Where these kids ready for this?

POSTED BY tovakramer | Jan, 21, 2019 |

Itโ€™s not often that I go to a gan party and smile from ear to ear the WHOLE time ๐Ÿ™‚

Usually after my child has performed (this one actually rocked the house for once!) and the nachat part is done the gan will put on a spread for the parents and the children – and thatโ€™s the part when I start the eye rolling – really? Are the soft drinks absolutely necessary? Is bourekas and rogelach what we really want to be feeding them as a โ€œtreatโ€. And then comes the debate in my head – to say something, or not to say something – do you want the gannenet to think of you are the crazy health mom and the repercussions that generally come with it for my child…

At this Tu Bishvat party I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw that this amazing gannenet had decided to take the treats into her own hands and there was a big table with platters of fruits and vegetables, with all the colors of the rainbow cut up beautifully and available to eat. There was a juice squeezing station where the parents and children could make themselves fresh orange juice and that was that!!!

It was enough and it was beautiful and the message rung so clear- letโ€™s celebrate with the raw produce that G-d gives us! – the fruits and the vegetables – the amazing colors and tastes and not to mention the vitamins and minerals and fibre that come with eating fruit and vegetables as a by-product – which is so much better for our kids than ruglach and boerakas and the empty calories that come with them as a by-product…

I think at the end of the day it all comes down to EDUCATION and EXPECTATION

EDUCATION – if we educate our kids that treats are connected to sugar – the sweets, the boerakas, the rugelach, soft drinks to name a few – then naturally they will EXPECT that type of food at the next party or โ€œspecial eventโ€.


If we EDUCATE our kids that fruits and vegetables are great for us and tasty and ENJOYABLE – (yes – that comes with role modeling- if they see us eating fruits and veggies for snack time in various shapes or forms then they are much more likely to try them outโ€ฆ) then they also can learn to EXPECT them for a snack or treat or special event- even dessert or at a gan party…

We are living in a world where  there are so many different messages regarding food and health and wellbeing and the message of Tu Bishvat is such an important underlying message with regard to this topic.

Tu Bishvat is a festival when we celebrate the birthday of the trees – but it is celebrated in the winter when the fruits are not yet on the trees? Why is that? – because we are celebrating the potential of the fruits – the tiny seeds that are in the earth and waiting to get the rain and be cultivated into fruit. This can be likened in a way to the education that we give our children regarding eating and eating habits – if we want them to be healthy eaters and enjoy the raw produce then we also have to educate them in the right way about food, eating and health and help them develop and cultivate their own expectations with regards to treats and special events. Treats donโ€™t always have to means sugar or processed food- treats can also be something thatโ€™s good for them and enjoyable as well! (As my 5yr old son said fruits are G-dโ€™โ€™s treats for us)-  These are some of the many seeds that we should be planting as we bring our children up – educating them that fruits and veggies are also an option when it comes to treats and parties and celebrations. Itโ€™s not easy in todayโ€™s day and age – but if its a constant message that we can give them then please G-d we will all be able to reap the fruits we plant ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some fun Tu Bishvat treats inspired by Avital the awesome Gannent!

Dates and Nuts

Get your kids to open the dates take out the pips and stuff them with nuts.

Apricot hearts

With a cookie cutter cut out shapes from apricots and decorate with craisins

Date balls

Take a packet of mashed dates and break up and roll into small balls. Roll the balls in sesame seeds, coconut, or crushed up nuts.

Fruit skewers

Cut up fruit and place on skewers

You can make a dipping sauce with strawberry yogurt or chocolate melted in milk/cream.

Chag sameach! And remember- it all starts with a seed of inspiration!


ื˜”ื• ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ื—ื™ื ื•ืš ื•ืฆื™ืคื™ื•ืช.

