Dental Week – National Children’s Dental Health Month

Dental week at Little Rascals Daycare.

This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers and many others.

Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life.

By participating in the annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, members of the dental team, parents, teachers and others can help keep children’s smiles beautiful now and for years to come.


The kids at Little Rascals Daycare are learning how to properly take care of their teeth this week. During dental week the children all get help brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash so they learn how important it is and the best way to do it.

It is very important that children learn early on how to properly take care of their teeth and gums. This is something that once taught, then they won’t forget and less likely to neglect.

Dental week is fun for the children, but also rewarding as well. All of the children get their own toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and stickers to take home. There is also information for their parents as well.

You can get more information and a downloadable PDF here.

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Healthy Rice Krispies Snacks For Kids – Halloween Snacks For Kids…

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Popular among adults and kids alike, this deliciously sweet favorite is a treat for all seasons. It is reasonably easy and fun to make, as well as a little messy. You can also have fun with licking your fingers after everything is done and time for cleanup. Face it, all kids love licking their fingers…but so do adults. 🙂

Need to know how to make Rice Krispie treats? Click here << for some great recipe ideas.

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Here are some more real “fun ideas” for Rice Krispies halloween treats that your kids will love… and so will you. These are fun and colorful ways to make Rice Krispies halloween treats that your kids will be begging for more.

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Adapted from Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispies recipe.

Yield: 12 squares

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chunky almond butter*
1/2 cup brown rice syrup*
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp Earth Balance (or non-dairy spread)
1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
3.5 cups Nature’s Path GF Rice Krisp Cereal
Chocolate drizzle: 1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1 tbsp almond butter, pinch salt
Shredded coconut, to garnish

Directions:

1. Prepare an 8 inch by 8 inch square pan, by lining it with parchment paper on both sides.

2. In a large pot over low-medium heat, add the brown rice syrup, Earth Balance, almond butter, and salt. Stir well until combined and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

3.. Stir in 3.5 cups of rice crisp cereal until thoroughly combined.

4. Scoop into pan and spread evenly. Press down with fingers or roll flat with pastry roller. Place in freezer to set for 5 minutes while you make the chocolate glaze.

5. In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips. Microwave for about 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn. Stir in the almond butter and pinch of salt.

6. Remove pan from freezer and drizzle or spread with melted chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with coconut and place in the freezer until firm, about 15 minutes. Slice into squares. Bars will hold their shape quite well at room temperature, but you can store in the fridge to ensure the chocolate stays solid.

Notes: 1) You can use any nut butter you like. If you use a smooth variety, you can add some chopped nuts for more crunch. 2) Brown rice syrup is used in this recipe because it is a great binder and it holds together these treats. If you use another liquid sweetener, I can’t guarantee that they will hold together as well.

Read more here.

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Make this Halloween even more fun for your kids by allowing them to help you in the kitchen create some of the best Halloween Snacks ever. These Halloween snacks for kids are healthy, fun, and finger lickin good. Oh, and they are not just for kids…lol.

Check out these healthy rice krispies snacks here <<.

Getting into healthy habits is always a great idea. Starting the day off right with a good breakfast is always a great idea. The breakfast boost! This will set the stage for the rest of the day for you and your child. Here is a free pdf << that you can download for breakfast boost ideas.

Enjoy!

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Set the tone for the entire day for your child…

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What your child eats for breakfast can set the tone for the entire day—and
even for a lifetime of healthy habits.

Research shows that choices and attitudes toward this one simple morning ritual can impact energy level, behavior, academic performance and future food choices.

Healthy eating is just as important as getting the proper sleep.

Below you will be able to download a free PDF of healthy and nutritional breakfast ideas.

Get your FREE healthy breakfast ideas download sheet here <<

As always, leave your comments below. 🙂

Enjoy,
-Kari

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