Carmel Mountain Preschool Blog

Food

What are your suggestions to let my daughter enjoy Valentine’s Day without filling her with candy?

Candy, candy, candy! Hearts abound this time of year, whether it’s chocolate, conversation, or marshmallow. Breaking, or not starting on, the sugar train can be a challenge. With food allergies on the rise and growing research supporting the negative effects of sugar on the growing brain, many parents and schools are encouraging non-edible Valentine treats. Checking out the party favor aisle is often a simple and cost-effective way to round up 12-24 similar pint-sized items.

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Healthy Foods

We encourage healthy food choices, which is why we get the kids involved in making their food and to let them see where healthy foods come from.

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What are the Best Warm Season Crops to Plant with Kiddos

I often get questions from parents in passing about what they should plant in their gardens with their children. I love these questions but figured that my quick responses at pick-up and drop-off could be expanded upon. So here goes!

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How to Make a Simple Seed Starting Mix

By Julie Goldstein Why buy something when you can easily make it, right? Since the seasons are changing we decided to make some seed starting mix to plant some cool season vegetables in our garden here at CMP. Seeds do best in seed starting mix versus planting them in potting soil, or native soil. Seed […]

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Banana Pancakes

By: Annie Emery Easiest, healthiest, most versatile, kid- loved breakfast yet. Fruit and protein packed, gluten free, this might just be your next go- to breakfast for the whole family using simple kitchen staples. With just two ingredients to start and make delicious, it’s your choice from there what you want to add in! Ingredients: […]

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Interview with Andrea Racca of Bobboi Organic Gelato

Finn’s 1st Gelato My husband, Massimo, is from Florence, Italy, so food plays a big part in our life. Anyone who knows me also knows that I am super anti-sugar but I make exceptions for amazing specimens of sugar, for example real Italian gelato. When my first son, Finn, was born I had a goal […]

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Sweet Saucy Berries

By: Annie Emery The markets are flooded with strawberries and blueberries right now, they are SO good by themselves, but even better with this five -minute recipe. You can use them fresh or even a little overripe, as they get soaked in sauce. This is a great simple something to bring to a barbeque with […]

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Cheesecake Dip is a fun snack

Mint “Chocolate Chip Cheesecake” Dip Cheesecake Dip is a fun recipe for parties or just an after school snack.  The kids loved it, saying it looked like ice cream, and ate it all up. As a 90’s kid it reminded me of dunk-a-roos…but not nearly as bad for you.  These actually have a decent amount […]

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Secret Brownies

By: Annie Emery This summer I worked at a bakery in a small town in Alaska, where I first had the luxury of a delicious gluten free brownie. Later, I found how the fudgy consistency was made…black beans! You honestly could not taste them. The owner was not giving up her recipe, so I set […]

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Spiced Orange Date Bread

By Annie Emery Ingredients 1-3/4 Cups flour 1/4 Cup flaxseed meal 1 Tbs chia seed 1 Tbs baking powder 1 Tbs baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp allspice 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 Cup canola oil 3/4 Cup yogurt 3/4 Cup pitted dates 1/3 Cup brown sugar 1/2 Cup orange juice Welcome […]

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