ืงื•ืจื” ืœืขืชื™ื ืจื—ื•ืงื•ืช ืฉืื ื™ ื”ื•ืœื›ืช ืœืžืกื™ื‘ืช ื’ืŸ ื•ืžื—ื™ื™ื›ืช ืžืื•ื–ืŸ ืœืื•ื–ืŸ ื›ืœ ื”ื–ืžืŸ ๐Ÿ™‚
ื‘ื“ืจืš ื›ืœืœ ืื—ืจื™ ืฉื”ื™ืœื“ ืฉืœื™ ืžื•ืคื™ืข (ื•ื”ืคืขื ื”ื•ื ืžืžืฉ ืฉื™ื—ืง ืื•ืชื”!) ื•ื”ื—ืœืง ืฉืœ ื”โ€ื ื—ืชโ€ ื ื’ืžืจ, ื ื”ื•ื’ ืฉื™ืฉ ื›ื™ื‘ื•ื“ ืื—ืจื™ ื”ืžื•ืคืข ืœื”ื•ืจื™ื ื•ืœื™ืœื“ื™ื. ื•ื–ื” ื‘ื“ืจืš ื›ืœืœ ื”ื—ืœืง ืฉืื ื™ ืžืชื—ื™ืœื” ืœื’ืœื’ืœ ืืช ื”ืขื™ื ื™ื™ื – ื‘ืืžืช? ื”ืื ื”ืžืฉืงืื•ืช ื”ืงืœื™ื ื•ื”ื‘ื•ืจืงืกื™ื ื•ื”ืจื•ื’ืœืš ื‘ื”ื—ืœื˜ ื ื—ื•ืฆื™ื? ื”ืื ื–ื” ื”ืžืกืจ ืฉืื ื—ื ื• ืจื•ืฆื™ื ืœื”ืขื‘ื™ืจ- โ€œื™ืืœืœื” ืื ื—ื ื• ื—ื•ื’ื’ื™ื ืื– ื”ืกืžืœ ืœื—ื’ื™ื’ื” ื–ื” ื—ื˜ื™ืคื™ื ื•ืžืžืชืงื™ืโ€ ื ื›ื•ืŸ?. ื•ืื– ืžื’ื™ืข ื”ื“ื™ื•ืŸ ื‘ืจืืฉ ืฉืœื™ – ืœื•ืžืจ ืžืฉื”ื•? – ืืช ืจื•ืฆื” ืฉื•ื‘ ืฉื™ื—ืฉื‘ื• ืฉืืช ื”ืืžื ื”โ€ืžืงืœืงืœืช ื”ื‘ืจื™ืื”โ€ ื•ื™ื”ื™ื” ืœื–ื” ื”ืฉืคืขื” ืขืœ ื”ื™ืœื“ ืฉืœื™…

ื‘ืžืกื™ื‘ืช ื˜”ื• ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ื”ื–ืืช ืจืื™ืชื™  ืฉื”ื’ื ื ืช ื”ืžื“ื”ื™ืžื” ื”ื—ืœื™ื˜ื” ื‘ืขืฆืžื” ืขืœ ื”ื›ื™ื‘ื•ื“ ื•ืžื” ื™ื‘ื™ืื•. ื”ื™ื” ืฉื•ืœื—ืŸ ื’ื“ื•ืœ ืขื ืžื’ืฉื™ื ืฉืœ ืคื™ืจื•ืช ื•ื™ืจืงื•ืช, ืขื ื›ืœ ื”ืฆื‘ืขื™ื ืฉืœ ื”ืงืฉืช ื—ืชื•ืš ื™ืคื” ื•ื–ืžื™ืŸ ืœืื›ื™ืœื”. ื”ื™ืชื” ืชื—ื ืช ืžื™ืฅ ืœืกื—ื™ื˜ื” ืฉื‘ื” ื”ื”ื•ืจื™ื ื•ื”ื™ืœื“ื™ื ื™ื•ื›ืœื• ืœืขืฉื•ืช ื‘ืขืฆืžื ืžื™ืฅ ืชืคื•ื–ื™ื ื˜ืจื™ ื•ื–ื”ื•…

