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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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                                                                                  Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                                                                  The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                                                  The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                                                  It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                                                                  If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                                                                  One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                                                                  Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                                                                  In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                                                                  Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                                                                  The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                                                                  Stress

                                                                                  If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                                                                  Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                                                                  We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                                                                  While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                                                                  Eating close to bedtime

                                                                                  Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                                                                  Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                                                                  Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                                                                  Medical conditions

                                                                                  In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                                                                  The vicious sleep cycle

                                                                                  The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                                                                  Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                                                                  You get a bad night’s sleep
                                                                                  –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                                                                  –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                                                                  –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                                                                    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                                                                    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                                                                    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                                                                    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                                                                    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                                                                    Here are a few suggestions:

                                                                                    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                                                                    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                                                                    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                                                                    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                                                                    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                                                                    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                                                                    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                                                                    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                                                                    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                                                                    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                                                                    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                                                                    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                                                                    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                                                                    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                                                                    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                                                                    Sleep better form now on

                                                                                    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                                                                    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                                                                    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                                                                                    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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