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30 Healthy Pancake Recipes

Pancakes are the most requested breakfast item in my house. My boys love pancakes and over the years I have explored adding various ingredients to the batter: bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips and, surprisingly, corn, are our favorite additions. Regardless of what recipe I’m using, I usually have at least one of my boys in the kitchen with me. It’s important that they learn how their food is made and I’ve noticed that when they are in involved in making the dish, they are more likely to eat it. Even when it is a new recipe!

Where to Start When You Don’t Like to Cook

In this age of Pinterest and The Food Network, it can seem as if everyone loves to cook. Not only that, but they’re all scrambling to show everyone else just how appetizing, kid-friendly and all-around-wonderful their breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be. It can almost feel like a dirty little secret to admit “I hate to cook!” Here are tips to combat your dislike of cooking.

Fun Fruit & Veggie Shapes for the Lunchbox

Do you search Pinterest looking for new lunchbox ideas for your children and end up overwhelmed? I sure do. Looking at picture after picture of perfectly crafted lunches in those cute little trays, brings a smile to my face, and then dread to my heart. The lunches I make look nothing like these. The picture in my head of what the lunch will look like compared to the actual lunch, is a classic example of a Pinterest FAIL! I had to take things down a notch. I learned to simply make healthy foods a bit more fun.

How to Build a Better Breakfast

September is National Breakfast Month! We have all heard the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and although you can argue that it is not, there is still evidence that supports breakfast being an important meal that can boost your metabolism, help your children perform better in school, prevent over snacking later in the day, and stabilizes your blood sugar.

6 Kid-Friendly Recipes Inspired by Eric Carle Books

Reading books with my boys is such a special time. Like many of you, there are a few books that we’ve read together so many times I can recite them from memory. Several of the Eric Carle books fall into that category including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. My youngest loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar so much that we themed his first birthday party around the book!

10 Banana Recipes to Celebrate GROW Month

We’re excited to have Organics Unlimited President and CEO Mayra Velazquez de Leon with us for a Q&A on the blog today. Plus, we’re sharing 10 delicious banana recipes and more information about GROW Month. 

At GROW by Organics Unlimited, we are honored to participate in the Produce for Kids Power Your Lunchbox campaign for the second year in a row. As a socially-conscious company, we appreciate and support initiatives that promote healthy lifestyle choices for families and individuals. 

25 Nut-Free Lunchbox Ideas

With peanut and nut allergies on the rise in recent years, many schools have issued a ban on nuts and nut butters in lunchbox and classroom snacks. While some ban only peanut butter, I’ve heard from an increasing number of people that anything resembling peanut has also been banned, including sun or soy butter. If your school has gone nut free or you have a child with a nut allergy, here are 25 of our favorite nut-free lunchbox ideas for back to school.

Mini Zucchini Bread Muffins

In the summer months, zucchini grows like a weed in my garden, they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. There is just one small problem with having all this zucchini. I struggle getting my family to eat it. Baked, sautéed or roasted it doesn’t seem to matter.
However, I have found one way to get them to eat it – baked in muffins. That means this time of the year I am making a lot of zucchini muffins!

5 Ways to Inspire Healthy Habits

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.

Sometimes, it can be hard to get the entire family to adopt healthy habits, whether it’s eating right, or getting enough exercise. But, in order to be the most impactful, it should be something the family does together. Here are five ways to inspire healthy habits in your home and be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

How to Pack Brown Bag Lunches for the Whole Family

Summer is coming to an end, so it is time to start thinking about packing school lunches again. As a parent, it is important to that your child’s lunch is a balanced, healthy meal to make sure that they are receiving all the necessary nutrients for proper growth. Packing healthy lunches are not just a great idea for your kids, but also for the whole family. Packing lunches can help your family live a healthier lifestyle, and it will also save you money! While the task of packing day after day can be daunting, packing a healthy school lunch doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. By following these simple tips you can make lunch a healthy and tasty break in the school day and work day for your whole family.