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!
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!
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.
Back to school. Those words can evoke both anxiety and excitement in the hearts of parents. Anxiety as we shuffle off to the store to buy all those school supplies and the dreaded adjustment back to the days of stricter schedules, dinnertime stress and homework. But we have a sigh of relief at trying to figure out camp schedules, fridges and pantries stocked with snacks, and exclamations of, “I’m bored!”
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).
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!
Produce for Kids recently had the pleasure to sponsor the #MacKidCooks Cooking Competition put on by Macaroni Kid. The competition called for kids chef to create a new recipe and enter for a chance to compete with other kids to be named the MKCC Champion. For us, it was a natural fit to partner with Macaroni Kid and our parent company, Shuman Produce, to inspire a future generation of young chefs with to get in the kitchen and create healthy recipes.
Share…Quick, refrigerated pickles are easy to do with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. This recipe was created and developed by Kris & Matt James, sons of our VP Trish James during Take Your Child to Work Day. Let the jars sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours so the cucumbers can pickle. Add as little or as much garlic and red pepper flakes as you want depending on how spicy you like your pickles. Kris and Matt’s Homemade Pickles Print Recipe Print Snack Tags 5 ingredients or less, cucumber, egg free, gluten free, nut free, onion, soy free, vegan, vegetarian Servings 12 Prep Time 10minutes Servings 12 Prep Time 10minutes Quick, refrigerated pickles are easy to do with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. This recipe was created and developed by Kris & Matt James, sons of our VP Trish James during Take Your Child to Work Day. Let the jars sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours so the cucumbers can pickle. Add as little or as much garlic and red pepper flakes as you want depending on how spicy you like your pickles. Ingredients 3 cups white vinegar 3…
Spring sports are kicking off, which means parents will need to have snacks ready to go to fuel their little athletes for practice and games. Did you know potatoes provide the carbohydrates, potassium and energy needed to perform your best? We’ve teamed up with Colorado Potatoes to bring you some recipes and tips to incorporate potatoes into your active lifestyle.