Your kids happily eat plenty of vegetables. They look forward to lettuce, zero in on kale, and beg for broccoli. Right?
Chances are, they don’t. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a four-year-old child should eat 1 1/2 cups of veggies a day. That can be a tall order especially when you have picky eaters on your hands.
Enter NYC mom of two VanTrang Manges. VanTrang began experimenting with green drinks for her youngest daughter when she realized that the toddler ate virtually no vegetables. One delicious drink led to another and VanTrang abandoned a career in finance to launch Green Mustache, a line of organic fruit and vegetable juice smoothies for kids. Green Mustache features three yummy flavors and is currently sold throughout the New York area.
If you can’t find Green Mustache at a store near you, or if you simply wish to DIY it, VanTrang shared with us a simple formula for blending up one of these nutritious drinks at home.
Start by enlisting your kids to help choose ingredients from each of these categories:
First, pick one of these for your base:
- Almond milk
- Rice milk
- Soy milk
- Low-fat cow’s milk
- Coconut milk
- Orange juice
Next, choose a green veg:
- Swiss Chard
Then, pick a fruit (or two or three):
- Kiwi Fruit
Finally, supercharge it with one of these power foods:
- Greek yogurt
- Chia seeds
- Nut butter
- Raw cacao
Then simply blend it all together!
More smoothie tips from VanTrang:
Make It a Family Activity: Allow your child to choose which ingredients she would like to try mixing together—experimenting with different combinations is part of the fun! And this simple formula is a great way to start teaching children about proportions and how to follow a recipe.
Color is Key: Use berries to help turn your smoothie a reddish or purple color, which might make it more visually appealing for your child. Or use lighter-colored ingredients like peaches, bananas, and mango for a paler shade of green.
Choose Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens contain high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant-based chemicals that support your immune system, improve health and longevity, and may reduce life-threatening diseases.
Freezer Fun: Keep some frozen fruits on hand, especially some of your favorite seasonal fruits to ensure that you can have your tasty smoothie anytime. Freezing fruits is also a great way to not waste ripe fruit. If you like your smoothies extra cold like we do, use at least one frozen fruit to help chill the smoothie. And of course, you can turn your smoothie into an ice pop and serve it to the kiddos as a healthy treat!
Smoothie Sweetness: You’ll notice we didn’t add any sweeteners to the smoothie formula. Using fruits like bananas, mangos, or apples will naturally sweeten your smoothie and help mask the “green” taste of the veggies.
2+2+3 Rule: Part of the fun of making smoothies is experimenting with all the different possible flavor combinations. But keep in mind the following proportions to ensure a tastier experience: 2 cups greens + 2 cups liquid base + 3 cups fruits. Adjust as needed to make it more palatable for your child.
Thanks for the tips VanTrang!
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While putting together our April issue (on newsstands March 11), the editors at Parents couldn’t wait to get the scoop on the newest addition to Rosie Pope’s family. Rosie’s official due date was not until March 12, so we asked two clairvoyants to predict baby number 4′s birth details for us. Here’s what they predicted:
Update! Our beloved Parents contributor gave birth March 6, just before 5 a.m., to Bridget Monroe Pope. After a long labor, the little one weighed in at 7 lbs., 12 oz.
So how did our psychics do?
Both correctly predicted that Rosie would have a girl. Cheri chose the right range for little Bridget’s weight and Sunfairy Chrissy’s “feeling” that March 6 would be her birthday was dead-on. Cheri also correctly called the time window, although the baby was not born at home. As Rosie recovers in the hospital, she is beaming over her family’s new arrival: “She is a mini J.R.!,” Rosie says, marveling at the resemblance between little Bridget and her eldest big brother.
Congratulations to Rosie, her husband, Daron, and the entire Pope clan!
Are you expecting? Check out Rosie’s Style Tips for Mom-to-Be in the video player below or find Parents’ picks for top maternity gear here.
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Swaddling is a hot topic in babyhood these days. The traditional wrapping method is not especially quick or effective for parents like me who can’t seem to get a squirming baby wrapped tight enough. That’s why the inventors of the Woombie were kind of genius, figuring out how to create a zip-up one-step swaddle system. We’ve had editor-moms swear by it!
