Oh, how I long for the days when my kids ate what I put in front of them. They weren’t strong enough to open the fridge, couldn’t reach the cookies in the pantry, and had no money of their own and no transportation to get to the nearest fast food restaurant. There are zillions of books, websites and blogs dedicated to feeding our babies, toddlers and preschoolers healthy foods. But what happens when they become tweens and teens and make many of their food choices when we aren’t there to help them make wise decisions?
Produce for Kids Blog
Did you know that Produce for Kids is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year? Fifteen years ago, in 2002, our president and founder, John Shuman, began a mission to bring the produce industry together to support children’s non-profit organizations. Little did he know that Produce for Kids would grow from a simple in-store campaign to raise money for local children’s hospitals to a year-round healthy eating resource for families (all while still hosting in-store campaigns to raise more than $6 million for children’s charities).
Feeding a child is one of the most stressful parts of parenting for me. One minute my kids all enjoy a spaghetti dinner with homemade meatballs and green salad. The next minute that same meal is launched across the dining room table. Is this behavior picky eating? I’d like to think so. I also think there comes a time when children learn food is one of the only things they can control so they test their limits with Mom and the laws of gravity like Bill Nye the Science Guy. From what I’ve researched and witnessed in my own kitchen, handling picky eaters is just another step in the parent-child relationship most if not all families experience.
Today, we welcome guest blogger, Jodie Fitz. She is the creator and personality of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club and author of ‘Real Food Fast” and the ‘Better Bites’ program. When she is not on the road or in the kitchen, she’s wife & mother of three.
Every once in a while, you just have to play with your food! Here’s a great way to take salad to a whole new, memorable level while packing in a bunch of veggie fun.
We’re happy to welcome Kaci Komstadius of Sage Fruit Company for today’s guest blog post. Sage Fruit Company is a sales and marketing firm located in Yakima, Washington. It’s owned by three apple/pear packing companies who joined together to deliver high quality fruit to consumers.
Every summer there are certain things we can look forward to: warm weather, backyard barbeques and spending time with our loved ones. Add to my list, the excitement of all of the different fruits and vegetables I can find in my produce department from June-September. Among those many offerings are a wide range of stone fruit – some of my absolute favorites!
Summer has finally arrived! Besides the beautiful weather, I also love summer because of the celebrations of the season. Summer produce is at its peak as well, and I can't wait to get back to the farmer’s market and pick up colorful fresh fruits and veggies of all kinds. This time of year I start to gravitate towards lighter meals rather than the traditional warm comfort food I've eaten all winter. That includes lightening up my desserts, too!
Is anyone else all about the berries during the summer months? My youngest would go into full meltdown mode if we didn’t have strawberries on hand at any given moment. While berries are perfect for snacking any time of the day, there are also so many fantastic ways to use them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert!
Need a cool treat to help beat the summer heat? We’ve round-up some of our favorite healthier cool-down frozen treats to keep the whole family from overheating this summer.
A few years ago, I picked up a grill basket at Target and, little did I know, that grill basket would open up a whole new world of options as far as veggies go for the grill. I personally love the smoky charred flavor that the grill gives all food, from meats to veggies to even pizza (if you haven’t tried grilling pizza you must!).
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this time of year brings with it a rainbow of fresh fruits and veggies! It’s the perfect time to add more color to your family cookouts, summer picnics and afternoon snacks. And don’t forget to get patriotic with your produce! With Memorial Day just around the corner and the Fourth of July coming soon after, keep this list of healthy red, white and blue recipes handy for your celebrations.