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Archive for September, 2012

Going Bananas!


Are your kids craving something sweet to eat when they get home from school?

Let them go bananas with this easy to make, healthy banana smoothie.


  • 1   whole banana (ripe or frozen)
  • 1   cup Milk
  • 3   whole Ice Cubes


Peel the banana and put the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth and creamy.

Change up the recipe by adding  fresh or frozen strawberries, fresh or frozen blueberries, or even some mango.  Try it with some unsweetened cocoa powder, peanut butter or add some protein powder.   Use yogurt instead of milk for some extra tang. 

This also makes an easy breakfast drink  so use your imagination and Go Bananas!!

 Nutrition Information for the basic recipe Per Serving:

Calories 250; Total Fat 8 g (Sat 4.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 0.5 g, Mono 2 g); Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 100 mg; Potassium 770 mg; Total Carbohydrates 38 g; Dietary Fiber 3 g; Total Sugars 25 g; Protein 9 g. Percent Daily Value: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin B6 25%; Vitamin C 15%; Vitamin D 25%; Calcium 30%, Iron 2%

For more healthy banana snack recipes go to the Chiquita Bananas website at:


-Diana J @ Naper Blvd Library


Practice Makes Perfect!

In his book,  OUTLIERS,  Malcom Gladwell states that one becomes an expert in something only after practicing about 10,000 hours. That comes to  almost 417, 24-hour days of practice!

How many hours did your child practice reading over the summer?  Many children only have enough  unscheduled time during  the summer months of vacation to read for hours at a time.  This is when the magic begins to happen. And now it is September.

Kids get to be better readers by READING!

School has started again, and many children get practice reading during school hours. But, what can you do at home, to encourage  and model the fun of reading and writing?

*Go to the library often, and let your child choose what he or she is interested in.  These visits  can provide a  great variety of books and music  for the whole family.

*Keep books, magazines and games out and around, where your child can use them.

*Also keep lots of crayons, markers, pencils and paper around so your child can draw and write. When your child draws, ask him to tell you about the picture.

* Have a quiet time in the evening, where everybody reads.  Never underestimate the power of imagination, so choose TV, videos and computer games wisely and in moderation.

The countdown to becoming an expert in reading begins now!

On your way…

-Carla E. @ Naper Blvd. Library

ChopChop Magazine

ChopChop is a new magazine in our juvenile periodical collection. It is published quarterly by a non-profit corporation, ChopChop Kids, to encourage families to cook and enjoy healthy meals together.  There are many nutritious, good tasting and ethnic recipes that are inexpensive to prepare in each issue. Click here  for a yummy treat that uses fresh apples, Apple-cious Oat Bars. Check out this magazine on your next visit to the library. Our current issue is for library use only, but past issues can  check out for 3 weeks.

ChopChop Magazine

Wanda @Naper Blvd. Library