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Five o’clock is quitting time, and that means your son or daughter is wrapping up their sports camp, too. Most likely, they’ll be hungry, tired, and ready to rest. Feeding them the right nutrition will help their bodies recover to do it all again tomorrow!

Here are some tips to ensure proper recuperation and allow your athlete to hit the drills again in the morning:

  • Hydrate. Water is just as important after working out as it is before working out. If practice takes place in the sun, your child needs enough fluids to replace not only the sweat, but also the electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and chloride that they they’ve lost throughout the day. Sports drinks are key to replacing these minerals.
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With the fishing opener coming this weekend you might be asking yourself, what do fish like to eat?  Hopefully the bait you cast out on your line, and maybe even a few tidbits you’ve dropped over the side…But more importantly, what do you like to snack on? After all, everyone knows fishing requires not only a lot of patience, but also a boat stocked with enough distractions of food and beverage to sustain a weary fisherman for the long haul.

This weekend even if the fish aren’t biting, be sure you are – by filling your cooler with some of our tasty suggestions.

Easy basics for the Little Fry: (all individually pre-wrapped and easy to stow)

M & Ms, Snickers, string cheese, Go-gurt (try freezing in advance), Uncrustables Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, lollipops, juice pouches and/or mini sodas.

Can’t-live-without-its for the Big One:  Peanuts, Almonds, Beef Jerky, Sunflower seeds, your favorite Beer and chips.

“The Big Catch”: If you want to upscale your snacks this year in honor of a long winter’s wait, make this recipe in advance. This one’s easy to toss back all in one bite – (and would probably make great bait if you’re in need!)

Bacon wrapped li’l smokies
1 16 oz. package little smokie sausages
1 lb. bacon
1 cup brown sugar, or to taste

Preheat oven to 350.  Cut bacon into thirds and wrap each strip around a sausage.  Place a toothpick thru each one, arrange on baking tray and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar.  Bake until bacon is crisp and sugar is melted.  May be served hot, cold or room temperature.  Can be made ahead and refrigerated until use.

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Springtime is full of family landmarks and celebrations.  From prom to graduation – parties abound!  Are you looking for menu ideas?

Prom Night

Prom night can be a teen’s first chance to host a dinner party—it’s a great opportunity for them to learn about planning a special event for friends.  It can be fun for your teen to brainstorm menu options, decorations, and strategically organize the party.  Some ideas for prom night dinner include:

  • Lasagna with crusty bread and salad
  • Steak with a potato dish and a vegetable
  • Grilled kebabs or grilled salmon with rice and a veggie.

Serve a sparkling juice with the meal and top it off with a delicious dessert to make the meal feel extra special.  If you want some help brainstorming, you can go to Cobornsdelivers.com and click on “Easy Eats” for ideas in different categories.  Under the “Dinner” listing, I like:

  • Baked Cheesy Tomato Basil Pasta
  • Filet Mignon with Porcini Mushroom Sauce

Grad Parties

Grad parties are another time when the party menu is key.  Depending on the time of day, you could do a morning brunch, appetizers in the afternoon, or sandwiches for lunch or dinner—but really, the sky’s the limit.  Some of my favorite crowd-pleasers include:

  • Artichoke, crab, or spinach dip
  • Meatballs (for a sauce, I like to mix one jar of cocktail sauce and one jar of seedless raspberry jelly)
  • Egg rolls, wontons, pot stickers
  • Fresh fruit or raw veggies with hummus or spinach dip
  • Pasta salad

From Cobornsdelivers.com:

  • Chocolate Dipped Twizzlers
  • Big Sandwich
  • Dessert Pizza

Whatever menu you serve, the party will be special because it’s marking a landmark in your child’s life.  So have fun planning and enjoy this rite of passage with your teen.

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CobornsDelivers needs your help! We asked our readers to make Mother’s Day videos thanking their moms for all they do. Click here to see our favorite submissions and then cast a vote for your favorite in the poll below. Thanks and happy Mother’s Day!

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Hi everybody! With the Mother’s Day Video Contest in full swing, we want to be sure everyone is easily able to log in to YouTube and upload their videos. First, for anyone with a Google or Gmail account, getting started on YouTube is easy. Just follow the instructions in this link.

If you don’t have a Google account, creating a YouTube account is still possible and relatively easy. When you log on to YouTube.com, head to the upper right corner of your screen and click “Create Account”. From there, fill in the necessary information and you’re on your way! Of course, problems with this process can pop up. If they do, please let us know. Either send a reply to this blog post or, if you’d rather remain anonymous, go ahead and send me (Justin) your questions. My email is justin@storytellermn.com.

Thanks …and good luck!

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Leave it to Twin Cities residents to come up with a great way to get outside and enjoy spring. 30 Days of Biking is an event that encourages people to ride their bikes by asking them to pledge to ride at least once a day, every day during the month of April (thus, the 30 days of biking). The challenge is the brainchild of some very active Twin Cities residents; Patrick Stephenson (@patiomensch on Twitter), Zachariah Schaap (@Zachamon) Ryan Kucera (@Rycera) and Nicole Weiler (@nicycle). So far, with more than 350 signed up to the take the pledge (as of April 7th), that brainchild is growing up to be a pretty successful kid! (Maybe this is why Minneapolis was ranked the top bike city in the country?)

So why not join the fun and take your bike out for a spin this April? And what better way to get out and enjoy the 30 Days of Biking challenge than by taking your two wheeler out to your favorite picnic spot and dining outdoors? Of course, CobornsDelivers.com has some very portable meal ideas to help you do just that.

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