Fun with Food and Math!

 

Wanna work on some math?  Let kids measure and scoop.

I was just thinking about putting out some of my kids fave snacks and then having a recipe?  So that they can practice looking at the measuring cups and seeing what ¼, ⅓, ½, 3/4 , and 1 cup look like.  Just having them read the fractions and then see that ¼ is smaller than ½ etc is good practice. Write out something on a piece of paper (using what you have in your pantry) and make them read + follow recipe:  

  • 1 cup chex  mix (cheerios etc)
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • ½ raisins
  • ⅓ m&ms
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows
  • ⅓ peanuts (or allergy friendly alternative)

Mix it up and enjoy!

ResourceFULL – Summer Staycation

One of our awesome PowerFull Fitness moms gets pretty ResourceFULL during her summer break with kiddos. I thought this was too good  to keep secret so here are some tips she shared with our PF members.

Summer Staycation- Fun for Procrastinators
-Janis Reyes

I am a full-time attorney with two kids, and I am also procrastinator. While I have friends who plan their summer in February, I always plan my summers late because I’m really busy and it is so daunting to schedule it all.  I normally schedule a week in California to be with my family, and then try to take it easy and have a Summer Staycation. The DMV area is full of fun free festivals and events, take advantage of it all!

1) Camps- There are still lots of camps available at this late date:

  • Vacation Bible Camps  – Here is a link to look up some if you area!
  • Fairfax Recreation has a ton of great and available camps at nearby schools:  Rec Pac- Only $120 a week! 8:30am-3:30 pm.  Check out the sessions here!
  • Parktakes- Fairfax County still has openings for camps of all types, half day and full day.  They have before care (start at 7am or 8am) and after care (4-6pm).  The cost ranges around $200-$400 a week.  My kids have taken Junior Rocs, Basketball Camp, Girls Games Camp, Circus Camp, Puppet Camp, etc. My friend even offers Ninja Warrior Camp through Parktakes.  Check out some options here!

2)  My husband subscribes to e-mails of events, and adds them to the calendar on weekends as options for fun. I also check these out to go on my days off. We have gone to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, strawberry festivals, food truck events, outdoor movie nights, etc.

Some of the ones you can check out:

3) We often bring our kids to places we want to go- a brewery or a winery. I bring a picnic basket full of snacks, and enjoy an afternoon while the kids run around.

  • Fair Winds has food trucks!
  • Vanish Beer has flavored beers + great for relaxing!
  • Paradise Springs Winery has great space for running around.
  • Other options to check out Potomac Winery with a kids room with toys, Barrel Oak is dog friendly, and Stone Tower Winery has a space outside for kids to run around.

4) Finally, check out some local food markets and food factory tours.

Summer Bucket List

I thought I’d share one quick thought on something we do each  summer. It isn’t fancy or elaborate but it helps me kinda “plan” our summer break.  Usually the last week of school or first few days of break, we start creating a summer bucket list, just things we wanna be sure we do while we are out of school. That way, on a Tuesday when everyone is fighting, I can look at the list and plan our day.  Again, this isn’t fancy. It is a piece of notebook paper hanging in our kitchen.  We may add to it as the summer goes on but it is typically 5-10 things they want to do.   Continue Reading →

Eat ALL the Colors

Wanna play with your food?  With your kids list all the colors of the rainbow and see if throughout the day you can eat something from every color!  Check it off as you go.  Bonus points if you get it all in one meal!

Why? Well first off because it is fun.  But an added bonus is that colors are largely based on the nutrients found in food; a wide range of colors means a wide range of nutrients. Feed your body!

Two 60 Second Meals

Ok, I know that dinner or lunch sometimes has to be super quick, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be yummy. If you have sixty seconds, you have time to make one of these meals!

Pita Chili Melt
1/2 large or whole small pita
1/2 cup canned pinto beans
2 tbls shredded low fat cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon diced green chili
Combine beans, cheese and chili into pita bread. Microwave till cheese melts. Done.
How about around 300 calories and 21 grams protein, only 7  grams fat!  BOOM! Continue Reading →

Why Try Kid Friendly Classes?

If you’ve wondered if a Kid Friendly class is for you…check out the honest feed back from a current PowerFull Mom!

“My journey with PowerFull Fitness has not been a long one, but it has been a good one. I’d been thinking about trying yoga and barre classes for a few years but couldn’t figure out how to fit it into my schedule. I didn’t like how I was feeling after having three boys in five years and knew I needed to do something about it, and walking wasn’t enough. In all honesty, I was barely walking, and it definitely wouldn’t be considered a workout. So I guess I’m kind of a newbie to working out.

For Christmas, my husband gave me money to take classes and gave it an expiration date. He knew that if there was no expiration date I would probably not do anything and keep talking about it without actually doing it.

One week in January at MOPS, Laura came in and spoke to us and Leah led us in a short yoga session. I picked up all of the information that Laura had to pass out. I emailed her about a week later and started with Amanda’s kid friendly barre belle and express core tone class. Continue Reading →

Oven Baked Almond Fish Sticks

This was a surprise hit in my house. My girls like fish sticks and the coating on this one ups the nutritional value of the dish. I cut the pieces small for them, almost nuggets. I breaded a sliced block of tofu for myself with the same ingredients (do the tofu first to keep it all vegetarian). Super yummy!

Try the recipe out here!

Snack Trays for Dinner

Check out this awesome #reallife  tip from our instructor Leah on how to get dinner on the table, despite the crazy going on!

About once every other week we have a snack tray dinner. Sky is the limit here! It can be a great “clean out the fridge/pantry” meal or more thoughtful. Basically, here’s the plan…take a sheet pan that has sides and cover it with foil (easy clean up!). Fill tray with yummy things. Put tray in the middle of the kitchen table and let people serve themselves and snack away. We often play a game together while having our snack tray meal. Games with a game board don’t work well (tray is in the middle of the table) but we’ve found Zingo, Go Fish, Obstacle, and Splat are family favorites (my kids are 8, 6, and 4). Continue Reading →

Banana Muffins – Allergy Friendly

I know we have a lot of families with various food allergies in the group and so I thought I would share one of my absolute favorite recipes. These muffins are egg and dairy free. Please, don’t be intimidated by the flax. Its super easy to find at any grocery store and its a great egg replacer in baking (you typically use very little per recipe and if you store in the freezer it will last you a good long time!). Also, you do not have to use whole wheat flour but it gives it a nice flavor. All of my littles love these. Typically I bake these on the weekend and use a mini muffin tin so they can be a quick and easy breakfast or as snacks in lunches throughout the week.

Super Moist Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi Friends! It has been a while.  SORRY! But I’m back! I just made these cookies, and had to get it to y’all ASAP.  I have been making this recipe for years, and never thought about how it was dairy free.  It is delicious. Tonight, I tried making it using flax eggs and it was delicious! The batter was great, and you could enjoy it without worrying.   Continue Reading →