Recipes for Kids Beverages
Black Currant Tea
Hot Chocolate Mix
Raspberry Orange Juice
(Family Features) - Protect your smoothie's reputation by paying attention to both what's inside the cup and the cup itself.
First gaining popularity under the "health food" halo in the 1960s, smoothies are now a mainstream beverage enjoyed for both health and refreshment. They are a perfect to-go beverage, but equally great for a relaxing break at home.
Although there are no hard and fast ingredient rules, smoothies differ from shakes and malts by using ingredients such as yogurt or a juice base, fruits and honey to contribute sweetness and flavor, and any number of add-in options to provide fiber, antioxidants or even protein.
The Everything Green Smoothie, for example, is a refreshing, good-for-you sipper made in minutes with just four ingredients - honeydew, kiwi, lime and honey - some ice and a blender. That's quicker than a trip to the local smoothie shop. Or if berries are your favorite, this Raspberry Smoothie is extra easy because it starts with frozen raspberries. Just add orange and lemon juices, and honey.
Smoothie options like these respect the beverage's
good-for-you reputation and call for a to-go cup with a matching
profile that says "I care." Copco, a division of Wilton Enterprises,
has delivered an innovative product that looks and works just like the
classic cold beverage cup, but it is reusable. The 24-ounce BPA-free
Stir 'n Sip Cup(tm) can be used for any cold beverage. It includes a
quarter-turn lid sealing mechanism and reusable stirrer straw so you
can stir as you drink. Its textured, non-slip grip makes it easy to
carry and it keeps the cold beverage from feeling cold to your hands.
The cup is dishwasher safe and completely reusable, reducing garbage
and providing added cost savings.
Morning Meal Make-Overs
(Family Features) - What does breakfast look like at your house? A quick toaster pastry or fast food sandwich? Or, perhaps there's no breakfast at all. If so, your family is part of a growing trend that could have negative consequences. A new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association* reports that breakfast is often a non-meal - 20 percent of children and 32 percent of adolescents were found to be breakfast skippers.
Children and teenagers are increasingly leaving the house in the morning without eating a nutritious breakfast, and less than 20 percent of breakfast meals eaten at home include milk, according to The NPD Group's National Eating Trends. That's why the national Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign is putting the spotlight on breakfast - and reinforcing the importance of adding lowfat or fat free milk to the morning meal.
"If your kids don't make the most of this opportunity in the morning, then they'll likely not make up for it later in the day," said registered dietitian and blogger Liz Weiss, who is one of The Meal Makeover Moms, along with Janice Newell Bissex. "One of the best ways to be sure you've got all their bases covered is to pour a bowl of cereal with low fat milk. It's not only easy, quick and affordable, but it's one of the most nutrient-rich choices you can make. If kids don't have milk in the morning, it's unlikely they'll get the three servings they need each day."
The new study, conducted by researchers at the Agricultural Research Service Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, found that children and teens who consumed ready-to-eat cereal for breakfast were more likely to have better quality diets and healthier weights.
Using national data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the researchers found:
"Breakfast should provide about one-third of the day's nutrients, but it serves an additional role that's vitally important for kids," said Weiss. "The nourishment and energy that a good breakfast provides helps to unlock your child's potential as they head back to school. They simply cannot perform as well in the classroom - or the playing field - without a nutritious morning meal."
The Meal Makeover Moms have a couple of tips for starting each day off on the right foot and building a strong family:
For more tips and information on making the most of your morning meals, visit www.whymilk.com.Deshmukh-Taskar PR, Nicklas TA, O'Neil CE, Keast DR, Radcliffe JD, Cho S. The relationship of breakfast skipping and type of breakfast consumption with nutrient intake and weight status in children and adolescents: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2006. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2010;110:869-878