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 washington d.c.!
Festival de Teatro para Niños

What: See The Cat and the Seagull and folkloric dance troupes, do crafts, and hear stories.
Why: The bilingual performances are muy bien.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St., lwr. lvl., Arlington (703-228-1843). Tickets at 703-548-3092 or online at teatrodelaluna.org. Adults and children, $10, under 4, free.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Skate

What: Take a few laps around the rink with Tweety Bird and other friends.
Why: Scooby-Doo’s fancy footwork deserves a gold medal.
When: Thru Mar. 26. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Reston Town Center, Ice Skating Pavilion, 1818 Discovery St., Reston (703-709-6300). Adults and children 12 and up, $9; children, $7.

Disney on Ice: Princess Wishes

What: Familiar heroines like Mulan and Ariel and, of course, a few fairy tale endings.
Why: Your Highness will dig the gowns and treasures at the preshow.
When: Wed. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs., 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 2:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sun., 12:30 & 4:30 p.m. (Also Feb. 21.)
Where: Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, at 7th St. (202-628-3200). Tickets at 202-397-7328 or online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $7.50-$75.

Photo: Courtesy of Kids Central Kitchen

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Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre
1611 N Kent St
Arlington, VA 22209
Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion
1818 Discovery St
Reston, VA 20190
Verizon Center
601 F St NW
@ 7th St
Washington, DC 20004