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Master Chef-To-Be: 40 Easy Recipes To Cook With Kids

Master Chef-To-Be: 40 Easy Recipes To Cook With Kids

It’s so much fun to cook with your kids. Not only will you have a greater chance of having your food eaten, it’s also a great opportunity to bond with them. Cooking enables your kids to express their creativity, try something new (instead of spending the whole day watching TV), or discover their passion for food and cooking. These recipes need some adult supervision but they’re extremely easy to make. So hand those aprons to your little ones and start cooking these recipes with your kids!

Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Balls

    1. Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Balls from Baby Gizmo. These peanut butter chocolate balls are to die for! Plus, they’re so easy to make that you can just sit back, relax, and watch your kids do finish them in one sitting. And did I mention, it requires less than five ingredients?

    Cheese Puffs

      2. Cheese Puffs from Childhood 101. If your kids can’t get enough of cheese, then this recipe is something you can do together for an afternoon snack or lunch. Have fun doing this by coming up with a theme and shaping your cheese puffs based on it.

      Spinach Ricotta Shells

        3. Spinach Ricotta Shells from Simple Bites. Having trouble getting your kids eat vegetables? Then this recipe is a must try! It takes less than 30 minutes to do and only requires a few ingredients. With minimal assistance, you can get your kids cook good, real, and healthy meal.

        Chocolate Granola Bars

          4. Chocolate Granola Bars from Pint-Sized Treasures. Are your kids craving for something sweet? These chocolate granola bars are perfect fit! The fun involved in making these bars will make your kids think that these are way better (which they are) than those sold in the market.

          Blue Cheese and Herbs Dip

            5. Blue Cheese and Herbs Dip from True Aim Education. Who says only adults can whip up a delectable dip? Kids can do it too! This blue cheese and herbs dip is perfect for almost anything.

            Corn Dog Muffins

              6. Corn Dog Muffins from Moments with Mandi. Get your kids excited for lunch with muffins they made themselves. These corn dog muffins are easy to make (take less than 30 minutes) and taste good too. Even your most picky kid will have a hard time not trying one.

              Apple Cheesecake Breakfast Quesadillas

                7. Apple Cheesecake Breakfast Quesadillas from Lemon Tree Dwelling. Sweet quesadillas for breakfast? Why not? These apple-filled quesadillas will make your kids excited again for breakfast.

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                Onion Rolls

                  8. Onion Rolls from BeBetsy. If you haven’t tried baking with your kids, these homemade onion rolls is a great way to start. Unlike other breads, this doesn’t require kneading. And the best part of it? Your kitchen will smell amazing.

                  Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars

                    9. Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars from Picky Palate. This a 3-ingredient no-bake dessert that will give you a 5-star rating from your kids. Make several batches and have them share these with their friends.

                    Breakfast Toast Cups

                      10. Breakfast Toast Cups from B.Britnell. Give your kids a cereal break for breakfast with these easy to make toast cups. The preparation and serving of this healthy meal requires a little more effort than the cereal-milk combo but it is something that your little ones would enjoy.

                      Shells and White Cheddar

                        11. Shells and White Cheddar from She Makes and Bakes. Are your kids craving for their comfort food again (yes, the all-time favorite mac and cheese). Give in to their craving by letting them cook with you this shells and white cheddar meal. Unlike the usual mac and cheese, you’ll be boiling the pasta not in the water but in milk!

                        Taco Pizza

                          12. Taco Pizza from Life in the Lofthouse. While it’s easy to make a taco, it’s more fun to make a taco pizza! The spreading of the colorful toppings is something that your kids won’t resist.

                          Nutella Brownies

                            13. Nutella Brownies from Kirbie Cravings. If your kids are huge Nutella lovers, then there’s no doubt that they will love these chewy brownies. The best part? They only require 3 ingredients – Nutella, eggs, and flour (no kidding!).

