Life Changing Hot Chocolate: Cioccolata Calda

Thick, rich, and delicious. Cioccolata Calda, also known as Italian hot chocolate, is hot chocolate like no other. Unlike the traditional American hot chocolate, Italian hot chocolate has more of a pudding texture and a very rich taste. While you can adorn it with whipped cream and marshmallows, they certainly won’t be missed as this hot chocolate takes on a life of its own. Say goodbye to packets of powdered chocolate sugar, and say hello to this homemade from scratch, yet oh-so-easy to make, winter chocolate treat!

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4 Reasons to Try Baby Led Weaning

Starting solids isn’t just a milestone for babies; it’s a rite of passage for parents. Feeding baby jars of smelly purees, having smashed squash splatter your walls like a Jackson Pollock painting, perfecting your airplane noises… these are universal “parenting things.”

Well… what if we told you there was another way to introduce solids — by introducing solids?

Call us crazy, but at Daily Mom, we aren’t afraid to try new things, even if they might seem a little unconventional. And while you’ve probably been told you “have” to start your baby on purees… you don’t. You really don’t.

Skipping purees and starting your child on solid foods is commonly referred to as baby led weaning. Despite its name, baby led weaning isn’t about weaning your baby from the breast or bottle; it’s merely a method of introducing solids in a way that allows your baby to be in control. Here are four reasons why we love it — and why you should, too!

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5 Ways to Explain Vegetarianism to Kids

The decision to raise vegetarian kids is one parents generally make for a variety of reasons. In addition to animal rights, environmental concerns and ethical issues, there are also a myriad of personal and hard-to-articulate reasons parents decide to raise their kids vegetarian.

No matter your motivation, it’s important to give kids a full explanation of the issue — in as unbiased and compassionate way possible. Everyone is entitled to their own choices, and you need to make sure you’re explaining vegetarianism to your kids in a way that’s respectful of others!

When explaining ideas to kids, it’s sometimes easier to show them rather than tell them. Here are 5 interactive ways to explain vegetarianism to your kids.

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Meatless Monday: Simple Soups to Keep You Warm this Winter

With colder weather settling in, we welcome a warm, home cooked meal any time. But, with the busy-ness of everyday life, sometimes it’s just easier to throw a frozen pizza in the oven or pick up the phone for your favorite Chinese delivery. On meatless Monday, we try to keep it as simple, fresh, and delicious as possible so that more time is spent enjoying the food that our earth has to offer with our families rather than slaving away in the kitchen. 

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4 New Kitchen Staples

Sometimes change in the kitchen is hard to do. You want to vary your family’s diet or introduce more nutritional powerhouses, but finding a place for them in your meal repertoire is sometimes difficult.

Change doesn’t have to be hard, though! These four new kitchen staples can easily find a place in the kitchen as they are substitutes for items you are already using. Swap them out and enjoy an easy and beneficial change in routine.

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Meatless Monday: The Perfect Vegan Chili

There are lots of vegetarian chili recipes floating around the Internet — but trust us when we say: this is the only one you need!

This chili is quick, versatile, freezable and kid friendly — not to mention packed with veggies, protein and inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients. Black beans take the place of ground beef, sweet and yukon gold potatoes add creaminess and texture, and fire-roasted corn and tomatoes pack a punch of flavor! Kids will love dipping tortilla chips into this hearty, thick chili; but you can also garnish with cilantro and avocado to elevate it into a dinner-party-worthy meal.

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3 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Parties with Food Sensitivities

It can be daunting to think of all the food pushed at you, enticing you to take at least a bite of everything in sight this holiday season. However, you know what will happen if you indulge. The cramping, the aching, the bloating and then just plain discomfort for the next 24 hours to name just a few of the possible symptoms.

That’s no way to spend the holiday season when all you want to do is enjoy the food, the company and, oh yeah… the food! Whether or not you have sensitivities to gluten (what’s found in wheat products), eggs, nuts or dairy you can avoid the discomfort and completely savor every holiday morsel you desire! Here are three ways to enjoy the holidays, even if you have food sensitivities. 

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Quick & Easy: Copy-cat “Larabar”

Whether you’ve been on the healthy path for a long time, or you’re just starting to eat healthier, you’re sure to love this recipe, because, who doesn’t love a good, healthy snack? Here’s a yummy recipe that is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free… and best of all, it’s delicious!

Inspiration for this creation came in the form of a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar. They’re delicious, but at about $1 per bar, they can get expensive. With a little bit of experimentation, we found the perfect combination of ingredients that is even tastier than this popular flavor!  

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4 Holiday Treats to get the Kids into the Kitchen

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without baking some fun and tasty holiday goodies! By inviting kids into the kitchen, it creates togetherness for family while having a fun time. You might be surprised to learn how much fun cooking can be when kids are involved. There are some solid benefits to getting kids into the kitchen, and because kids are so eager to learn, your time together in the kitchen is sure to be memorable

Today we share 4 Holiday Treats that are sure to get the kids in the kitchen and cooking.

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Fabulous Fall Bread Recipes

We love everything about fall: the smells, the decor and the baking. But, nothing quite says “fall” like whipping up some fall-inspired bread recipes! The amazing aroma of bread baking in the oven is enough to make you fall in love with autumn all over again

With that in mind, today we are sharing 3 fabulous fall bread recipes to help you get into the spirit of autumn. Test out your baking skills by making one of the following fall breads: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, Banana Tea Bread and Apple Cinnamon Bread. Which one will you try first?

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3 Easy Vegetarian Dishes for the Holidays

If you’re a vegetarian, the holidays can be downright depressing. With turkey and ham being the main event at Thanksgiving and Christmas, vegetarians are often relegated to sorry side dishes: sad salads, boring mashed potatoes and tubes of cranberry sauce.

We can do better than that! Here are three hearty, gorgeous, meal-worthy vegetarian dishes for the holidays. Full of color and nutrition and easy to make, these dishes will soon become staples at your family’s Thanksgiving table.

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