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Quick Kids' Meal Ideas

(Listen to Dr. Fuhrman on the local Alan Handelman show: Super Immunity - Disease-Proof Your Child - Eat to Live!)

CHillKids Recipes
Check out these recipes in our PRINT Family Educational Newspaper
(Chapel Hill/ Carrboro/ Hillsborough) & Durham County

July 2013: Jen's Refrigerator Pickles (click to p. 15)
So easy and fun to make with kids!
    · Read about Blue Morpho Butterflies at the Life + Science Museum's Magic Butterfly House in Durham on p. 10
    · Meet Todd Boyette, the Director of Morehead Planetarium & Science Center on p. 7

June 2013: Be Green Popsicle & Kale Man (click to p. 17)
    · Also read about Local Farmers' Markets on p. 15 (Chapel Hill/ Carrboro/Durham/Hillsborough)

May 2013: Healthy French Toast & Strawberries: (click to p. 17)
    · Also read about the ReCYCLEry in Carrboro on p. 15

April 2013: Spinach Apple Salad w/ Toasted Walnuts (click to p. 15)
  · Read a great short story by Lyle, a Carrboro Elementary 5th grader (The King, the Staff and the Walrus) on p. 10

March 2013: Pizza Bagel Snacks(click to p. 15)
· Read about the Wild Horses of Corolla, NC (Outer Banks) on p. 5

February 2013: Grapes in a Canoe(click to p. 15)
FUN kids' snacks made with celery, peanut butter or almond butter, red grapes & thin pretzel sticks

January 2013: Fortune Cookies (click to p. 9)

December 2013: Cranberry Oat Bran Muffins (click to p. 14)

SUMMERTIME FAVORITE:

Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

There is nothing like fresh lemonade on a hot, summer day, and it's so easy to make!

6 lemons, freshly squeezed, seeds removed (about 1 cup)
3/4 cup sugar (regular or superfine)
1 cup crushed ice
4 cups water

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  (If you don't have a blender, just mix the ingredients well.)  Makes 1 1/2 quarts.  Serve with ice and enjoy! (Add strawberries before blending for beautiful, natural pink lemonade.)

Click here for great lunch ideas from Whole Foods Kids

Healthy Oatmeal

Fresh cooked oatmeal makes a healthy, satisfying breakfast!  For steel cut oatmeal, soak the oatmeal in the cooking water overnight and then cook for 5-10 minutes.  Regular oatmeal can be cooked in 5 minutes or so without soaking.  

Make it even YUMMIER by adding one of the following: a teaspoon of vanilla, some maple syrup, cinnamon, diced apples, raisins, walnuts, FRESH FRUIT.

For a two-serving pot of oatmeal, add a teaspoon of vanilla an a teaspoon of cinnamon for yummy flavor without the sugar.  Add diced apples while cooking for a naturally sweetened flavor (or you can add the diced apples to the oatmeal after it has cooked it you prefer crunchy apples.)

Other healthy toppings to add to the cooked oatmeal: a sprinkling of walnuts; a dash of wheat germ; a dash of ground flax seed; a handful of blueberries.  Try something new every time!  

Serving Idea:  Place little measuring bowls with different toppings and  let the children decide which nuts or fruits they would like to mix in. (Also try sunflower seeds, a swirl of maple syrup for a little sweetness or a tiny bit of brown sugar.  Truly though, the fruit gives the oatmeal a perfect sweetness without any other sweetener.)

Oatmeal is a great healthy breakfast option.


Quick Mexican

For a quick and easy meal try making soft bean & cheese tacos.  (Heat up some tortillas, spread with refried beans, sprinkle with cheese.)  Serve with rice, guacamole, chopped tomatoes, and sour cream for a quick and easy favorite.  Saute some onions and green peppers for fajitas.

Grocery List:
Tortillas
Mashed, cooked Black Beans
Grated Cheese
Rice
Guacamole (buy ready-made, or mash fresh avocados with a little lemon juice and a pinch of salt)
Tomatoes
Onions and Green Peppers

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancakes - HEALTHIER, YUMMY version!

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake mix is available seasonally (Fall and Winter months). 

Here's our tip for making them yummy and healthier:  Substitute 1 container (4 oz.) of Trader Joe's organic apple sauce for the butter called for in the instructions. 

