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16 Aug 2011, Comments (4)

Guest Post! Dan from Primrose Schools

Author: Healthnuttxo

Dan from Primrose Schools contacted me asking to post a rather interesting and informative post about cooking with kids! I personally think it’s really important for kids to cook with parents, as it’s a time for them to learn and to bond! I know I certainly wouldn’t know half of the recipes or cooking techniques I know without learning them from my parents!

Anyway, here’s the article. Leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it, or if you cooked with your parents/kids, what you learned or what your kids have learned! :)

A Recipe for Fun: Cooking With Your Child

Modern day cooking can be fun, addictive and even better; an easy way to teach meaningful lessons to children. At times the amount of time we spend in the kitchen as parents can take away from the time we spend with our children. This does not have to be the case. Instead, you can utilize the time you spend in the kitchen cooking or baking by engaging your child. This is not only a great way to spend quality time together, but you can also teach your child healthy habits and valuable skills that will last them through out their life.

Primrose Schools, uses innovative ways such as cooking to help keep children’s minds engaged to help continue their early childhood education. Dr. Mary Zurn, Vice President of Education, says “kitchen time can be a great way for families to regain some lost, but valuable, family time.” This valuable family time should be fun, safe and can easily be disguised as a learning activity without your child even knowing it. By exposing your child early on to healthy eating habits it will become routine for them. Also, it is more likely that your child will continue to eat healthy through their adult years.

Here are four simple guidelines Primrose offers for you and your youngster to following when cooking in the kitchen:

  1. Engage your child meaningfully. Think of independent tasks your children can accomplish themselves. To involve young children – give them some pots, pans and wooden spoons so they can pretend to cook with you or use them for music making. Don’t worry, the loud noises that seem unbearable at first will soon turn into music to your ears knowing your young child is playing happily by your side. For older children, simple jobs such as mixing batter, rolling dough and pouring measurements are safe, simple tasks for them to accomplish.

  2. Set some ground rules. An important rule to teach your child to always follow is to wash your hands before and after handling food. This will help germs from spreading. Discuss on a regular basis what’s safe to touch and what’s not. Supervision in the kitchen is a must when children are around. Make sure you create a list of ground rules and go over them with your child before starting any activity in the kitchen.

Tip: make sure the handles of pots and pans on the stove are turned in so no one bumps them or runs into them spilling hot goods or boiling water.

  1. Build up skills step-by-step. Essential skills can be learned within the kitchen without children even knowing they are learning. For example, hand eye coordination can be practiced easily. Teaching older children to use a knife is a good way to do this. Start them off with a dull spreader cutting softer item like cooked noodles or cheese. Once they have mastered this, move them up to a butter knife cutting more dense items like strawberries and cucumbers. For any task, make sure to start your child off at an easy level. This will give them the confidence they need when performing harder tasks.

  2. Keep it fun. Let’s face it, there is no way to avoid the “oops” from happening in the kitchen, but there is no need to stress if a mess is made. If an egg ends up on the ground instead of the bowl, don’t get mad, clean it up and let your child try again. (And make sure you have a lot of eggs!) Learning to clean up is just as important as making the mess!

All children grow and learn at a different rate so remember to adjust accordingly to your child. Gradually introduce your child to new foods, if you continually make something new your child may get tired of cooking food they do not like. Allow them to choose a recipe they are interested in and share your favorite recipe as well. If cooking is something you enjoy, allow your child to have the opportunity to enjoy it with you. Who knows, it may become your favorite thing to do together.

Spending quality time with your child is precious, spending time with them and helping them grow and develop is priceless. Make sure to always compliment your child on a job well done, and offer them the first bite of whatever you make. Bon appétit!

This is a sponsored blog post. My opinions remain unaffected.
15 Jul 2011, Comments (0)

Stonyfield Giveaway WINNERS!

Author: Healthnuttxo

The 5 winners are, selected randomly by is….

1.  Comment Number 25, Ellie

2. Comment Number 45, Nikki

3. Comment Number 12, Ashley

4. Comment Number 42, Lindsay

5. Comment Number 16, Sam.

CONGRATS! PLEASE check your emails from me, healthnuttxo [at] yahoo [dot] com thanks to all who entered. More giveaways to come!

10 Jun 2011, Comments (2)

“my favorite things” winner!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Happy Friday everyone!

The winner of the giveaway, chosen randomly via is…. comment number 36, JENNY! with the comment

aw, my dear, hosting a giveaway out of your own pocket? what a saint you are!

three favorite foods:
peanut butter
peanut butter cups
peanut butter cookies

do we notice a trend here? 😉 “

Agreed, girl. Im down for peanut butter anything !!

CONGRATS! Please email me your info at healthnuttxo [at ] yahoo [dot] com so I can ship out your prize! Thanks to all who entered!! More giveaways to come :)

YAY! I know you all love giveaways, and I hope you guys know how much I appreciate every single one of you! Without you, there would be no HealthNuttxo, and I thank each and every one of you for reading, commenting and telling others about my blog. You guys are AWESOME!!!