ื–ื” ื”ื™ื” ืžืกืคื™ืง ื•ื™ืคื” ื•ื”ืžืกืจ ื”ื™ื” ื›ืœ ื›ืš ื‘ืจื•ืจ – ื‘ื•ืื• ืœื—ื’ื•ื’ ืขื ื”ืชื•ืฆืจืช ื”ื’ื•ืœืžื™ืช  ืฉ ื”โ€™ ื ื•ืชืŸ ืœื ื•! – ืคื™ืจื•ืช ื•ื™ืจืงื•ืช – ื‘ืฆื‘ืขื™ื ื•ื˜ืขืžื™ื ืžื“ื”ื™ืžื™ื ืฉืœื ืœื“ื‘ืจ ืขืœ ื•ื™ื˜ืžื™ื ื™ื ื•ืžื™ื ืจืœื™ื ื•ืกื™ื‘ื™ื ืชื–ื•ื ืชื™ื™ื ืฉืžื’ื™ืขื™ื ืขื ืื›ื™ืœืช ืคื™ืจื•ืช ื•ื™ืจืงื•ืช ื›ืชื•ืฆืจ ืœื•ื•ืื™ – ื•ื–ื” ื”ืจื‘ื” ื™ื•ืชืจ ื˜ื•ื‘ ืœื ื• ื•ืœื™ืœื“ื™ื ืฉืœื ื•  ืžืืฉืจ ื”ืงืœื•ืจื™ื•ืช ื”ืจื™ืงื•ืช ืฉืžื’ื™ืขื•ืช ื›ืชื•ืฆืจ ืœื•ื•ืื™ ืžื”ื‘ื•ืจืงืก ื•ื”ืจื•ื’ืœืš…

ืื ื™ ื—ื•ืฉื‘ืช ืฉื‘ืกื•ืคื• ืฉืœ ื“ื‘ืจ ื”ื›ืœ ืžืกืชื›ื 2 ืžื™ืœื™ื -ื—ื™ื ื•ืš ื•ืฆื™ืคื™ื•ืช.

ื—ื™ื ื•ืš – ืื ืื ื—ื ื• ืžื—ื ื›ื™ื ืืช ื”ื™ืœื“ื™ื ืฉืœื ื• ืœืงืฉืจ ืื™ืจื•ืขื™ื ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ื™ื ืขื ืžืฉืงืื•ืช ืžืชื•ืงื™ื, ื—ื˜ื™ืคื™ื ื•ืžืื›ืœื™ื ืขื˜ื™ืจื™ ืกื•ื›ืจ ืื– ื”ื ื™ืฆืคื• ืœืžืื›ืœื™ื ื”ืืœื” ื•ื™ืงืฉืจื• ืœืขืฆืžื ืงืฉืจ ืฉืื™ืจื•ืข ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ ื›ืจื•ืš ื‘ืžืื›ืœ โ€œืœื ื‘ืจื™ืโ€  
ืื ืื ื—ื ื• ืžื—ื ื›ื™ื ืืช ื”ื™ืœื“ื™ื ืฉืœื ื• ืฉืคื™ืจื•ืช ื•ื™ืจืงื•ืช ื˜ืขื™ืžื™ื ืขื‘ื•ืจื ื• ื•ื–ื” ื’ื ื›ื™ืฃ  ืœืื›ื•ืœ ืื•ืชื- (ื‘ืจื•ืจ ืฉืื ื—ื ื• ืฆืจื™ื›ื™ื ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ืžื•ื“ืœื™ื ืœื—ื™ืงื•ื™- ืื ื”ื ืจื•ืื™ื ืื•ืชื ื• ืื•ื›ืœื™ื ื•ื ื”ื ื™ื ืžืคื™ืจื•ืช ื•ื™ืจืงื•ืช ืื–,ืกื‘ื™ืจ ืœื”ื ื™ื— ืฉืœืคื—ื•ืช ื™ื ืกื• ืื•ืชื …) ื”ื ื’ื ื™ื›ื•ืœื™ื ืœืฆืคื•ืช  ืฉื”ื›ื™ื‘ื•ื“ ื•ื””ื—ื˜ื™ืคื™ืโ€ ืฉื™ืงื‘ืœื• ื‘ืื™ืจื•ืขื™ื ืฉื•ื ื™ื ืœื ื—ื™ื™ื‘ืช ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ืงืฉื•ืจ ืœืžืฉื”ื• ืขื ืกื•ื›ืจ ืื• ืžืื›ืœื™ื ืคื—ื•ืช ื‘ืจื™ืื™ื. ืืคืฉืจ ื’ื ืœื”ื ื•ืช ืžืคืœื˜ื•ืช ืฉืœ ืคื™ืจื•ืช ื•ื™ืจืงื•ืช ื—ืชื•ื›ื™ื ื•ืขื“ื™ื™ืŸ ืœื”ืจื’ื™ืฉ ืฉื–ื” ืžืกื™ื‘ื”…

ืื ื—ื ื• ื—ื™ื™ื ื‘ืขื•ืœื ืฉื‘ื• ื™ืฉ ื›ืœ ื›ืš ื”ืจื‘ื” ืžืกืจื™ื ืฉื•ื ื™ื ืœื’ื‘ื™ ืžื–ื•ืŸ ื•ื‘ืจื™ืื•ืช, ื•ื”ืžืกืจ ืฉืœ ื˜”ื• ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ื”ื•ื ืžืกืจ ื—ืฉื•ื‘ ื›ืœ ื›ืš ื‘ื ื•ืฉื ื”ื–ื”.