                            Honey Bread

                              14. Honey Bread from Mess for Less. Help improve your kids sensory and motor functions by having them join you in making this honey bread. It tastes good and leaves your home smelling great!

                              Pappardelle with Leeks and Corn

                                15. Pappardelle with Leeks and Corn from Hello Wonderful. Pasta dishes can be your way to get your kids eat vegetables. This easy-to-do pasta recipe is perfect for family dinners.

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                                No Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars

                                  16. No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars from Averie Cooks. Cereals are not just for breakfast; they can be fun snacks too! This no-bake snack bar will make your kids realize that their Cherrios deserve more than just the milk.

                                  Salad in a Jar

                                    17. Salad in a Jar from Hello Wonderful. If you have picky eaters in your house, this salad in a jar is a wonderful strategy to make them eat their veggies. Lay down their options and have your kids decide for items to place in the jar.

                                    Chicken Salad

                                      18. Chicken Salad from Half Hour Meals. Preparing healthy meals with your kids is a great way to talk to them the value of healthy eating. While you chop and they toss the veggies, you can talk how each of them can do good to their bodies.

                                      Orange Mango Carrot Smoothie

                                        19. Orange Mango Carrot Smoothie from Simple Bites. Here’s another trick to get your kids eat fruits and vegetables – let them help you make a delicious healthy smoothie. The color and flavor of this orange mango carrot smoothie are things that your kids (and you) won’t resist.

                                        Turkey and Cucumber Wraps

                                          20. Turkey and Cucumber Salad Wraps from Delish. Looking for a quick lunch? These turkey and cucumber salad wraps aren’t just filling but as well healthy for you and your kids.

                                            21. Ham, Cheese, and Spinach Muffins from Learn with Play at Home. These ham, cheese, and spinach muffins taste so good that your kids can’t trace the vegetable in it. It’s a quick lunch you can prepare together.

                                            Pineapple-Mango Salmon

                                              22. Pineapple-Mango Salmon from Parenting. Surprise your family with this pineapple-mango salmon dish that only take less than 30 minutes to prepare. The tangy flavor of the fruits complements the flavor of the fish in teriyaki sauce.

                                              Tuna Flippers

                                                23. Tuna Flippers from Community Table. Are your kids craving for burgers? Skip the fastfood and do this instead! Your kids will enjoy flipping their healthy patties.

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                                                Banana Ice Cream

                                                  24. Banana Ice Cream from 100 Days of Real Food. Nothing beats homemade ice cream! This frozen banana treat is perfect for those warm, lazy days.

                                                  Baked Spaghetti Squash

                                                    25. Baked Spaghetti Squash from Cooking with My Kid. Surprise your kids with a healthier version of their favorite pasta. Make use of their endless energy by letting them do the squash scraping (they’ll love it!).

                                                    Donut Hole Skewers

                                                      26. Donut Hole Skewers from ValSoCal. This is a quick snack that you and your kids can enjoy doing and eating together. See your kids on their biggest smile as they put together the fruits and donut holes.

                                                      Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

                                                        27. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries from Damn Delicious. Who says zucchinis are boring? These baked zucchini fries will make your kids forget the unhealthy fries they used to crave. Broil them for a few more minutes and you’ll achieve the extra crisp the entire family will love.

                                                        Berry Ice Pops

                                                          28. Berry Ice Pops from Fit Fun Delish. Beat the heat of warm days with these berry ice pops. They’re free from unwanted added sugar and flavoring.

                                                          Peanut Butter Quesadillas

                                                            29. Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas from Budget Bytes. Give in to your kids’ peanut butter craving with these easy to make quesadillas. Let your kids do the preparation (in any way they want) and you can do the cooking.

                                                            Maple Belgian Waffles

                                                              30. Maple Belgian Waffles from Country Living. Make your kids jump out of their beds in the morning by having maple belgian waffles for breakfast. Cook with them and they’ll have more reasons to get up early.

