Every year, October rolls around bringing with it candy corn and peanut butter cups. This then transitions into a season of pumpkin and pecan pies followed by holiday cookies. It is possible to let children enjoy the treats of the season while still maintaining their health, wellness and balance. These practical tips for a healthy holiday season can help you navigate this season of kids and treats.
Nom on this delicious cubed apple cinnamon oats! This recipe is perfect for a chilly fall day! This week our kitchen vocabulary word is cube. To cube food means to cut into square pieces, where all sides are equal! Oatmeal is a great source of fiber and these delicious cinnamon apples make oats even tastier!
This week we are featuring 5 healthy lunches for kid chefs and their parents to make together. The best part: they aren’t all sandwiches! Many of them are rolls, or "sandwich cousins" as we like to call them. We are also super excited for spring to finally arrive so we went for maximum color in these lunches. (And as you might know, "eating the rainbow" is a great way to make sure your kiddos get lots of different types of nutrients.) Yum!
Need to cool down on a sweltering hot summer day? These fro-yo grapes are an excellent healthy summer snack for kids and they'll help the whole family cool down with icy grapey deliciousness. Assembling these grapes is extra fun because it involves toothpicks! So try these fro-yo grapes for an interactive afternoon snack! They also make a grape (!) excuse to play with your food.
Summer is just around the corner! Nothing beats the summer heat like a fresh and sweet Summer Fruit Pizza! Now, don't worry, this isn't fruit on a regular pizza, it's all sweet with none of the refined sugars. Summer Fruit Pizza is a healthy pizza that's perfect from breakfast to dessert! It's great to take to a summer BBQ, a graduation party, or a fun picnic. Summer Fruit Pizza brings the taste of summer to you, no matter the occasion!
Watermelon Mint Lime Popsicles are a sweet and easy treat that can be eaten as an after school snack or a healthy dessert. Watermelons are a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C and can usually be found all year round because of how popular they are.
This recipe is made for anyone with a sweet tooth. It also uses real ingredients as a natural alternative to store-bought, processed whipped cream. Whisking this whipped cream only takes three ingredients. A sweet treat is only minutes away with this recipe.
We LOVE kale here at Nomster Chef and hope you do, too! It's high in fiber and has tons of iron, vitamin k and antioxidants. As if it could get any better, you can also make "chips" out of kale! So fun and easy to nom on. This Taco Kale Chip version has some of our favorite Mexican spices, plus nutritional yeast (an ingredient that tastes like cheese but is healthy and vegan). Mmm!
With Father’s Day around the corner and temperatures soaring into the 90s in NYC, we thought it would be perfect timing to make fruit ice pops, for your pops! If your dad loves food, these 4 ingredient ice pops will be an excellent way to say “thanks Dad, stay cool.” You can make them now to prepare for Father's Day or make them the morning of, but remember fruit ice pops need to freeze for several hours. And if mango isn’t your dad’s thing, you can easily swap in a different fruit. Happy Father's Day!
It's time to show your child's teacher how much they mean to you! As a former pre-kindergarten teacher, I know from experience that healthy snacks are always appreciated. You can make your own nut and seed brittle using the recipe below and wrap up the goodies in a plastic container or mason jar. It's a DIY teacher appreciation gift kids can make, and teachers are sure to appreciate the extra love that went into the present.
Happy Earth Day! On Earth Day we should always think about what we can do to help our planet. When we cook, a lot of food gets thrown out and that hurts the environment! That won’t happen with our special Earth Day recipe: Earth Day Rainbow Carrot Peel Chips! Earth Day Rainbow Carrot Peel Chips are a easy Earth Day dish that uses every part of the carrot, so there's no leftover waste. It can even be a healthy new part of lunch or snack time!
This healthy Easter treat for kids will be super fun for the whole family to make and eat!With the food coloring that gives the bark its pretty colors, young chefs can get creative and explore a variety of colors. What happens when you mix pink yogurt with blue yogurt? Swirl them together to find out!
Top of the mornin' to ya and Happy St. Patrick's Day! The luck of the Irish will be with you if you make this St. Patrick's Day Spinach Dip! St. Patrick's Day Spinach Dip is a simple and healthy treat that’s great for a party or just a holiday snack! The best part of this dip is that you can eat every part of it so there's less of a mess.
