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What We Love: Waltham Fields Community Farm

We love to hear about what other like-minded organizations are up to.  Our friends at the Waltham Fields Community Farm, a non-profit farm in Waltham, MA, (which is located really close to the ChopChop office) helps to teach kids about local agriculture and food access through hands-on education.

Cassie, an intern at Waltham Fields Community Farm, wrote a little about the farm and how it helps fuel a relationship between children, healthy food, and cooking.  

“Part of our mission is to promote local agriculture and food access through education and encourage a healthy relationship between

Summertime Fitness Challenge

Did you know kids gain 6% more weight during the summer? Buck the trend by eating healthy and finding ways to keep moving! Take our Summertime Fitness Challenge presented by the New Balance Foundation and watch yourself get more fit. Just click on the the image below and print out the PDF. Ready? Go! 

What We’re Eating: Nature’s Bakery

Here at ChopChop we love cooking our own meals and snacks, but sometimes we want grab-and-go snacks, just like everyone else. With so many different brands, flavors, and varieties, it can be hard finding pre-packaged snacks with good-for-you ingredients. The good news is there are plenty of great off-the-shelf snack options for busy families, including Nature’s Bakery fig bars.

All of Nature’s Bakery bars are non-GMO, vegan (dairy and egg Free), soy free, nut free, and certified Kosher (which make them great for kids with food allergies). There are also whole wheat and gluten free bars

Healthy Hero: ChopChop Cooking Lab & Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

ChopChop was transported off the pages of the magazine and into the classroom last summer and this year. The ChopChop Cooking Lab, sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and taught by Chef Bill Yosses, incorporated science, math, mindfulness, and cooking skills into cooking classes at select Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Massachusetts. The ChopChop Cooking Lab and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation are featured as our Healthy Hero in the Summer 2015 issue. Check out the lessons learned in the ChopChop Cooking Lab egg lesson including skills such as cracking an egg,

What We Love: Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family

At ChopChop, we love "eating the rainbow"-filling our plates with as many colors as possible. We even did a whole issue dedicated to colorful foods and have created a Rainbow Sandwich. We were so excited to meet someone who loves eating colorfully as much as we do- Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, author of Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family. We met Frances during the Kids Food Festival in New York City.

We asked Frances to share one recipe of each color from her cookbook with us. Below are some of her favorites that we can't wait to try here in the ChopChop

Taste Test: Salt

Salt is one of the oldest and most widely used seasonings on the planet—and saltiness is one of the very few basic human tastes. While it’s true that salt is an important ingredient in good-tasting food, too much salt has been associated with health problems, especially in people prone to high blood pressure. We’d like you to experiment with different kinds of salt to see how they taste, with a goal of learning to use less salt. When the food you’re cooking tastes good, you’ll enjoy other flavors (besides salt) so much more.

Table salt, like the kind you find in a salt shaker, is mined from

ChopChop Cooking Club: MyPlate Smoothie Challenge

To help us keep an eye on healthy eating, the USDA’s MyPlate illustrates how much of each food group we should eat.  Keep this picture in mind when you’re serving yourself food, so you end up with a balanced meal.  

Try this MyPlate challenge with your family.

Smoothies are packed with delicious good-for-you stuff. Did you know that you can fit every section of MyPlate into your smoothie?

Think about the ingredients that you put into your smoothie.  Which sections of MyPlate did you include? 

Which categories are you missing? 

Think of what you could add to make sure you include the

Who We Love: Joey Steinberg, the ChopChop Try-Cycle Driver

This summer the ChopChop Bike is hitting the road giving out magazines and samples of some our favorite foods at festivals, races, parades, and more.  Our friend Joey Steinberg will be driving the bike. Joey was a model in the very first issue of the magazine and has stayed connected to ChopChop for the last 5 years. Joey answered a few questions for ChopChop readers to get to know him a little better. Read on to learn all about the guy behind the wheel(s). And, if you see Joey on the road, give him a wave (and he’ll probably have something tasty to give you in return!). 

 

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Taste Test: Salt

Salt is one of the oldest and most widely used seasonings on the planet—and saltiness is one of the very few basic human tastes. While it’s true that salt is an important ingredient in good-tasting food, too much salt has been associated with health problems, especially in people prone to high blood pressure. We’d like you to experiment with different kinds of salt to see how they taste, with a goal of learning to use less salt. When the food you’re cooking tastes good, you’ll enjoy other flavors (besides salt) so much more.

Table salt, like the kind you find in a salt shaker, is mined from