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Soak Up the Sun . . . and Some Vitamin D!

What the human body is capable of doing is pretty incredible. It can turn food into energy. It can turn water into sweat. It can turn new experiences into memories. And, how about this for cool? It can turn sunlight into a vitamin required for human survival. It’s true. While most of the different vitamins that [...]

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I Scream, You Scream: States of Matter and Ice Cream

School's out for the summer! But, that doesn't mean your kids won't learn anything. Discover how matter changes states by making a ice cream.Matter First, let's talk about matter. Matter is a scientific term that basically means stuff. Rocks are matter, and so are things as different as carrots and bicycles and raindrops and air. Matter is [...]

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Your Guide to Blueberries

Happy blueberry season! These delicious berries are in season June through August in the US. Blueberries don’t grow on a tree or vine but on a shrub, which is like a large bush. Mature blueberry bushes are usually taller than kids and can be very wide around. Blueberries are ready to be picked when they change from [...]

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Kids' Activity: Kitchen Concentration

Introducing new ideas and fundamentals to kids requires explanation and repetition. One of the best ways to introduce new ideas to children is through games. The game Concentration, sometimes called Memory, is great for kids as young as 3. This game will work very well for introducing kitchen gadgets and explaining what the different gadgets can do. [...]

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Banana Bread

Makes about 12 servingsWhat you need:2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1 each of all-purpose and whole wheat)¼ cup white sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon salt 1 cup old-fashioned oats (plus 2 teaspoons)½ cup milk1 cup mashed bananas2 eggs, beaten½ cup vegetable oilHow you do it:Preheat oven to 350 degrees [...]

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Avocado Toast

When is toast not just toast? When it is covered with toppings like an open-faced sandwich, it is called a tartine. A fun way to eat avocado is as a protein-packed toast topper. Try your own combination of toppings.What you need:1 thick slice of bread, toastedHalf of a fresh avocado, mashed2 thick slices of tomatosalt [...]

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It's October So Let's Eat!

Celebrate the fall with these food observances in October. Which one are you excited about?National Chili MonthNational Seafood MonthNational Cookie MonthNational Dessert MonthNational Pasta MonthNational Pork MonthNational Apple MonthNational Caramel MonthLike our posts? Hungry for more? Sign up for our free email newsletter filled with lots of ideas and recipes to inspire family, food and [...]

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Teaching Kids to Grocery Shop

Grocery shopping can be an important learning tool to teach important reasoning and math skills. Shopping is a great opportunity to teach your child how to make good choices based on need, price, and quality. Below are a few suggestions to make your next trip to the supermarket fun and educational.Start off by having your child help prepare a [...]

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Let's Make Pancakes

Pancakes are relatively easy to make, taste great, and the few minutes of extra prep time makes them an extra special treat. Your kids will love watching the batter bubble before it’s time to flip. It’s also a great opportunity to encourage creativity as they concoct fun topping ideas.Makes 8 4-inch diameter pancakesIngredients: 2 tablespoons white vinegar ¾ cup milk 1 [...]

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The Dubious Qualifications of a Kids' Food Magazine Publisher

I often get asked why I do what I do, and how I’m qualified to do it. I'm the publisher and editor of Ingredient magazine and Butternut magazine. It’s a funny thing, though, since what I think I do and what it looks like I do to others is a bit different--well, actually pretty wildly different. Most people [...]

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