3 Foods To Include In Your Kid’s Diet This Summer

Now that the kids are back-to-school after summer vacation we bet you are enjoying the much-needed time alone at home.  However, if you are a mom that is always worried about her child’s nutrition when they are out of sight maybe you aren’t exactly thrilled and skeptical about the food choices they are making. In this case, we can help. The looming question is – Can children eat healthy, yet enjoy their favorite summer foods? The answer is – yes if they are eating the right combinations throughout the day. There is no reason for you to ban their favorite foods from your pantry. Follow our nutrition guide to make the most of the gorgeous Texas Summer.

Summer Foods for Kids

  • Healthy Rule 1:  As the famous saying goes – “It starts with you”. Hence, be a good role model for your kids when it comes to nutrition. No matter how young, your kids notice the food choices you make and imitate them. So, don’t have a burger for breakfast while you expect your kids to drink a green smoothie. Endorse foods that you want your kids to eat and refrain from the foods that could prove to be detrimental for your and their health in the long run.
  • Healthy Rule 2:  There are parent’s that don’t introduce sugary treats to their kids until they are a certain age and then there are others who start early. Decide on which side do you want to be on. Sugar in an appropriate amount is healthy for kids overall health and development, so you don’t necessarily have to abstain them but do keep a check on how much sugar are they consuming on an everyday basis.
  • Healthy Rule 3: We are all guilty of taking the easy way out when it comes to nutrition – For example, it’s easier to hand a cookie than make a smoothie for a snack. This approach might solve the immediate problem, but ultimately it will usually determine their future foods habits. Don’t get us wrong – you should never deprive your children of the fantastic food out there, but it’s important to know what to eat and when.

Three things your kids must eat this summer

  • Greek Yogurt: We don’t need to recap how healthy yogurt is for the gut. If you haven’t already introduced this wonder of food in their diet, start this summer with a healthy smoothie or a shake.
  • Water Melon: If you’re lucky your kids love watermelon but if you are like most of us your kids give you a hard time about eating fruits and most likely don’t come anywhere near melon. This fruit is a powerhouse of nutrition and water. Something your kids could use to beat the intense Texas heat.
  • Cucumber: This humble produce can be included in the daily diet of your kids without much effort. Include it in salads, sides, green smoothies and shakes. One of the healthiest foods to eat all year round but specifically in summer due to its high-water content.

Think you need more information to make healthy choices for your kids this summer? Comment below to let us know.

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Perfect Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip - Burpy

Caramelized Onion Dip – Burpy

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INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
  2. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 2 tablespoons butter
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  7. 1 (8oz) block cream cheese, softened
  8. 1/2 cup sour cream
  9. 1/2 cup mayo
  10. parsley, for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow it to melt. Throw in the sliced onions and minced garlic. Cook for several minutes, until softened. Season with a bit of salt and black pepper. (Just a few pinches of each). Lower the flame, and cook until caramelized, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese. Season with a bit of salt, pepper and the paprika. Add the caramelized onions and stir until completely combined. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh chopped parsley on the top. Serve with potato chips, and/or cut up veggies. Enjoy!
Can be stored in the refrigerator for upto 3 days.
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National Iced Tea month : Fun facts about you favorite summer beverage

Summer is here and – It’s officially the season of iced tea.

Nothing comes close to this refreshing beverage in summer. Love it or not, the fact is it’s difficult not to relish it in the scorching Texas heat. If you aren’t already an iced tea fan, we encourage you to spend time trying to find your ‘flavor’ in the grocery aisles. We bet you will find something you that you like. June is official National Iced Tea month, and we have some facts to share with you:

Iced Tea

Iced Tea

  • June 12 is the National Iced Tea month.
  • In early 1700s Tea was a favorite ingredient in alcoholic punches. Some of the famous historical recipes that used tea are Regent’s Punch and South Asian liquor.
  • Sweet tea’s popularity can be traced back to the late 1800s. The first non-alcoholic iced tea recipe originated in 1876.
  • Iced tea’s gained significant popularity in the early 1900s, after visitors to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis took a liking to its flavors.
  • Tea can and should be paired with foods that bring out the most of its taste. Like wine, the flavor of tea is recognized worldwide to enhance the natural flavor of the food.
  • Today, iced tea accounts for 84 percent of all the beverage consumed in the United States and is a $5.2 billion industry.

