I joined Produce for Kids a little more than 3 years ago after 10+ years working in the marketing world of grocery retail. Our team is small but mighty and I love the passion we have for fresh produce and giving back to our communities.
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Mornings are always extra hectic, trying to wrangle the kids out of bed to get ready and get off to school on time. Something I've been doing for several years now is prepping as much as I can the night before. Laying clothes out, making sure backpacks are packed, and getting a head start on lunch - all of that saves me time, and stress, in the mornings. These Breakfast Quiche Bites are the perfect solution for those crazy busy mornings.
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.
The Mexican Corn Cups or “Esquites” is a Mexican treat I grew up with and a recipe that I want to share since Hispanic Heritage month celebrations start today, September 15. Preparing Mexican corn cups could be a nice treat to offer if you are planning a Latino heritage party at home or if celebrating Mexico’s independence, as both are celebrated in the same day.
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.
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.
Since we’re in the middle of peak grape season, which runs June to December, it’s only fitting that we team up with our friends at Sun World® to talk about this kid-friendly fruit! Sun World is a proud partner of our annual Power Your Lunchbox Pledge, which encourages families and classrooms to pledge to eat a healthier lunch this school year.
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.
During the summer I love eating salads. They're light, fresh and healthy, and easy to put together for lunch or dinner. Plus there's no need to turn on the oven! Now that my kids are older they are really enjoying salads too, so I've been playing around in the kitchen with different ingredients so I have a lot of options to offer them. Any way I can get my kids to eat more produce is a win for me!