• How Much Sugar Is Really in That Can?

    How Much Sugar Is Really in That Can?

    What your kids drink is just as important as what they eat when it comes to healthy eating habits for your kids. Spark People estimates that more than a third of the daily calories consumed are actually from beverages. When those calories come from milk, it's not such a bad thing, but when they come from sugary drinks like soda, those calories are definitely not good for your kids. Here's what you need to know about soda consumption.

  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween!

    It's that time of the year again for ghosts and goblins to take to the streets for Halloween fun and a whole lot of candy consumption. Whether you are a Count Chockula or a ghostly gummy fanatic, Halloween is proven to have something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Let's take a haunted ride through your Halloween night and talk about how to have a great time while staying as healthy as can be.

    It's 5:00 pm on Halloween evening, and the festivities are about to take off, but there is one thing to tackle before hitting the streets, and that is dinner. Healthy eating for kids is even more important on Halloween, since a hungry child will only lead to more candy noshing on the road. But include this in the celebration, and spook up your meal. Make sandwiches and use Halloween cookie cutters and serve the ghostly sandwiches with soup served out of a creepy cauldron. Soup and sandwiches aren't your thing? Let your kid chef get creative in coming up with a Halloween themed dinner that will suit your family.

  • What's Your Favorite Color of M&M©?

    What's Your Favorite Color of M&M©?

    Halloween is just around the corner, and cooking with your kids and putting together Halloween treat bags is a great way to make lasting family memories. Peanuts, almonds, coconut, chocolate chips, and M&Ms© are common ingredients for a gourmet snack mix that's easy to make and fun to eat. But before you start zipping up the bags, do you know what's actually in that bag? Most of the time, you probably won't have a hard time figuring out the base ingredients, but don't forget to consider the different ingredients used to make the various candy colors.

  • From Apple Picking to Apple Pie

    From Apple Picking to Apple Pie

    Cooking with kids is always a fun family activity, but you can take it up a notch by taking your children to a farm or orchard to pick their own produce to use in a baking project. The added field trip gets them out of the house and into nature, gets them off their fannies and onto their feet, and gives them a bit of agriculture education in the process.

    Sure, pumpkin patches offer kids a chance to pick their Halloween pumpkins, but there’s nothing like spending a fall day in an apple orchard then using your bounty to bake an apple pie at home. Really, you could do this with your children at any pick-your-own farm or orchard: cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries – all make amazing seasonal cakes, cobblers and clafoutis. But we're going with apples because, well, what’s more American than apple pie?

  • The Right Temperature to Store Food and Keep You Safe

    The Right Temperature to Store Food and Keep You Safe

    Children have a healthy hunger to learn and explore the world with their hands, and when their curiosity leads them into the kitchen, it's important they have all of the right tools to keep them safe and healthy. So, when it comes to food preparation – there's no going off recipe. Today we will be cooking with the topic of food temperatures. It is not only important in preparing food, but we will look at the often overlooked topic of food storage with regard to how to store and why it is so important to follow these guidelines once you've had your portions for the day.

    Our first ingredient in this recipe is understanding why food temperature is so important. A little bacteria never hurt anyone, right? Well, that is actually very wrong. Specifically, the bacteria that can hurt you are called pathogens and they cause food poisoning. The scary thing about these bacteria, is that unlike spoiled food that gives off an unappealing odor or slimy consistency, it hides undetected with odor or unusual texture. With possible life threatening consequences pathogens like salmonella or E.coli have, it's ever so important to make sure you do everything you can to stop these bacteria from invading your food.