The Woombie swaddles are a safe way to keep your infant swaddled from birth and through the first few months or to no later than about 6 months. After that, a baby needs his arms free to push up and lift up his head should he roll over. They make a Woombie convertible that can turn into a traditional sleep sack for that purpose. Also the Air Sleepers give babies the use of their arms and helps keep their temperature regulated.
Why all this talk about swaddling and movement and temperature? If you haven’t checked out our recent report in American Baby‘s March issue, How Safe is Your Baby’s Sleep?, give it a read! Our executive editor will also be on Fox & Friends this Saturday morning; watch for her safe-sleep segment in the last half hour!
And this week, ONE lucky winner will get a safe-sleep swaddle set from Woombie, including the Woombie Air plus matching hat, Organic Air Sleeper, and Cozy Dry Towel; all of this retails for $97!
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day March 12. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on March 13 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
PS You can also buy Woombie products in our Parents Shop!
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Kendra On Top star Hank Baskett is “honored and blessed” to host the 1st Annual Every Thing For Dads Convention on March 15 in Sarasota, Florida. The convention will be the launch of a long-term grassroots movement designed to raise awareness of the increasing need for dads to be involved in parenting and for their role to respected and recognized in the parenting process.
The proud papa opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about happy family life with wife Kendra Wilkinson and their 4-year-old “LEGO fanatic” son Little Hank. The former NFL star, 31, chats about possible baby names for their daughter on-the-way, his “old school” relationship with Kendra, and their “complete” family once baby No. 2 arrives.
CBS: You are co-hosting the first annual Every Thing for Dads Convention in March. Tell us about the event.
HB: “I’m extremely honored and blessed to host the first ever Every Thing for Dads Convention in March. You look at all the dads out there in the world and I was speechless when I found out I get to host the first one. When I told my dad, he reacted the same way.
My definition of success whenever I die is going to be based on how I was described as a husband and a father. I live my life for my family, my son, and soon-to-be-born daughter. It’s an honor, because this type of award is not one you can just buy. The opportunity to host this is not something you can pay for; it’s earning the respect of your fellow fathers and peers. It’s in my eyes, it’s probably one of the most prestigious awards that I’ve ever been given.”
CBS: How did you get involved in the Every Thing for Dads Foundation?
HB: “They reached out to me. When they told me about the Every Thing for Dad Foundation, I was like, ‘Wow!’ First, how did they find me? Second, what caused them to look me up? And third, why me?”
CBS: How has fatherhood changed you?
HB: “First off, I get to be a kid again. I get to live vicariously through Hank. We’re building LEGOs left and right right now. I was a LEGO fanatic when I was a kid. When you have a child, it makes you appreciate the little things every day. You see things as your child is developing, especially at a younger age, that you don’t remember when you were a kid.
It gives me a feeling of joy that little Hank is learning how to kick, learning how to throw, learning how to build, and has awe in his eyes every day he does something good. It gives me so much joy whenever Kendra and I are there to share it with him. When he says to you, ‘Look papa at what I built!’ and when you see how proud he is, it makes you realize that as adults, people put too much emphasis on everything we have to do during the day.”
CBS: You and Kendra are expecting a girl this year. Congratulations! How has this pregnancy been for you and Kendra?
HB: “It’s been amazing. This was a little harder for her but also a little bit easier. During the first pregnancy, I was still in the NFL and we were traveling across the country nonstop. Having her house and building her camp in one spot has been amazing. It’s so much easier for the both of us and there’s so much that gets taken out of the decision from the first pregnancy.
Kendra is having a little pain that’s associated with a second pregnancy, as the baby is sitting lower and things like that. Overall, it’s been a blessing and it is great that Hank is old enough to understand that he’s going to have a baby sister and he gets to help and be involved. It’s just amazing to incorporate him as much as possible.”
CBS: Is Little Hank excited to become a big brother? How did he react to the news?
HB: “At first, he said, ‘Ok, I’m having a brother or sister.’ He was excited. Now, he’s really excited because we ask him what things he likes and what he wants to do with his baby sister. I also get to raise him now the way my father raised me — to always take care of your mom and take care of your sister. He is so excited to be a big brother and he knows he gets to help protect this little sister.”