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Drinks that should be in your refrigerator this Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend will be here in what feels like few minutes. It’s a great time to reconnect with family and friends while taking in the bright Texas sun and warm weather. It’s also an ideal time to make your refrigerator ‘summer – friendly’. Consider stocking these six chilled beverages in the fridge if you are welcoming guests this weekend:

Iced Tea

Iced Tea – perfect summer beverage

Iced Tea: We call it a magical thirst-quenching beverage. Kids and adults can’t seem to get enough of it. If you are hosting family or have a big gathering a pitcher of iced tea can never go wrong. The best part is it can be stored for a few days.

Fresh Juice: If you are someone on a quest to eat healthily, we highly recommend stocking fresh juice in your refrigerator. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, juice has rightly enjoyed the attention that it does. If you are not a fruit person, there are plenty of vegetable juices available. H-E-B has a great section of freshly squeezed juices. Stock up.

Cider: Are you on board with the cider revolution that has garnered massive popularity in the recent times? Cider is loaded with antioxidants like wine. – The antioxidants can help you combat seasonal diseases and repair cellular damage. Not everyone enjoys the bittersweet taste of cider, but it can be a great inclusion in your summer beverage list.

Beer: An adult beverage, everyone enjoys a good chilled beer. Grocery aisles are filled with different styles and varieties nowadays, we are sure you will find something that you like and your guests would enjoy.

Wine: Summer screams for a good wine to be enjoyed by the pool-side. If you share our passion for wine, we bet you would agree they should be in every household in every season. We do think they make an exceptionally good addition to dinner meals during summer. What do you think?

Gin and Tonic: All hail gin, it’s the ultimate summer beverage. A summer favorite, this drink is simple to make with amazing health benefits, count on it to reduce bloating and combat joint pain. Make sure you have enough supply if you have friends over.

Is your loved summer drink part of this list? No? Comment below to let us know what we have missed mentioning.

 

 

 

 

Here is what to gift this Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to pause and reflect on your precious mom. Are you still trying to figure out how to make her feel special this weekend? A wine, dinner or a bouquet of flowers?

But, the most priceless gift that you can your mother doesn’t cost a penny: It’s making her your priority once in a while. Read along if you are still struggling zero in on a perfect gift for her:

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

  • Gift a day for herself: Women are the prime takers in the family, they never take a day off. Holidays and vacations usually mean more work for mom’s. Give her a day off where she can do whatever she wants to do. Watch her favorite series on television, spend a day in the spa pampering herself or enjoy drinks with her favorite gals.
  • A day with you: You know what mom’s love – a day spent with their children. As we grow old, we tend to spend less and less time with our parents. They don’t necessarily complain, but every once in a while, spending time just with them without any distractions can be a great Mother’s Day gift. Plan a day of working out together, cooking a great meal for her or simply take her out shopping.
  • Get her groceries delivered: This is one thing that not all mom’s love. It’s a weekly chore that can’t be ignored for obvious reasons. How giving her a break from this tedious task. Make use of technology and order her essentials from the store she likes using a grocery delivery service (Burpy). If she is new to the concept of online grocery shopping, we bet she would love the convenience of it.
  • Write her a note: We never see a handwritten note anymore. Write a meaningful letter to her about how special she is to you. You don’t need to be a prolific writer to do this, be honest and we are sure your mother would love it.

