Good-for-You Baking Mixes from Kids Central Kitchen

Healthy Treats in a Flash

kids central kitchen baking mixes!

Forgive us, Mark Bittman, for we have sinned. We have used a mix to bake banana bread. We know: blasphemy!

But before you get all righteous, hear us out.

The mix was from Kids Central Kitchen, a health-conscious company out of the Pacific Northwest that uses all-natural ingredients and whole grains. It required the use of very real and very ripe bananas that were otherwise going to rot on our kitchen counter.

In fact, you might like to know that all of Kids Central’s mixes (brownies, energy bars, pancakes, cookies) are free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors and flavors. So it’s as if you’re making treats from scratch — just with fewer measuring cups and spoons to wash.

And frankly, that’s a blessing.

Available online at kidscentralkitchen.com, $4-$5.

this week in boston!

Hotel for Kids Package

What: Perks like complimentary slippers, freshly baked cookies, and a teddy bear make booking a staycation a no-brainer.
Why: A perfect way to occupy ’em during school vacation next week.
When: Thru Mar. 31.
Where: Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave. For reservations, call 617-532-5019 or e-mail allreservations@hotelcommonwealth.com. Family of four, $219; each additional child, $49.

Meet the Cows

What: Tour the dairy barn and pasture, and make a few bovine friends.
Why: He’ll never look at chocolate milk the same.
When: Tues., 3-4:30 p.m. (Also Mar. 15.)
Where: Appleton Farms, 219 County Rd., Ipswich (978-356-5728). Registration (required) online at thetrustees.org. Adults and children, $5.

What: A young girl dives into an underwater adventure in the traditional Korean folktale.
Why: Live music accompanies the deep sea journey.
When: Thru Feb. 27. Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. Tickets at 781-279-2200 or online at boxoffice.printtixusa.com. Adults, $20-$44; children, $20.

Photo: Courtesy of Kids Central Kitchen

Stoneham Theatre
395 Main St
Stoneham, MA 02180
Appleton Farms
219 County Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938
Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215