CBS: Do you think you’ll be a different kind of dad with your daughter?
HB: “Oh, I told Kendra that all the loving and hugs I give her are going to be cut in half, because my little girl is going to have me wrapped around her little finger and I know it [laughs].”
CBS: What are you looking forward to most in having a daughter?
HB: “I would say being a complete family. We have a son and we will also have a daughter. We know we’re done after that and we won’t have to wonder. If we had another boy, we might wonder, what if we had a little girl? I am also looking forward to the joy of accepting the challenge of learning how to take care of a little girl.”
CBS: Do you have any names picked out for your baby girl?
HB: “We’re all over the place. We’ve thrown out names like Jayden, Taylor, Addison, and Ashton. It’s been all over the place and we’re trying to narrow it down, but you know little things happen while we research baby names and whatnot.
We want to raise a little tomboy but we want her to be our little princess on the other side. Jayden is one of the first names we thought of, and we thought of that awhile back.”
CBS: What is Little Hank into these days? Could you tell us about his personality and hobbies?
HB: “Oh, he’s such a sweet kid. This little kid just makes your heart melt like butter. He says, ‘Hey Daddy, I picked a rose out front. I’m going to give you and my baby sister a flower every day.’ This made Kendra say, ‘Awe, you’re sweeter than your dad.’ Which made me say, ‘No, dad has been teaching him right [laughs].’ He loves to build and loves LEGOs. He creates these magnetic shapes and I’m so impressed that every day he can build bigger and better. It makes me think, ‘Wow! We have a little architect on our hands.’”
CBS: What does he do to make you laugh?
HB: “It’s just his personality. He jokes around and likes to play games. He likes to hide under things and we pretend we can’t see him. We get so much joy from his laugh afterwards. He’s like, ‘How fun!’ I’m loving it. The best thing that makes me so happy is when I put him to bed, or when I drop him off at school and he says, ‘Papa, you’re cool,’ or, ‘Papa, you’re my best friend.’ I’m like, ‘That’s my guy!’”
CBS: Does he like football like his dad?
HB: “He likes all sports and he just started his first soccer practice. He is also trying to dribble a basketball around. I’m very, very impressed at how good he is. We have a little athlete on our hands! He can also throw a football now.”
CBS: How has your relationship with Kendra has evolved over the years? Have you fallen more in love with her during the pregnancy and motherhood?
HB: “Any man who looks at his wife when she is pregnant understands that it’s the most beautiful feeling. You don’t know how many times she is going to get pregnant, it might just be once. I appreciate the nine months that she was pregnant. She could be going through pain, but I just love looking at her because that’s when you really look at a woman and say, ‘You have really given me everything.’ When a woman gives you a child, she is truly giving you everything. I just grow more and more in love with her over the years. To this day, I fall in love over and over because she keeps me on my toes and I never know what to expect from her.”
CBS: You and Kendra seem like a solid couple. What is the secret to your success?
HB: “Communication. If we have something on our minds, we don’t hold back from sharing it.”
CBS: What do you think is the downfall to most high-profile relationships?
HB: “Kendra and I are old school, and I’m not saying others aren’t. We got married for the right reasons. We’re not about fame, who makes the most money, or this or that. No, it’s about seeing what we can do that is best for our family. That’s what both of us see. We’re not about buying things. We’re about family trips and family activities and things like that.”
CBS: What is up next for you?
HB: “Right now, my foundation partnered with a company called Gaems. We are making the first-ever portable gaming environment, and with that we will do gaming events. In New York, we did a direct play for helping sick children in hospitals.
I also have my charity golf event, the Hank Baskett Classic, coming up on May fourth and fifth down at Trump National in Rancho Palos Verdes. This will be its third year. I’m going to also do a bike ride with some veterans in Dallas in March. I’m just trying to be all over the place.
At my gym, we also had another draft class. I lead a game. I’m hoping to have another top-five draft pick again this year and hopefully have a guy who could potentially run the fastest combined time ever and break the record. I’m just trying to do it all.”
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This is the first in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our Parents.com fans! For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.
