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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


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


Cooking Up Some Early Literacy

If you GIVE a pig a pancake, he may make a huge mess, but if you show him how to MAKE one, and you are teaching him reading, science, and math skills! 

Cooking is Reading

*Reading and talking about the recipe helps children develop early literacy skills.

 Cooking is Math

*Measuring the ingredients with your child teaches them about fractions and setting a timer teaches them about the passing of time.

 Cooking is Science

*Making a recipe is a lot like a scientific experiment complete with observations, predictions, experimentation, and evaluation.  Talk about what happens to the raw ingredients as they journey through the cooking process. 

So the next time you make a mess with your kids in the kitchen, remember the lessons they learn in the kitchen will last long after the cleanup!

 Grab a book and get cooking!  

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Nothing Says Fall Like Pumpkins Do!

Fall brings to mind all sorts of images and activities.   One of my favorite fall activities is baking.  Put that together with fall pumpkins and you get something very delicious like Pumpkin Bread! 

Please enjoy the following recipe with your family.

Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups flour  
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt  
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin 
  • 2 eggs, beaten 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Sift together dry ingredients.  Combine other ingredients, except nuts, in a second bowl.  Add dry ingredients to other bowl and stir to combine.  Add nuts.  Pour in well-greased loaf pan and bake 50 to 60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  

Kids can cook too!  Please check out our collection of cookbooks in the Children’s Department http://bit.ly/uiOTEM