Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope you have had a chance to relax and enjoy this beautiful weekend! As many of you are aware, last week MVP Generation Go’s ambassadors and I shared some of our favorite locations in the Capital District!
“Supporting one’s home community is very gratifying, especially in a state like New York, where exciting, undiscovered treasures are all around us,” says Pete Bardunias, President/CEO of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. “From hidden remnants of canals, historic farms and museums, waterways, mountains and open space, to modern centers of industry and shopping convenience, we’ve got it all within a very short distance from home–it’s the best reason for thinking and buying local!”
Thanks, Pete! What a great explanation about why we should focus on our community!
To check out what Capital District sites our ambassadors at MVP Generation Go recommended, go to the following web addresses:
This week’s Kids Fun Plaza winner is John Reed! John shared one of his favorite things to do right here in the Capital District–it sounds really wonderful!
“I really like going to a place called Willie Marsh. It’s a nice 1.5-2 mile hike that loops around and cuts through the marsh. There’s a few different ways you can go and bridges that you can cross, so you can actually go out and stand right in the middle of the marsh and check out the surroundings. It’s a pretty nice place and it’s also a very easy hike. It’s located right outside Gloversville if you are driving out towards Meco. There’s a left hand turn onto a dead end road(I forget the name of the road) and if you drive to the end of the road, there is a parking area and the marsh is right across the street. “
Thanks, John, for participating and sharing with all of us!
This is another really exciting week to come; we are all going to be discussing our favorite recipes! Our expert, Sari Medic, owner of Tiny Tots Tea Room, said, “Food is essential in the growth of our little ones. Eating out shouldn’t be the downfall to their healthy body’s needs. It is so important to offer fresh, healthy, and kid friendly options to keep them on the right track! We are proud to offer gluten and casine free dietary options to this ever changing world as well!”
Sari also provided us with one of her very own favorite “tea”-licious recipes:
Tiny Tots Tea Room Fruit Parfait Dessert (Makes 5-6 servings)
- One box Jell-O instant white chocolate pudding
- 1 1/2 cup skim or 1% milk
- FRESH Strawberries, Grapes, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, & Cherries
- Cool whip or redi whip
- Honey Bunches Just Bunches Cereal (or your favorite granola)
Prepare fruit prior to the kids wanting to have dessert. It’s always a great idea to keep fresh fruit cut as a grab and go snack in the fridge. Don’t cut the pieces too small or too big; try to make them easy bites for your little ones. Halve the grapes as well as the cherries (after pitting them first!). Mix the pudding in Tupperware and set it in the fridge for a minimum of 10 minutes. When it’s time to prepare and eat dessert, give the kids a portion-controlled cup. Large bowls are fun to fill, but not the best for little tummies. Six to 8 oz. plastic cups work well and are disposable, too. Have the little ones place a mix of fruit on the bottom, with a dollop of pudding, then some granola, and repeat the layers to the top of the cup. Place a dollop of cool whip on top, followed by a cherry, and it’s ready to eat!
BREAKFAST OPTION! Replace pudding with vanilla or strawberry yogurt. The serving size should be a bit larger when serving for breakfast, as this is a nutrition need to start the day.
This week we want everyone from all over to share their favorite recipes! We want to start discussions and to share some delicious hidden treasures that everyone may not know about! One of my favorite things to prepare and eat right now are different salads! The one I am including below I am particularly fond of and it’s super easy to make! Everything in this salad is fresh, except the bread! Prepare the salad by using a loaf of artisan bread or rosemary bread that is a little bit stale. If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is about half as dried and crunchy as a crouton.
What you are going to need:
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 loaf bread
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1 cup cucumber–peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 1 cup chopped red onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups chopped fresh basil
- 1/8 cup chopped fresh thyme
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
First you are going to want to rub a peeled clove of garlic around your wooden salad bowl, then pull apart or chop the bread into bite-sized pieces and cut up the rest of the veggies. Once you have done that add the bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, garlic, basil, and thyme. Add enough olive oil and vinegar to lightly coat, toss and serve! It’s a great, light, healthy recipe and if you grow your own garden like I do, then it’s even more fun being able to pick your own fresh veggies for your salad. If you do not have your own garden, then visit your local farm stand or farmers market! You can always add some grilled chicken to the salad, too!
What is your favorite recipe?
Here’s what you have to do:
For YOUR chance to win a $50 VISA Gift Card, share your favorite recipe with all of us! This is not limited; you can submit a snack, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert!
- Add your favorite recipe in response to this (Kids Fun Plaza) post.
- Like the MVP Generation Go fan page and add your favorite recipe (with a link to your blog entry).
- Tweet you favorite place (with a link to your blog entry) with #GenerationGo and #Recipe.
The best of luck to each one of you! Enjoy this exciting week with MVP Generation Go. I am so excited to find out about all of your favorite recipes! Keep an eye on the MVP Generation Go Facebook fan page every day to read the MVP Generation Go ambassadors’ posts, along with their favorite places to go with their families. We’ll be using the #GenerationGo and #Recipe hashtags on Twitter. Needless to say, don’t forget to share some love by liking the new page and following @MVPGenerationGo. I promise the best tips to keep your family healthy in a fun and safe way! Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Disclosure: MVP Health Care has provided us with compensation for this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinion is always my own.