How to Get Your Kids Crazy for Kale

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Kale is full of vitamins, minerals, and all that good stuff. It’s not shaped like a cookie, it doesn’t look or smell like a cookie. So how do you get your kids to eat it? First off, do your kids even need it? The answer is yes! Kale is full of iron and vitamin K which helps clot blood. This means good news for your youngster who scrapes their knees playing outside everyday. Iron helps wounds clot, heal, and scab faster. Faster healing and healthy eating makes for happy parents!

But back to business. How do you get your kids to eat it? Do we negotiate? Reward with dessert later? Disguise it? Maybe. But here are five ways to get your kids to eat that leafy green goodness.

1. Chop it up and put it in their scrambled eggs or omelets. Drizzle some ketchup on their eggs and they won’t even know it’s there. If they do notice the green flakes, just say it is sprinkles, or these eggs are special speckled dragon eggs. Be creative!
2. Put a few leaves in their salad. If you are lucky enough that your kids eat salad, then you probably don’t have to beg little Susie to eat the kale.
3. Make a smoothie or juice. This is the easiest, undetectable way to get your kids to eat kale. The fruit overpowers the taste of the vegetable. You can even double or triple up their veggie dose by adding carrots, or cucumbers to the smoothie. If the sugar in the fruit is a bit much then water the smoothie or juice down. Instantly healthy!
4. Make little sushi roll ups. Kids love lunch meat roll ups. Make some fancy sushi by wrapping the turkey or cheese around a piece of kale or vice versa. Add some dipping sauce and the kids won’t complain!
5. Use the kale while making chicken stock for soup. Throw in some chicken, celery, carrots, onions, and kale! Simmer it for a while until the vegetables you are keeping are tender, then remove the kale. The kids will never know it was in there, but the vitamins are there to stay!
Getting the kids to eat healthy doesn’t always have to be a battle. With these easy tips, the kids will be getting their vegetables without a fuss! Happy cooking!

Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs Recipe

Harry Potter chocolate frogs recipe! Cheaper than Honeydukes and just as delicious!

Craving something sweet? Love Harry Potter and looking to recreate some food from the books and films? You’ve come to the right place! Well anyone can just melt chocolate and put in a mold right? Well because it is similar to Harry Potter it becomes fun and magical. Chocolate is magical all on its own of course but putting it in your own frog box and making it with love just adds to it! (see below! very helpful website! just print your template and follow the instructions!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtgTyWIEc1w

So I made sure to do this carefully and choose the right chocolate, the best melting method, and had to conjure up plenty of patience for this project. I also got a little creative with adding filling! I mean I love just solid chocolate, but my favorite is the chocolate peanut butter combination. So without further ado, here is how I make chocolate frogs.

Ingredients: 

-one 12 oz package of melting chocolate (I use ghirardelli’s milk chocolate) (if you are using semi sweet chocolate chips I would mix them with white chocolate chips and it makes for a sweeter tasting chocolate (similar to milk) and a better consistency.

-a double boiler

Directions: 

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and place the bowl or double boiler over the pot and add the chocolate, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. This melts fairly quickly. KEEP THE CHOCOLATE AWAY FROM MOISTURE! It was get lumpy and hard if in contact with the steam or water from the double boiler! (you can use the microwave too if you are crunched for time!)

2. Use a spoon to scoop chocolate into the molds or just pour it in. You can shake the mold a little to make smooth bottoms for your frogs and to get air bubbles out!

3. Chill in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or until solid.

4. Flip the mold upside down and tap lightly. The frogs should come loose pretty easily!

5. Eat and enjoy or keep them in the fridge to have later!

Directions for peanut butter frogs: 

1. While your chocolate is melting prepare the peanut butter filling! You will need

-1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

-1/4 – 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar! If you like the peanut butter filler thicker than use more sugar.

– a teaspoon of salt

– 1/4 cup of brown sugar. (this is optional, but it makes for an extra tasty filling!) Stir until well combined and store in the fridge for now.

2.  Coat the frog molds with just enough chocolate. Then freeze for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from the freezer and add a gob of the peanut butter filling and spread throughout the mold. Make sure you leave enough room to add a covering of chocolate!

4. Fill the rest of the mold with chocolate and tap to remove air bubble and smooth the bottom of the frogs. Freeze for 10-15 minutes!

5. Eat the frogs!

Here’s the mold I use! I got it off amazon for like $6.

* I haven’t tried this yet with marshmallow fluff filling but its on my list! Hope you guys enjoy!

10 Snacks We Ate as 90’s Kids

I’m feeling a little nostalgic, and now that I’m home for the summer I get to enjoy my mothers cooking again. I started thinking about all the cute snacks she made me when I was little. I was one lucky kid. So here is a list of 5 homemade snacks and 5 snacks you can buy at the store that can bring back memories or us 90’s kids.

Here come the homemade snacks!

1. Orange Smiles: Simple yet it is a labor of love for mothers to cut up their kids oranges and not make them peel it themselves. Yummy, but leaves a sticky mess more often than not for mom to clean up. As my mom would say “we sacrifice for our children” but  hopefully I wasn’t that messy of a kid.

2. Ants on a Log: A little bit more work, but even cuter of a snack. I loved this so much that I didn’t even mind the ant raisins trucking across my peanut butter. My mom thought I liked raisins, but in actuality I hated them. Always traded them with friends at lunch.

3. Fluffernutters: More like a meal rather than a snack, but these were awesome. I remember when I was first introduced to fluff. For a second I thought it was mayonnaise which I hate. But it’s fluffy, melted, spreadable heaven.

4. Muddy Buddies: This was a special treat! And more often than not you were helping mom make it which was very exciting! Another messy snack but totally worth it!

5. Homemade Ritz Peanut Butter Crackers: Way better than the packaged ones and bigger too. If we were out of bread for PBJ or fluffer nutters I would just make 5 of these suckers and that served as the main part of lunch. Throw in an apple and you’ve got a bagged lunch read for action!

And here’s the packaged snacks we all cherished!

6. Dunkaroos: my mom never let me have these. Too much sugar. But even when I did try them at a friend’s house I hated them anyway. You could literally see the sugar crystals in the frosting. ICK. But to each their own.

7. Gushers: These I had to beg for. There was something about a liquid filling inside a fruit bite that made every kid crazy. So good.

8. Fruit rollups: I loved to just ball up the whole strip then eat it. These were definetly laced with cocaine. Does anyone else remember when they came with tongue tattoos. That was their best marketing technique.

9. Scooby Doo Fruit snacks: I had a Scooby doo fetish when I was younger so that probably explains why these stuck in my childhood memories and my teeth. A side note: the transparent ones tasted different then the opaque ones. Favorite color: the white ones.

10. Munch ‘ems: Sour cream and onion. Hands down. These crackers made my young self realize what addiction was. They were light, crunchy, and coated in flavorings from heaven. WHERE HAVE THESE GONE. I CAN’T FIND THEM. EVERYONE PUT UP WANTED POSTERS…DEAD OR ALIVE PEOPLE. YOU HUNT THESE DOWN.

The common theme I noticed with my snack choices were that fruit snacks played a huge role in my childhood. What were your favorite snacks as a kid?