Berry Blast Smoothie from the Kid Approved Healthy Snacks Cookbook

630200Learning ZoneXpress is excited about the new Kid Approved Healthy Snacks Cookbook. All of these recipes look fantastic, so we asked our fans to give them a try. Chelsea is a Wellness Coach for a Medical Center in Minnesota and couldn’t wait to try the Berry Blast Smoothie!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups low-fat vanilla or plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 large bananas, peeled
  • 3-4  ice cubes

Here’s what Chelsea had to say about her experience.

Two words: Berry delicious! This recipe took me about 5 minutes to make. I used my Magic Bullet to blend the ingredients. Since the Bullet is smaller than an average blender, I split the amount of each ingredient by half.

 

Check out more recipes from the Kid Approved healthy Snacks Cookbook online. Have you tried a recipe from this book? If so, tell us about it! Email toni@learningzonexpress.com to be featured on our blog or post it on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook Page.

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Let’s Make Spring & Summer Healthy!

Make Spring and Summer Healthy HandoutsHelp build a healthier classroom environment and celebrate spring and summer with fun, seasonal activities, recipes, and healthy living tips found in the Let’s Make Spring & Summer Healthy Newsletter Handout. These handouts for educators and parents offer ideas to encourage more physical activity and tasty recipes as well as the following seasonal produce guide and fun riddles.

Summer Munchies
Choose more fruits and vegetables for meals and snacks. We encourage you to try one you have never had before! Make a checklist and see how many you can try! (The Fruit and Veggie Challenge Bookmarks are another great resource for this)

Sweet Snacks
Apples
Apricots
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Grapes
Nectarines
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Raspberries
Strawberries
Watermelon

 

 

Seasonal Veggies
Asparagus
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Green Beans
Lettuce
Parsnips
Potatoes
Spinach
Squach
Tomatoes
Turnips
Peas
Peppers

Riddles:

  1. The blue skies in spring remind me of my favorite fruit that is also blue. Can anyone guess what it is?
  2. I am a fruit that is red and when cut in half looks like a heart.
  3. I am a vegetable that looks like a leaf and is green. What am I?

Answers: Blueberries. B. Strawberry C. Spinach, Lettuce, Kale

How are you celebrating summer? Share your thoughts, ideas, recipes and more with us on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook Page.

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National Blueberry & National Watermelon Month Fun!

Watermelon and BlueberryJuly is National Blueberry and National Watermelon Month! To help celebrate, Learning ZoneXpress has a couple fruity jokes for you! These jokes were submitted by Wanda Watermelon and Billy Blueberry!

What do you call a fruit that commits crimes?

A waterfelon!

What do you get when over 100 blueberries try to go through a door at the same time?

Blueberry jam!

 

Bonus: Fruit Fact of the Month- Did you know blueberries are also called brainberries? The large amount of vitamins in each blueberry are berry good for your brain!

Watermelon and blueberries are delicious and nutritious! How are you celebrating them this month? Any fun recipes you have to share? Comment in the space below or post them on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook Page.

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Learning ZoneXpress supports Say Yes to FCS campaign

Learning ZoneXpress' Maureen Lyons presenting check to NASAFACS

Learning ZoneXpress’ Maureen Lyons presenting check to NASAFACS

Two years ago, Learning ZoneXpress began a partnership with NASAFACS to promote Family and Consumer Sciences Education due to a shortage of graduates in this career area and to fill the pipeline of future educators.  Through this partnership, several products were created with a portion of sales being earmarked to support the “Say YES to FCS” initiative.

It is with great pride that Learning ZoneXpress was able to present funds in the amount of $4,255 to NASAFACS at the AAFCS National Conference to continue this work. We are thrilled to support such a great program and incredible educators who bring Family Consumer Sciences to the forefront of career and technical education programs.

 

 

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5 Summer Tips for Keeping Kids Active

Active Kids MyPlate PosterThe beautiful summer weather has arrived and it is time to keep the kids (and you!) active and outside more this season. Keeping children active helps maintain a healthy weight, reduces risk of illness, grows an appreciation for the outdoors and provides them a great break from screen time. Here are a few tips to get the kiddos active. These tips can be applied both to parents and children as well as educators working with children.

  1. Create a list of activities together, a summer bucket list of sorts. Talk to them about what they would like to do outside this summer, jot it down and then begin to cross things off your list together.
  2. Create an adventurous backyard. Get your kids excited about the outdoors and create an adventurous yard with tents, obstacles, play areas, or whatever you can think of to get your kids outside and moving.
  3. Start small! What about playing with chalk? Hula hoops?
  4. Build something. It could be anything from a tree fort to a small play area in a sandbox.
  5. Search for local activities for parents and children. The summer offers many great opportunities for families to try new activities and stay active. Local Parks and Recreation departments,Community Education, zoos and libraries are great places to start learning more about available activities.

What are YOUR favorite ways to get your kiddos active in the summer months? Any favorite activities you suggest? Comment below or on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page to share your ideas!

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