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ChopChop Magazine

ChopChop Magazine

Spring 2013 Magazines
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
Publisher: ChopChop Kids
Newsstand Price: $3.95
Subscription Price: $14.95 / 4 Issues

Chop Chop's mission is to "inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families." With a healthy dose of delicious recipes, fun facts about food and cooking, and a format that is very easy for kids to follow, they are clearly succeeding.

Sponsored by the New Balance Foundation and several other children's hospitals and non-profit organizations, this quarterly magazine is jam-packed with healthy ideas for families. Each issue introduces young kitchen explorers to new foods, highlights their nutritional benefits, and offers recipe ideas for how to prepare them. Recipes detail how much time is required for hands-on prep and total cooking time, whether adult supervision is needed, kitchen gear that will be used, the ingredients and what it provides as far as daily nutritional needs (protein, grains, vegetables, etc.). Cooking terms are always defined for clarification. For example, if a recipe says to bring something to a boil, it explains what the water will look like when it is boiling. Even this well-seasoned cook learned a few things while working with the kids on these recipes. Recipes are included for mealtime and snack time, giving kids a lot of ideas for how they can get involved in the kitchen.

In between recipes are articles related to food and health, covering topics like yoga, gardening and playtime games. Regular columns encourage kids to rethink foods they might not feel favorably towards; learn new kitchen skills; taste test different varieties of a particular food; and read interviews with Healthy Heroes.

If your child has expressed interest in food or cooking, Chop Chop is a terrific way to get them started on their culinary adventures.

Jessica Hensley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Jessica Hensley is a web designer, yoga and fitness enthusiast and proud mother of two very active young boys. She has been working with family and educational websites for over 12 years.

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