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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 August 15, 2018

                                                                                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                                  7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                                  Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                                                  Video Summary

                                                                                  Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                                                  There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                                                  This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                                                  Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                                                  In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                                                  One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                                                  There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                                                  By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                                                  When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                                                  Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                                                  In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                                                  What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                                                  What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                                                    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                                                    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                                                    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                                                    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                                                    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                                                    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                                                    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                                                      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                                                      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                                                      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                                                        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                                                        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                                                          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                                                          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                                                          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                                                          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                                                          5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                                                            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                                                            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                                              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                                              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                                                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                                                How to hold a plank position

                                                                                                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                                                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                                                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                                                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                                                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                                                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                                                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                                                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                                                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                                                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                                                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                                                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                                                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                                                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                                                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                                                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                                                  • Prolapse
                                                                                                  • After prolapse surgery
                                                                                                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                                                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                                                  • Previous childbirth
                                                                                                  • Overweight

                                                                                                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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