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As our countdown to Summer Olympics 2016 continues (only 884 days to go!) we have two-time Olympic medalist Nick Thoman. Currently holding the world record in 100-meter backstroke, this 27-year-old swimmer got his start at a young age. Parents caught up with the champion and his mom, Kathy Brewer, at a Winter Olympics viewing party sponsored by Swim Today to discuss why swimming is a great sport for kids, his family’s role in his success, and his plans for Brazil.
P: What makes swimming such a great sport for kids?
NT: A lot of my best friends were swimmers with me. The friendships that you build along the way are definitely one of the things that brought me into it initially. [My sister] Vic was swimming and she was having a lot of fun and I was bored, bouncing off the walls so Mom found a speedo small enough and tossed me out in the water.
KB: Swimming was also the best way to find babysitters because you had all-age swimmers. You have kindergarden through high school. You really get to see the high school swim-team kids interact with the younger kids. You really see their character.
NT: It’s true. You did always use swimmers. I never knew why.
KB: Because they were really responsible!
P: What does it take to raise an Olympian such as your son?
KB: I think Nick’s determination. He and Victoria were both determined kids. The focus in swimming is all about lifetime bests. It’s inevitable that you’ll compare yourself somewhat to other people, but the coaches and the parents get you to focus on bettering your own time. But, we don’t coach our kids. Just let the coaches do the coaching and you’re there for the moral support. Good or bad, I love you. I’m proud of you.
P: How important was it to have the support of your parents to alleviate that pressure?
NT: It was awesome. One of the things that I actually remember most from the Olympic trials was my father sent me an email the day of my event and I didn’t actually see it until I had made the Olympic team, but it basically said “No matter what happens, we’ll all still love you.” That was a fantastic thing. He was always, both he and my mother, very very supportive. They did a great job of not coaching me and I know that was hard, [especially] for my father because he was also a swimmer. I really do appreciate all the support I’ve had. Driving me to practice at 4:45 in the morning. Hell, even when I got my driver’s license my mom would wake up and make me breakfast before I went.
P: What a good mom!
NT: She is a good mom!
KB: It makes a big difference if you get involved, too. That shows your kids you’re really supportive of all their efforts. Swim meets from the outside might seem boring, but if you get involved it’s not boring at all.
P: What does it feel like at the Olympics right before your event? What goes through your mind? What are you feeling?
NT: It’s kind of a surreal experience. I’ve only been once and I swam a total of four times. Ending up with two medals at the end was just amazing. There’s a feeling that you get—or that I got—that I knew I was going to go out and have a good race. I didn’t know what the outcome was going to be; I didn’t know how I was going to place, didn’t know that I was going to win a silver medal, but I knew that I was going to race my best for myself, for everyone that supported me, and for my country and that was just a great feeling.
P: What is your message to young aspiring athletes?
NT: Have fun! Just go out and have fun and what you’re passionate about will call you back. Swimming always called me back. I even took nine months off last year, didn’t know if I was going to retire or not but swimming, again, it called me back. Have fun doing whatever you want to do—be it sports, be it musicals, whatever you get into.
P: Mom, what’s your advice for the moms of aspiring athletes?
KB: Oh boy. Be supportive. Allow the children to show their commitment to a sport and whatever they choose to commit to, be there for them. Back them up. One of the things that helped me was finding someone professional to talk to. Because I didn’t want to make my stress his stress. That was really important.
P: Gearing up for Rio, what’s on for the next two years?
NT: I took almost all of last year off and it really got me re-focused and hungry again. I was at a point where I didn’t know if I wanted to swim or not after the last Olympics. Taking that time off really helped. Coming up this year I’m really hoping to make the Pan Pacific Championships and the World Championships next year and we’ll see how we do.
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Photographs: Nick Thoman, Courtesy United States Olympic Committee; Nick with mom, Kathleen Brewer, and sister, Victoria Thoman
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By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com
If we were able to think ahead past what’s for dinner tonight (hmmm…what is for dinner tonight?), we might consider opening a separate savings account just to save money for all the gifts our kids need to buy for their little friends this year. No matter how old your child is, chances are he or she will be invited to a plethora of birthday parties this year. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. This week’s deals over discounts on great gift ideas for kids from Build-a-Bear Workshop, Personal Creations, Kmart and more.
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