ื˜”ื• ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ื”ื•ื ื—ื’ ืฉื‘ื• ืื ื• ื—ื•ื’ื’ื™ื ืืช ื™ื•ื ื”ื”ื•ืœื“ืช ืฉืœ ื”ืื™ืœื ื•ืช – ืื‘ืœ ื—ื•ื’ื’ื™ื ื‘ื—ื•ืจืฃ, ื›ืืฉืจ ื”ืคื™ืจื•ืช ืขื“ื™ื™ืŸ ืœื ืขืœ ื”ืขืฆื™ื? ืœืžื”? – ื›ื™ ืื ื—ื ื• ื—ื•ื’ื’ื™ื ืืช ื”ืคื•ื˜ื ืฆื™ืืœ ืฉืœ ืคื™ืจื•ืช – ื–ืจืขื™ื ื–ืขื™ืจื™ื ืฉืขื“ื™ื™ืŸ ื‘ืื“ืžื”, ืžื—ื›ื™ื ืœืงื‘ืœ ืืช ื”ื’ืฉื ื›ื“ื™ ืœื’ื“ื•ืœ ื•ืœืฆืžื•ื— ืœืคื™ืจื•ืช. ืืคืฉืจ ืœืงื—ืช ืืช ื–ื” ื›ืžืฉืœ  ืœื—ื™ื ื•ืš ืฉืื ื• ื ื•ืชื ื™ื ืœื™ืœื“ื™ื ื• ืœื’ื‘ื™ ืื•ื›ืœ, ื•ื”ืจื’ืœื™ ืื›ื™ืœื” – ืื ืื ื—ื ื• ืจื•ืฆื™ื ืฉื”ื ื™ืื›ืœื• ื‘ืจื™ื ื•ื™ื”ื ื• ืžื—ื•ืžืจื™ ื”ื’ืœื ืงืจื•ื™- ืคื™ืจื•ืช ื•ื™ืจืงื•ืช ืื– ืื ื—ื ื• ื’ื ืฆืจื™ื›ื™ื ืœื—ื ืš ืื•ืชื ื‘ื“ืจืš ื”ื ื›ื•ื ื” ืœื’ื‘ื™ ืื•ื›ืœ, ืœืื›ื•ืœ ื‘ืจื™ื- ื‘ืœื™ ืฉื–ื” ืขื•ืœ ืื• ื‘ื•ืฉื” ืืœื ื›ืžืฉื”ื• ืžื•ื‘ืŸ ืžืขืœื™ื• ื•ื”ื›ื™ ื—ืฉื•ื‘ ื˜ืขื™ื ื•ื›ื™ืฃ! ื•ื’ื ื›ืŸ ืœื˜ืคื— ืืช ื”ืฆื™ืคื™ื•ืช ืœื’ื‘ื™ ื›ื™ื‘ื•ื“ ื‘ืื™ืจื•ืขื™ื ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ื™ื.  ืคื™ืจื•ืฉื• ืฉืœ ืžืกื™ื‘ืช ื’ืŸ ืื• ืฉื‘ืช ืื• ืื™ืจื•ืข ืžื™ื•ื—ื“ ืœื ืชืžื™ื“ ืฆืจื™ืš ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ืžื–ื•ืŸ ืขื ืกื•ื›ืจ ืื• ืžื–ื•ืŸ ืžืขื•ื‘ื“ – ืืคืฉืจ ืœื—ื ืš ื•ืœื”ืชืื™ื ืฆื™ืคื™ื•ืช ืฉื–ื” ื™ื›ื•ืœ ืœื”ื™ื•ืช ืžื–ื•ืŸ ื‘ืจื™ื ื•ื›ื™ืฃ ืœื›ื•ืœื ืœืื›ื•ืœ! (ื›ืžื• ืฉื”ื‘ืŸ 5 ืฉืœื™ ืื•ืžืจ- ืคื™ืจื•ืช ื–ื” ื”ืžืžืชืงื™ื ืžืืœื•ืงื™ื!) ืื•ืœื™ ื–ื” ืื—ื“ ืžื”ื–ืจืขื™ื ื”ืจื‘ื™ื ืฉืื ื—ื ื• ืฆืจื™ื›ื™ื ืœืฉืชื•ืœ ื‘ื™ืœื“ื™ื ืฉืœื ื• – ืœื—ื ืš ืื•ืชื ื›ื™ ืคื™ืจื•ืช ื•ื™ืจืงื•ืช ื”ื ื’ื ืื•ืคืฆื™ื” ื˜ื•ื‘ื” ื‘ืžืกื™ื‘ื•ืช ื•ื—ื’ื™ื’ื•ืช.

