats, 1\8 tsp. salt, 1\4 tsp. cinnamon, 1\4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes and 1\4 cup of flaxseed. Using wet fingers, Press the mixture into the muffin tin slots. Bake at 350 degrees until it is golden brown. It will take about 15 minutes. Let the muffin tin cool for about 15 minutes. Then use a spatula to remove the cups. Fill each cup with 1-2 tbsp. Greek yogurt and top with berries of your choice. Makes 8 granola cups. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Muffins

This is a delicious and healthy snack that is great for the kids after school or for a late night snack for parents. Get creative and use different nut butters and toppings. Have fun together and enjoy!

Supplies

  • Cutting board
  • Apple slicer
  • Small spatula
  • Apples
  • Granola
  • Raisins
  • Nuts

Steps

  • Core and slice apples.
  • Spread peanut butter on top of apples.
  • Sprinkle toppings over the peanut butter.

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