(You can use the applesauce 1:1 instead of melted butter.  If you are making the entire box, then use 4 oz. of organic apple sauce rather than 1 stick of melted butter.  Trader Joe's sells individual 4 oz serving organic applesauce in 4 packs; we keep a 4 pack in our pantry for baking.  The Chapel Hill Trader Joe's is located in the Village Plaza between 15-501 and Franklin St.

Applesauce works great as a melted butter replacement for pancake mixes, and when make pancakes from scratch.  We don't notice any difference in texture; the pancakes taste the same or better.  Over time replacing melted butter with applesauce will save your family a HUGE amount of unnecessary fat and cholesterol, without giving up flavor or texture!

 

Blueberry Smoothie

Here are our favorite versions:

1. Super Healthy & Delicious Version: Combine 1 cup frozen organic baby spinach, 1 cup frozen blueberries, and 1 banana (and add water or orange juice until you have the consistency you like) for a delicious, healthy treat.  Serves 2.  This is a great way to pack in the healthy benefits spinach; kids LOVE this blueberry smoothie.

2. Combine 1 cup frozen organic blueberries, 1 banana, and 1 cup organic vanilla or plain yogurt in a blender, and blend on high speed.  Makes 2 servings.

Banana Frozen Ice Cream "Fluff" (better than ice cream; no need for sugar - really yummy!)

This delicious treat is another healthy alternative from Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  Our kids enjoy it as much as they like ice cream.  Just PEEL and then freeze ripe bananas and have them ready in the freezer for a quick and delicious treat.

1 banana per person

(Peel and freeze ripe bananas in a plastic bag or pyrex bowl or other freezer-friendly container.)

For each banana, add 1/4 cup vanilla soy milk (we sometimes substitute low fat milk instead of soy milk)

Add a dash of vanilla extract, optional

Place the soy milk in the food processor, with the S blade in place. Turn the machine on and add slices of frozen banana.  Makes a delicious, healthy! ice cream treat that kids love.

Dr. Fuhrman's Famous Anti-Cancer Soup (aka KIDS-FAVORITE-SOUP) Our kids LOVE this soup!  The base is 5 pounds of juiced carrots (or buy carrot juice). No need to dice the onions, zucchini or leeks; they are placed in the pot after removing the outer skins/inedible parts, and they are essentially steamed until soft.  The soup is then blended together with the addition of carrot and celery juice.  Not having to chop the veggies but rather placing them in the pot whole ends up saving a LOT of time.  Most importantly, kids and grown-ups love this soup and don't mind having leftovers re-heated the next day!

Breakfast for Dinner

For a change of pace (or when you just can't think of what to cook), try making breakfast for dinner!  Kids enjoy the novelty of having omelets, scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles, fresh fruit, and orange juice, etc. for dinner.  You may find that you already have everything you need to throw something together in the fridge and pantry.

Sweet Potato Fries

Make sweet potato fries as a special treat for yourself and your kids!  Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into thick fries (or use a french fry cutter), spray them with cooking oil or brush lightly with olive oil, sprinkle salt or garlic salt and pepper.  Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes or until brown on bottom. Turn and bake another 15 minutes or until crisp and tender when tested with fork.

Healthy Snacks:

Blueberries - USDA researchers have found that our of 30 fruits and vegetables studied, the blueberry is the top defender of body cells against free radicals (free radicals cause aging and diseases in the body).  Even better, blueberries are delicious!  For more info visit www.blueberry.org.

Click for LOCAL BLUEBERRY PICKING in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Durham, North Carolina!

Take the HEALTHY KIDS Challenge:
Help Support Healthy Kids 
through Healthy Eating

 

GREAT WEBSITE FOR ASPIRING JUNIOR CHEFS!  For lots of information for aspiring young chefs (including recipes, nutrition information, great mini-math lessons, and mini-lessons about the types of food served in different parts of the world along with recipes for each geographic region), see the Culinary Institute of America's website for kids at www.CIAKids.com.

Food-Related Links:

The Blue Ocean Institute Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood - Some fish species are high in mercury or other dangerous contaminants; other fish species are being over-fished or captured using methods that threaten to eliminate the species.  The Blue Ocean Institute Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood includes red flag notes for fish species for which one or more consumption advisories exist from state agencies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency, or where consumption concerns of certain fish species have been highlighted in scientific studies.  The guide also has a color-coded fish key showing which fish species are relatively abundant, those where problems exist with the farming methods, and those where the species are being overfished, have a high rate of "bycatch" (ensnaring other creatures), and poor management etc.

 

 

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