Although spring has officially sprung, it definitely still feels like winter across most of the country. For most of us, we had a taste of spring much earlier than usual, but then old man winter had to come back and remind us that he wasn't gone quite yet! So while it's still cold outside, I'm enjoying my favorite soups for as long as I can.
Produce for Kids Blog
Spring sports are kicking off, which means parents will need to have snacks ready to go to fuel their little athletes for practice and games. Did you know potatoes provide the carbohydrates, potassium and energy needed to perform your best? We’ve teamed up with Colorado Potatoes to bring you some recipes and tips to incorporate potatoes into your active lifestyle.
Every March, the Produce for Kids team has the pleasure of attending Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure show. While there, we get the opportunity to host a reception for our grocery and produce partners to thank them for their support of Produce for Kids and our mission to create a healthier generation. We also have the chance to get a peek at new products that will be hitting grocery stores, learn more about the latest trends in fresh produce and meet new companies.
It’s hard to believe that spring break is just around the corner with all of the crazy weather we’ve had this winter. No matter what the weather is like where you live or what your plans are, I have great snack ideas and fun activities for your spring break.
Pasta soups are a classic dish and a tradition at the Mexican family table. My mom used to make this Mexican-style pasta soup with vegetables for us, and would normally use pasta shapes like stars and letters. Inspired by those childhood favorites from my mother’s table, I decided to prepare this Mexican-style pasta soup for kids but that will also be enjoyed by those that are kids at heart.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! We all know this holiday is loaded up with lots of green and the dream of finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We are excited to share some new St. Patrick’s Day-themed creations straight from the Produce for Kids test kitchen.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with the 5th graders at Eagle Creek Elementary about how to fuel their bodies for success. I was also honored to be featured in my community magazine - Nona Vibe. As the Director of Marketing at Produce for Kids, I love sharing my passion for healthy eating and giving back with those around me.
Today's guest blog post comes from Diane Smith, Executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee. March is National Nutrition Month, so we at the Michigan Apple Committee are thinking about all the great nutritional benefits of apples. Apples are an important part of a healthy diet. They are low in sodium and calories and loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants and fiber - truly a smart choice for everybody!
Home cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. After a long day of work, sometimes it’s tough to make your way to the kitchen to cook dinner, but with a little meal planning and some simple recipes, it definitely can be done! My favorite recipes tend to be those made in the slow cooker, sheet pan suppers, and one-pot meals. Easy to prep and easy to clean up, which is just my style.
Everywhere we turn people are talking about bodies: Strong bodies, sick bodies, short bodies, pregnant bodies. And whether we like it or not, our kids are hearing and seeing all this talk about bodies - and what’s good, bad; attractive, ugly. It’s important for us, as parents, to add our voices to the mix, and not let the media have the only voice shaping how our children view their bodies. And as many of us adults struggle with body image ourselves, any strategies we utilize in teaching our children to have a positive body image just might help our own cause as well.