Valentine's Day is one of the sweetest days of the year, and what better way to share your love than through food! Satisfy your sweet tooth and your taste buds with this Valentine's DIY: Sweet Strawberries. What's not to love about chocolate covered strawberries? Tastes like candy, but with half the guilt and enjoyable for loved ones of all ages.
Kid chefs will love using fruit as their canvas as they paint with chocolate and yogurt and decorate with sprinkles. And they will love the chance to make a sweet treat to show their love for their fam and friends! They're so fun to make, they might just make this recipe all year round!
With so much decorating, shopping, and wrapping, we sometimes forget to stop and share the seasonal spirit with our little ones through food. It can be both easy and enjoyable to make Christmas cooking with kids a part of your December plans with our Strawberry Santa Pops!
This week we will be making an edamame dip! Edamame is a soybean that is found in many East Asian dishes. Edamame is also packed with fiber! This simple snack is made with garlic cloves, which brings us to our vocabulary word of the week: mince. To mince means to cut into very small pieces. We usually mince garlic cloves to make them smaller so we can cook with them!
Our Kitchen Vocabulary Word this week is Dice. To dice means to cut something into smaller pieces or cubes. Dicing is used in salsa to cut the ingredients into finer pieces that are easier to dip into. This mango salsa recipe is a refreshing option for summer and chock-full of knife skills exercises for you and your kid chef to learn together.
Y is for Yogurt! Yogurt is a healthy food that can be used in a lot of different dishes such as Yogurt Ranch Dip.Yogurt Ranch Dip is an easy to make dish that can be served for an after school snack or at a party! The best part about this recipe is that all the ingredients are simple so even picky eaters will love Yogurt Ranch Dip!
A honeyed Ugli Fruit Yogurt Parfait is a snack time treat that is healthy and easy for anyone to make! Parfaits are a layered sweet treat that can be eaten at home or on the go. Ugli fruits are in season from November-May in the United States. We couldn’t find any Ugli fruit at our grocery store, but grapefruit or tangelo works just as well (we used grapefruit).
Make your own salad dressings are really fun to make for kid chefs. What could be more delightful than putting something in a jar and shaking as hard as you can? It can also be a fun science lesson: what is an emulsion? Why don't oil and vinegar like each other? And since you can make them so quickly, even the littlest chefs have the patience for these recipes.
This 4 ingredient orange smoothie is exactly what you need on a hot summer day like today. This smoothie tastes like an orange creamsicle. Amazing. Oranges are jam packed with vitamin c and rich in potassium, so time to get smoothie-ing!
It's hard to believe that June is almost over and 4th of July is right around the corner! Get your kids into the red, white and blue spirit by making these 4th of July ice pops together. This is a fun and easy cooking activity with minimal clean up and only involves 3 ingredients, and no added sweeteners! Happy 4th of July!
This make your own hummus recipe is super quick and easy to make, perfect for kid chefs. The finished product is super creamy and oh so tasty, you’re going to want to make it again….and again. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Just don't be surprised if your Nomster eats it all up!
We decided to make these flax seed mug muffins and were pleasantly surprised by how yummy they were. They tasted like cinnamon coffee cake! These muffins in a mug are doubly great if you or your little ones are lacking in self control (we definitely have none). You can make just 1 muffin so no need to tempt yourself with an entire tray.
Looking for a Cinco de Mayo recipe your chef pequeño can make for your fiesta? We've got you covered with our Cinco de Mayo Mexican Carrot Slaw recipe. Your niños will love shredding carrots and radishes in the food processor. Kid chefs will also love the yummy lime, cumin, and cilantro that give these carrots a Mexican twist. !Qué sabroso!
Mason is a 4-year-old chef who's been cooking with his mom since he was 2 years old. We love his infectious enthusiasm for food, and are seriously impressed by his skills. Watch the video if you'd like a dose of extra cuteness!
Want to encourage your kiddo's love for cooking but don't want their first recipe to be roast leg of lamb with creme brûlée? Kids' cookbooks are excellent because they offer recipes that are both appropriate for beginning chefs but also that appeal to small people with still-developing palates. There are lots of good cookbooks for kid chefs out there, but today we'll highlight 4 of them. These cookbooks make great gifts for kids who like to cook, or for parents who would like to cook with their kids. Happy cooking and nomming!