Today, we're guest blogging over on the RealSweet Blog, sharing all about our #PowerYourLunchbox campaign, plus 10 easy ways to add more fruits and veggies to your child's lunchbox. Did you know that Produce for Kids was founded by John Shuman, President of Shuman Produce? He saw a need to bring the produce industry together to help give back to local communities and began Produce for Kids in 2002 to do just that. Shuman Produce, or RealSweet® as you may know it, is a family-owned Vidalia® sweet onion grower our of Reidsville, GA.
Back to School
If you follow Produce for Kids on Instagram, you probably saw the LaLa Lunchbox Takeover Tuesday on Jan. 17 hosted by Gillian Fein, creator of LaLa Lunchbox. We had the chance to chat with Gillian and find out what the hype was around her LaLa Lunchbox app and how it can help #poweryourlunchbox.
Today's guest blog post comes from Ashleigh of Dash of Evans. Visit dashofevans.com for family, food and fun…on a budget! In our house, making meatballs is a family event. Yes, it’s messy and it takes a bit longer, but it’s something fun we can do on a weekend afternoon. On the speaker, we put some Motown music on and have a blast! I love to double or triple the batch to freeze for other meals. These turkey meatballs are delish and filled with veggies.
During the chilly, snowy winter months, all my family craves are warm, comforting dishes. There’s something special about a hot bowl of soup on a freezing cold day. I’m always looking for new ideas to pack warm lunches for my kids when they head off to school. A good thermos is a must-have lunchbox item in the winter!
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.
Who’s a fan of sheet pan dinners? This mom! What’s easier than protein + veggies + seasoning, then just throwing it all on a sheet pan and baking? During the craziness of the week, sheet pan dinners are a real lifesaver since they’re quick, easy and require little-to-no clean-up. That means I can serve a nutritious dinner and have time to spend with my family. A win-win in my book!
Let’s face it – mornings are no picnic. Between getting kids dressed and fed (not to mention, remembering that today is Crazy Sock Day or Silly T-Shirt Day), packing lunches and making sure the kids’ backpacks are fully stocked with homework, getting out the door on time is never easy. That’s why I love grab-and-go breakfasts. The kids can eat them in the car on the way to school, saving me precious time in the morning.
While many families pack a lunch, many students do purchase lunch at school. I'm a registered dietitian, and a mom, and understand the worry that children might not be making healthy decisions when it comes to filling their plate at school. Here are a few simple tips to encourage kids to make the right choices in the lunch line.
Back to school means back to busy schedules and routines. But, it’s also a great time of year to get organized with family meal planning to save time and money. When you think about what you’re going to make, you’re more likely to make healthier choices for your family.
Today marks the first day of school for us in Orange county, FL, and it’s my youngest’s first day of kindergarten. Don’t worry, I was a tough mom and held back the tears until she boarded the bus. Many of us parents have sent our little ones off to their first day of school this year, and the rest of us will over the next few weeks, and sighed relief at not having to come up with one more summer activity or camp to keep our kids busy. Now comes the fun part of nightly homework, busy schedules and lunch-packing duties.