                                                              Strawberry Agua Fresca

                                                                31. Strawberry Agua Fresca from Cooking Light. Skip the sugary drinks in the grocery and make a healthier one instead using this recipe from Cooking Light. You can add more or less strawberries depending on how sweet you’d like your drink to be.

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                                                                Quinoa Burrito Bowl

                                                                  32. Quinoa Burrito Bowl from Eating Rules. Get your picky eaters at home eat healthy food by getting them involved in preparing for this quinoa burrito bowl. Your kids can do the stirring, mixing, and with some assistance, they can help measure the ingredients too.

                                                                  10 Minute Creamy Cauliflower Soup

                                                                    33. 10 Minute Creamy Cauliflower Soup from Super Healthy Kids. Another trick to get your kids eat vegetables is to make soup. This creamy soup is a great way to sneak in the healthy goodness of cauliflower in your child’s meal.

                                                                    2 Ingredient Banana Cookies

                                                                      34. 2-Ingredient Banana Cookies from Kid Activities Blog. Looking for a sugar and guilt-free snacks you can give to your kids? This 2-ingredient banana cookies recipe is the answer.

                                                                      Healthy Bites

                                                                        35. Healthy Bites from Laughing Kids Learn. These healthy bites are so easy to make that even your toddlers can do them!

                                                                        Healthy Chicken Pot Popovers

                                                                          36. Healthy Chicken Pot Popovers from Food Network. These creamy chicken popovers are appealing to both kids and adults. Hand your kids the job of cracking the eggs, stirring the batter, or even measuring the ingredients.

                                                                          Mini Snowman Pizzas

                                                                            37. Mini Snowman Pizzas from Tablespoon. Can’t get enough of pizzas? Try this kid-friendly snowman version!

                                                                            Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

                                                                              38. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie from Meaningful Eats.Treat the entire family with this chocolate peanut butter smoothie. It’s easy to make that your kids can do this on their own everyday.

                                                                              Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza

                                                                                39. Rainbow Veggie Flatbread Pizza from Gimme Some Oven. Be prepared with oohs and aahs from your kids as you make this colorful pizza. Let your kids arrange the veggies in any way they want. They can do it in rows by color or just mix everything! This vegetable pizza is a 5-star both in taste and look.

                                                                                Easy Chicken Fried Rice

                                                                                  40. Easy Chicken Fried Rice from Iowa Girl Eats. Cooking at home is healthier and can save you money. So why opt for stir fry takeouts if you can make it at home? You can make this chicken fried rice with your kids in less than 15 minutes.

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                                                                                  Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                                                                  Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                                                                  Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                                                                                  I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                                                                                  This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                                                                                  What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                                                                                  As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                                                                                  While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                                                                                  The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                                                                                  Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                                                                                  Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                                                                                  The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                                                                                  It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                                                                                  My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                                                                                  You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                                                                                  Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                                                                                  1. Drink Plenty of Water

                                                                                  Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                                                                                  2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                                                                                  The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                                                                                  3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                                                                                  One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                                                                                  4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                                                                                  The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                                                                                  To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                                                                                  5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                                                                                  While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                                                                                  Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                                                                                  You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                                                                                  How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                                                                                  Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                                                                                  This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                                                                                  Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                                                                                  Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                                                                                  The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                                                                                  Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                                                                                  Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                                                                                  One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                                                                                  This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                                                                                  Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                                                                                  Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                                                                                  Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                                                                                  Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                                                                                  How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                                                                                  The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                                                                                  While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                                                                                  Can I Work out While Fasting?

                                                                                  Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                                                                                  The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                                                                                  Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                                                                                  Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                                                                                  First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                                                                                  Is Fasting Safe?

                                                                                  As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                                                                                  I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                                                                                  Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                                                                                  As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                                                                                  I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                                                                                  For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                                                                                  Conclusion

                                                                                  Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                                                                                  If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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