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5 nutrition mistakes to avoid as a Mom

Parenting is not the easiest job in this world. As a parent, you are always struggling to keep up with expectations while juggling many roles. The situation is definitely more challenging for moms as they are constantly balancing work and family needs. The juggling act can be a cause of great stress and concern for women. In the midst of taking care of responsibilities, it’s easy to ignore nutrition. Here are some nutrition mistakes to avoid as a mom:

Mom with kid- burpy

Mom with kid- burpy

  • Not introducing them to the new foods: We all have certain household favorites when it comes to food. It’s not rare to hear someone hear no one eats plum in my house or we are a vegan household. By nature, your children’s eating preferences will be a reflection of your personal eating habits. While it’s good to stick with the favorites, you don’t want to make food decisions in the grocery store with a personal bias. You might not personally like a kale smoothie, but do not make that decision for your kids before giving it a try.
  • Dieting in front of your kids: We understand every mom’s personal nutrition struggle. As you age so does your body and you rely on good old dieting every now and then to get back into shape. However, a word of caution, it’s a scientific fact that kids imitate their parent’s eating habits. You do not want to starve yourself or make an unhealthy eating decision in front of impressionable kids.
  • You rely upon takeaway food: Convenience should never supersede nutrition especially when it comes to your children. Are you a household that’s excessively dependent on takeaway or frozen food. While they are not necessarily unhealthy extreme reliance on them isn’t a solution. Their habit as kids will largely impact their nutritional choices as adults.
  • Too many sugary and processed foods: Kids love sugar and we all can agree that a cookie is a great way to bribe them every now and then. However, you don’t want your kids to consume processed food too often. Don’t give in to their tantrums too often, these foods can be detrimental to their overall health and weight.
  • Entertaining food tantrums: Nobody wants their kids to not eat a meal. However, if your kid only wants to eat waffles with whipped cream every day, you should be a little concerned. We understand introducing them to new, especially healthy food is not easy but giving up too soon is not a great way to develop their relationship with food.

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6 foods you should consider buying organic

Grocery shopping can be an overwhelming weekly mission. You make numerous significant decisions about the nutritional requirements of your family during what seems like the most insignificant task of the week – grocery shopping.

You are often bombarded with a plethora of choices at grocery stores – sugar-free vs regular desserts? Gluten-free vs whole wheat? GMO vs Non-GMO foods? frozen vs fresh? One big question we all can relate to is organic is really better than conventional options?  Let’s understand.

Organic Food at Burpy

Organic food

There is an increasing amount of research available online that clearly explains why organic food is better. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification mandates that for any food to be called organic it should be grown without chemical pesticides and be free of GMOs. Hence, it is not just a fancy label, but a clear indication of how the produce or product has been developed. This is also the reason why organic food is often more expensive. Here are some foods that you should consider buying organic-

  • Strawberries: They are constantly ranked as top food contaminated with pesticides. Strawberries have a short shelf life, hence even if you store them in the best way possible they don’t last more than 7-8 days. Consider washing them with a mix of water and apple cider winner and try investing in organic strawberries.
  • Apples: They are often highly contaminated because of the pesticide spraying process.  You often think washing is enough to remove the pesticides from the outer layer of the fruit but it is not enough. Switch to organic apples and see the difference.
  • Grapes: Naturally sweet and high in vitamins, eating grapes has several benefits. Unfortunately, they are also contaminated with strong pesticides. Wash them thoroughly before eating and select organic grapes over conventional options.
  • Spinach: If you are a salad lover, spinach will inevitably find its way in your kitchen. However, do you know a significant 97% conventional spinach sample contains pesticide residue? It can be detrimental to your health in the long run.
  • Tomatoes: This humble produce is often part of every meal in the household. Since it is practically used in every dish it is important to make sure you use the healthiest and most chemical-free option available and therefore we recommend organic tomatoes highly.
  • Dairy: If you are a home that loves its smoothies, cheese toast, and Greek yogurt. We recommend reaching out for organic dairy supplies – milk, cheese, yogurt,eggs. Certified organic dairy means the product is growth hormones free and cows did not receive any antibiotics.