SO, In honor of YOU, I bought some goodies at Target today for you to enter for a chance to win! If you win, you’ll get 3 of my favorite things.

1. A box of Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars
2. A box of Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams
3. GRANOLA! I never actually tried this flavor, but it’s called Pecan Sticky Bun and it’s made by Archer’s Farms. So, I’m just assuming it will taste awesome!

So, how to enter? Please leave a comment for EACH entry!   :)


1. What are 3 of your favorite foods?


2. Tweet about this giveaway, with the link and mentioning @healthnuttxo in the tweet! *each tweet equals one entry*
3.Leave a comment on any of my reviews!
4.Add me to your blogroll!
5. Follow me on Twitter

Contest ends June 10th, 2011, 12 PM. Open to United States Only.

5 May 2011, Comments (0)

Fun stuff going on at Stonyfield!

Author: Healthnuttxo

As you guys probably know, Stonyfield Farm is one of my favorite brands of yogurt. Nothing is better than some of their Banilla yogurt, or the Maple Vanilla! So, here is some cool things going on with them right now!

Starting off with… a contest! The Stonyfield Organic Family of the Year Contest . If you win, you can get some cool stuff like yogurt, or even get the chance to visit the Vermont Organic Dairy farm!

Next, Organic Movement – a fun spot to visit, and share why you eat organic food!

And lastly, the Act Bolder’s Just Eat Organic For a Day Challenge!

Let me know if you end up visiting any of the sites, they look pretty fun, and some offer some cool prizes you may be able to win!

Have a great day!

2 May 2011, Comments (1)

winner of silk coupon and chico bag!

Author: Healthnuttxo

And the winner is….

Cheryl F.! You were selected randomly via Congrats! Please email me so we can get your prize out!!

Thanks to all who entered- more giveaways to come!

Happy Monday to alll! (;

27 Apr 2011, Comments (48)

Silk For Milk 10 Day Challenge + GIVEAWAY!

Author: Healthnuttxo

Silk contacted me and asked if I would like to participate in the Silk For Milk 10-Day Challenge. I was sent coupons for a free product of choice. I picked the PureAlmond Unsweetened Almond Milk.

By itself, it had a very fresh flavor, but bland. It was thicker than skim milk, and kind of had the consistency of soy milk. I really liked it’s creaminess!

Instead of normal milk, I used it with cereal

and put a splash in my scrambled eggs!

Overall, I thought it was pretty great!  With the cereal, I also added a packet of stevia and it was just perfect! With the scrambled eggs, there wasn’t much of a taste change, but I noticed a very silky smooth consistency, that I believe the almond milk helped contribute to. And at 35 calories and 45% daily calcium needs per cup!?! Fantastic!

Now….Giveaway time!

1 winner will win 1 Silk branded Chico Bag, and a Silk Coupon! Now you can try a swap from milk to something by Silk ! How awesome is THAT!

How to enter? Please leave a comment for EACH entry!


If you won the coupon, how would you replace milk in your diet? Or, if you already don’t consume milk, how would you use the product you got? (ex- recipes?)


1. Tweet this giveaway with ” @healthnuttxo” in the tweet AND the link to this giveaway! (you may tweet multiple times for multiple entries!)
2. Add me to your blogroll
3. Mention this giveaway on your blog ( 2 entries)

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Ends Monday, May 2nd, 2011, 11 am. Good Luck!! :)

25 Apr 2011, Comments (0)

winner of NutraSea DHA!

Author: Healthnuttxo

And the winner of a bottle of NutraSea DHA selected randomly via is…

Ashley! With the comment “Commented on the annie’s mac and cheese.”

Congratulations! please email me your info so your prize can be shipped! Thanks to all who entered- and more giveaways coming soon!!

Have a WONDERFUL, healthy day!! :)

23 Apr 2011, Comments (0)


Author: Healthnuttxo

Annoucning the winner of the Nature’s Path Giveaway!!

Picked randomly, via, the winner is…

Lanie H. with the comment

“I’m celebrating earth day by working in the garden!”

CONGRATS! Please email me your info so Nature’s Path can get your goodies out to you! Thank you to all who entered, more giveaways to come!!!

AND…still time to enter this giveaway!!

22 Apr 2011, Comments (0)

Happy Earth Day!!

Author: Healthnuttxo

First off, Happy Earth Day 2011! wooo!! I hope everyone had/is having an awesome day!

To celebrate Nature’s Path is giving away a YEAR’S SUPPLY of cereal in this contest they are holding here. HOW AWESOME would it be to win that!?!?

On another note, the Nature’s Path granola, cereal, and granola bar giveaway ends tomorow, and the NutraSea DHA giveaway ends Monday.

Have an awesome day!!!

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