Celebrate National Nutrition Month with "Cooking Fun for Kids," a New App From Bean Sprouts that Makes Healthy Food Fun for Young Kids

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Parents of children eight and under can get kids excited about eating healthier foods and trying fun, healthy recipes for kids with “Bean Sprouts: Cooking Fun for Kids,” a new app that helps benefit The Junior League’s “Kids in the Kitchen” initiative.

Bean Sprouts, a nationally recognized kid-friendly cafe and cooking school

“Bean Sprouts aims to spark kids’ appetites by making healthy food fun. Our new app is an extension of our mission—an engaging, playful way to get kids excited about trying new tastes, especially vegetables.” Shannon “PEA-casso” Seip, co-founder

For parents looking to get picky eaters excited about trying healthy new foods, Bean Sprouts—a nationally recognized kid-friendly café and cooking school--introduces a new experiential learning app: Bean Sprouts: Cooking Fun for Kids, just in time for National Nutrition Month.

Designed for children eight and under, the one-of-a-kind app features a cute cast of silly pea and bean characters—including Peacasso, Let it Bean and Pea Rex-- who guide users through playful recipes, like Crocamole and Snack Man, star in food games and magically appear in videos. The app offers a play-by-play of how to create the most popular “Imaginibbles” recipes from Bean Sprouts Café and the award-winning book it inspired: Bean Appétit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, the app is free March 7-9 in the iTunes online store for iPhones and iPads. After the promotional period, the app will cost $0.99, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Junior League's “Kids in the Kitchen” initiative.

“Our Kids in the Kitchen program has been providing hands-on experiences to teach children about healthy eating since 2006. We are proud to partner with Bean Sprouts to get kids excited about eating healthier and introducing new foods in a fun and engaging way,” said Laurie Dodge, director of marketing and development for The Junior League.

Bean Sprouts: Cooking Fun for Kids, teaches kids how to make fun, good-for-you foods like Crocamole—guacamole hummus disguised as a crocodile, and Snack Man—a pineapple and blueberry snack that looks like the lead character of a famous video game.

“Bean Sprouts aims to spark kids’ appetites by making healthy food fun. Our new app is an extension of our mission—an engaging, playful way to get kids excited about trying new tastes, especially vegetables,” said Shannon “PEA-casso” Seip, co-founder of Bean Sprouts Café and Cooking School, co-author of Bean Appétit, and mom of two boys.

In addition to dressing up characters with silly accessories and facial features (called Build-a-Bean), kids can test their “Pea Brain” with food-themed puzzles and memory games. The app, designed by top kids’ app developer Playrific, also includes:

  • Spill the Beans: Quirky conversation starters with a food theme, such as “If rain could fall in any flavor, which flavor would you choose?"
  • Mmmmatch ‘em Up: Kids improve their food IQ by matching vegetables
  • MasterPEAs: As an artist draws a food scene with a pencil, kids try to guess what it is. How long will it take to figure it out?
  • Bean an Artist: Kids discover their inner artist by coloring fun Bean Sprouts characters.
  • Bean Bags: A silly scavenger hunt to make trips to the supermarket more fun!
  • Imaginibbles: Yummy, good-for-you reciPEAs and videos!

The app has no ads or in-app purchases for parental “peas"-of-mind. Healthy recipes for kids, videos and other content will be periodically updated to keep content fresh. To purchase the Bean Sprouts: Cooking Fun for Kids app, go to http://bit.ly/beancookingfunkids.

For more information, visit http://www.beansprouts.com.
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About Bean Sprouts
Bean Sprouts is a nationally-recognized, hip and healthy kid-friendly café and cooking school. Bean Sprouts’ philisoPEA is to spark children’s appetites with yummy, good-for-you food and delight grown-ups with a happier meal time. Recognized on Fast Casual magazine’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers list for two years, Bean Sprouts has three cafés at family destinations in Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland, with plans to open an additional 75 cafés by 2018. For more information, visit http://www.beansprouts.com.

About The Junior League's “Kids in Kitchen” Initiative
The Junior League Kids in the Kitchen initiative began in 2006 with the goal of engaging kids in the preparation of healthy meals as a means to educate them and their parents regarding nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Junior Leagues in more than 200 communities in four countries provide lessons and demonstrations related to preparation of healthy meals and snacks in partnership with local community organizations, chefs and nutritionists. For more information, visit http://kidsinthekitchen.ajli.org/the-village.

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