If you are on a budget, reaching out for organic options can be a tricky task. We suggest starting small before introducing any big changes.

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There is more to Christmas Cookies than you think…

Baking Christmas cookies is a wonderful holiday tradition! Kids love them and we all agree they go wonderfully well with a cold glass of milk.

A baking marathon that brings your family and loved ones together to create these delicious cookies is a WINNER. If you are anything like us, you have already set the date for a fun baking session. Refer to our checklist to make sure you don’t miss any ingredient for a perfect baking session:

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

  • Baking Soda
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Cream
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Sugar
  • Spices  (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and of course ginger)
  • Eggs
  • Milk

Some fun facts about the Christmas cookies we bet you didn’t know. Thank us later !

  • Santa must thank Great Depression for the Christmas cookies: The practice of leaving cookies started in 1930’s during the time of economic depression. It was during this difficult time that parents encouraged the kids to leave cookies as a charitable deed. This has now become one of the most popular Christmas traditions and santa now enjoys a whole array of flavors now :-).
  • Queen Elizabeth I invented gingerbread men:  Queen Elizabeth I  requested her royal bakers to create gingerbread cookies shaped like visiting dignitaries in order to honor them. Who knew at that point that they will become an instrumental part of Christmas tradition.
  • On Christmas Eve Santa Claus eats over 300 million cookies.

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Did you know?

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

We bet you didn’t know these fun facts about mousse. Up your mousse knowledge with these fun facts:

  • The word “mousse” is the French word for “froth” or “foam”. A name that aptly fits the dish considering it’s a light, fluffy, and decadent confection.
  • The alphabet ‘u’ is silent in the word Mousse, it is pronounced as “moose.”
  • The most popular mousse dish is Chocolate mousse and April 3rd and May 2nd are officially dedicated to celebrating the yumminess of this dessert.
  • National mousse day is officially celebrated on November 30th of each year.
  • Mousse is a French dish that first came into being in the 18th century. As the time went by, a variety of mousses were developed in the 19th century.
  • The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.

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7 essentials to host the perfect Thanksgiving Day dinner

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday, nothing beats the fun of having a turkey meal with your family, friends and loved ones. If you are hosting the family this year, we totally get the anxiety you must be going through, after all, you want to make sure everything is perfect.

Thanksgiving

Here is a roundup of hacks that will ensure you are an awesome Thanksgiving host.:

  1. Plan: We are sure you are not surprised to see this on the list. Make sure you decide the flow of the dinner flawlessly. Try not to be experimental stick with the tried and tested rules of hosting.
  2. Keep a timeline: Have a timeline of your to-do list ready and start working backward on it. It’s easy to lose track of time when we are busy and you don’t want last minute overload.
  3. Deal with your grocery list: Schedule grocery shopping early. Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year for grocery stores, you really don’t want to deal with the stress of shopping unprepared. So, get on this task early. If you totally want to avoid the busy aisles of a grocery store use online grocery store – Burpy to save time
  4. Non- food prep: We often tend to keep the non-food prep towards the end, but we recommend taking charge of this piece early. Remember you would need the silverware, cutlery, glasses, napkins and more. So, no harm in checking this off your list early. Set the table early, probably 2-3 hours before your guests arrive.
  5. Have the wine/cocktail ready: Keep the wine in the refrigerator or a pitcher of your favorite go-to cocktail ready. Pour it for the guests as soon as they arrive, if everyone has a drink in their hand fun conversations are sure to happen.
  6. Get the turkey ready early: Some people are not in favor of preparing the star dish of the meal ready day early if you are not one of them, we highly recommend getting it ready a day early. Believe us this will save you tonnes of time since you will have a lot to get out of your way on Thanksgiving Day.
  7. Keep light appetizers: An American consumes 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day – owing to the large meal. Really don’t stress over the appetizers with the large meal.

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