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10 Of The Best Cartoons To Watch With Your Kids

10 Of The Best Cartoons To Watch With Your Kids
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Animation is a source of hours upon hours of entertainment, and animated TV shows can contain deep messages that resonate with a wide variety of viewers. While you might expect to find great insights for your kids in things such as literature or motivational speeches, insights can also be found on the television screen. Parents looking to safely and entertainingly introduce their children to a range of different aspects of life from the comfort of the living room would be wise to take heed of this list of the best cartoons everyone can enjoy.

1. The Flinstones

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    “Yabba dabba do!”
    Arguably the first family of TV animation, The Flinstones paved the way for many of the best cartoons that followed. It’s an early, some would say prehistoric, reminder of the importance of family.

    2. Looney Tunes

    Lonney
      “What’s up, doc?”
      Undoubtedly one of the most important and best cartoons of all time, Looney Tunes introduced us to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Taz and so many more iconic characters.

      3. Peanuts

      A-Charlie-Brown-Christmas-image

        “Good grief…”

        The trials of Charlie Brown, as well as Lucy, Patty, Snoopy, Woodstock and more are perhaps best known for being told through the form of comic strips, but there’s a reason that the Peanuts holiday specials are rerun every year. They’re as timeless as the strip itself, teaching lessons that all kids- and even some adults- need to learn.

        4. Superman

        superman
          “Up in the sky, look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!”

          As a high-budget series, created in seventeen parts at the famous Fleischer Studios, the production of this animated show from the 1940s is stunning. It’s one of the best cartoons ever made on a technical level. Children will be astonished by the quality of cartoons made over seventy years ago.

          5. Batman: The Animated Series

          batman
            “Jingle bells! Batman smells! Robin laid an egg! The Batmobile lost a wheel and the Jo-ker got a-wa-a-a-ay!”
            The second and last superhero show on this list, Batman: The Animated Series is arguably not only one of the best cartoons ever made, but also the best depiction of Batman, especially for younger viewers. Everyone, though, will enjoy this Emmy-winning series.

            6. The Simpsons

            the-simpsons

              “D’oh!”

              While at times incredibly dark and poignant, The Simpsons never stops being a show that people of all ages can enjoy. One of the biggest and best cartoons of all time, it is able to discuss adult themes while still being suitable for children.

              7. The Fairly OddParents

              fairly
                “I wish…”
                A show about a boy with fairy godparents who can have his wishes come true (at a price) is a perfect way to teach kids how to manage expectations- and it’s quite funny, to boot.

                8. My Little Pony

                Pony
                  “Sure as sugar.”
                  My Little Pony is perhaps best known for the adult men who enjoy it (referred to as “bronies”) but it’s also incredibly beloved by children who learn wholesome lessons with each episode.

                  9. Avatar: The Last Airbender

                    “The true mind can weather all lies and illusions without being lost.
                    The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed.
                    Since beginning-less time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light.”
                    It was adapted into a terrible, terrible movie, but that doesn’t stop the original from being one of the best cartoons of the new millennium. It teaches children and adults alike about things such as culture, faith, perseverance and the power of storytelling.

                    10. Adventure Time

                    adventure
                      “Everything small is just a small version of something big.”
                      Easily the most bizarre cartoon on this list, Adventure Time is a hit among kids and adults for its unique approach to exploring matters of life we face every day. The lessons the characters learn are rarely what you’d expect, but that just makes them all the more memorable.
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                      Published on July 22, 2021

                      20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

                      20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week
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                      It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

                      Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

                      Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

                      1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

                        These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

                        Get the recipe here.

                        2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

                          This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

                          To try this recipe, go here.

                          3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

                            Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

                            Check out the recipe here.

                            4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

                              Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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                              Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                              5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

                                This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

                                Find the recipe here.

                                6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                                  The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                                  Get the recipe for this dish here.

                                  7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                                    Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                                    You can find the recipe here.

                                    8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                                      Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                                      Find the recipe here.

                                      9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                                        This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                                        Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                        10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                                          Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                                          The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                                          11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                                            Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                                            Find the recipe here.

                                            12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                                              This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                                              Find the recipe here.

                                              13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                                                Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                                                This easy recipe can be found here.

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                                                14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                                  Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                                  Find out how to make it here.

                                                  15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                                    This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                                    The recipe can be found here.

                                                    16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                                      This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                                      Find the recipe here.

                                                      17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                                        Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                                        Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                                        18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                                          Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                                          Find the recipe here.

                                                          19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                                            Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                                            Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                                            20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                                              Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                                              Get the recipe here.

                                                              Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                                              Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                                              Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                                              1. Lose the Sugar

                                                              Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                                              2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                                              Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                                              3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                                              Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                                              When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                                              Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                                              Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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