ืœื ืคืฉื•ื˜ ื”ื™ื•ื ืขื ื›ืœ ื”ืžืกืจื™ื ืฉื™ืฉ – ืื‘ืœ ืื ื–ื” ืžืกืจ ืงื‘ื•ืข ืฉืื ื—ื ื• ืžืขื‘ื™ืจื™ื ืœื™ืœื“ื™ื ื• ื•ืœื—ื‘ืจื” ืžืกื‘ื™ื‘ื ื•, ื ื•ื›ืœ ืœืงื˜ื•ืฃ ืืช ื”ืคื™ืจื•ืช ืฉื–ืจืขื ื• ๐Ÿ˜‰

ื›ืžื” ืคืขื™ืœื•ื™ื•ืช  ืœื˜”ื• ื‘ืฉื‘ื˜ ื‘ื”ืฉืจืืช ืื‘ื™ื˜ืœ ื”ื’ื ื ืช ื”ืžื“ื”ื™ืžื”!

ืชืžืจื™ื ื•ืื’ื•ื–ื™ื
ืชื‘ืงืฉื• ืžื”ื™ืœื“ื™ื ืœืคืชื•ื—  ืืช ื”ืชืžืจ ื•ืœื”ื•ืฆื™ื ืืช ื”ื’ืจืขื™ืŸ.  ืชืžืœืื• ืืช ืืžืฆืข ื”ืชืžืจ ืขื ืื’ื•ื–ื™ื ืฉื•ื ื™ื.

ืžืฉืžืฉื™ื ืœื‘ื‘ื•ืช

ืขื ื—ื•ืชื›ืŸ ื‘ืฆื•ืจืช ืœื‘ ืœื—ืชื•ืš ืืช ื”ืžืฉืžืฉื™ื ื•ืœืงืฉื˜ ืขื ืื•ื›ืžื ื™ื•ืช

ื›ื“ื•ืจื™ ืชืžืจื™ื
ืžื—ื‘ื™ืœืช ืชืžืจื™ื ืžืื•ื›ื™ื ืžื’ืœื’ืœื™ื ื”ืชืžืจื™ื ื”ืžืื•ื›ื™ื ืœื›ื“ื•ืจื™ื ืงื˜ื ื™ื ื•ืžื’ืœื’ืœื™ื ืื—ืจื™ ื‘ืงื•ืงื•ืก/ืฉื•ืžืฉื•ื ืื• ืื’ื•ื–ื™ื ืžืคื•ืจืจื™ื.

ืฉื™ืคื•ื“ื™ ืคื™ืจื•ืช
ื—ื•ืชื›ื™ื ืืช ื”ืคืจื™ ื•ืžื ื™ื—ื™ื ืขืœ ืฉื™ืคื•ื“ื™ื
ืืคืฉืจ ืœืขืฉื•ืช ืจื•ื˜ื‘ ืœื˜ื‘ื™ืœื” ืขื ื™ื•ื’ื•ืจื˜ ืชื•ืช ืื• ืฉื•ืงื•ืœื“ ื ืžืก ื‘ื—ืœื‘ / ืฉืžื ืช.

ื—ื’ ืฉืžื—! ื•ื–ื›ืจื•- ื”ื›ืœ ืžืชื—ื™ืœ ืžื–ืจืขื™ื ืฉืœ ื”ืฉืจืื”!


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