Parents on Produce® Blog

Build a Better Sandwich

With the craziness of back-to-school time, we can sometimes fall into a lunchbox rut - same sandwich, same sides. Make lunch fun for kids by letting them get in on the creative action! Print out a copy of this Build a Better Sandwich guide and let them pick what toppings they want.

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The Remarkable Journey of a 15-Year-Old Entreprenuer

Meet Carter Kostler, the 15-year-old entrepreneur who created Define Bottles, a line of fruit-infusing water bottles, as a way of combating childhood obesity. As a partner of the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge, Carter will be donating 20% of all proceeds to help support classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org. Make sure to take the pledge today!

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14 Healthy After School Snacks Under 5 Ingredients

The kids get home from school and in inevitable happens – they’re hungry. Instead of heading for a prepackaged snack, try some of these healthy, produce-packed recipes with just 5 ingredients or less. They’re more balanced with protein, fiber and vitamins to keep even the hungriest kids satisfied until dinner.

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What’s in Season for August?

Knowing what fresh produce items are in season when you head to the grocery store can not only save you money, but also means that you’ll be enjoying fruits and veggies at their peak! Read on to see what’s in season for August and get some delicious recipes to incorporate these items into mealtime.

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Build Your Own Salad

During these hot summer months, nothing is more refreshing that a great salad! Crisp lettuce topped crunchy veggies, filling protein and fun add-ons makes for a nutrient-rich meal the whole family will enjoy. This Build Your Own Salad guide will help you select the best topping for your salad, or print our copies for the whole family to build their own!

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5 Ways to Freeze Fruits & Veggies

Preserving the season’s bountiful produce is something home gardeners hope for when they plant their gardens. But it can be tough knowing where to begin. Many fruits and vegetables freeze well and most methods use items you probably already have on hand to help you prepare them for freezer storage. I’m sharing 5 of my favorites here.

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10 Easy Back to School Dinners Recipes

Can you believe back-to-school is just around the corner? It seems like only yesterday that I was picking up my boys on their last day of school. The start of a new school year is one of the busiest times for my family. Between my husband finalizing lesson plans, shopping for school supplies and getting everyone out the door, the last thing I want to think about is cooking a complicated dinner.

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Picnic-Friendly Recipes + #SummerPicnic Twitter Party

Summer is the perfect time to pack a picnic and head to the local park for some family time. Join Produce for Kids, Christine of Cook the Story, and Jazz Apples on July 30 at 9pm ET for the #SummerPicnic Twitter party! We’ll be chatting all about summer picnics and sharing our favorite recipes and tips. We’ll also be giving away some great prizes!

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