August 2005

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In This Edition
It’s That Time of Year Again! Healthy School Lunches and Snacks for Your Kids!
Back to School Recipes and Snack Ideas That Won’t Get Tossed
Thousands Enter Coast-to-Coast California Raisin Recipe Contest
California Dancing Raisin Nominated as Classic Icon
Health and Nutrition
1. Toss a handful of raisins on top of your cereal in the morning and cross one fruit serving off your daily list!
2. With benefits ranging from heart disease prevention to stress reduction, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health, according to the Mayo Clinic (March 2005).
3. Interested in building an eating and exercise plan tailored specifically to you? Click here to go to MyPyramid.gov and get moving!
4. A study conducted last year showed that teens who ate dinner five to seven times a week with their families were less likely to try drugs and alcohol. They were more likely to get A’s in school, too! (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University 2004).
5. Don’t skip breakfast. Everyone needs energy in the morning and eating helps wake up your metabolism. According to the American Dietetic Association, kids who eat breakfast are more likely to meet their daily nutritional needs, keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels, and attend school more frequently!
6. Help your college freshman avoid the “freshman 15″ – the 15 pounds that first-year college students tend to gain.  Review nutrition basics with them.  Encourage them to eat three meals a day and avoid second trips to the endless buffet line.  If you send care packages, pack healthy snacks like air-popped popcorn and California raisins.

It’s That Time of Year Again! Healthy School Lunches and Snacks for Your Kids!

There’s no question about it – Countless studies indicate that a well-fueled kid has a leg up in school compared to other students whose diets don’t include a healthy breakfast and lunch. Want your child to make it all the way through to the middle of the day? Pack a lunch that fuels their bodies and their minds.

As families prepare for school across the country, set your mind at ease and know that while the perfect backpack and “first-day” outfits are certainly important, meal planning should rank right up there too! Food experts encourage parents to engage kids in the process. Some believe that the more involved they are, the more likely children are to be well-informed and adventurous eaters. If you’re lucky, you can even get them to pack their own lunchboxes once in a while, too.

While your budding students may not appreciate all of raisins’ nutritious attributes, they will appreciate their great taste.

Keep an eye on the number of fruit or vegetable servings your kids are eating every day. The new USDA food guidelines recommend five a day. One-fourth cup of raisins counts as one serving of fruit.

Don’t forget to pack a beverage. Low or no-fat milk and real fruit juices are good choices. Freeze the juice and add to the lunchbox while it is still frozen to keep most lunches cold until noon. Make those special peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or almost any sandwich from frozen bread to be sure they keep until time to eat.

Check out the back-to-school friendly recipes below for some tasty inspirations. Don’t worry, these recipes were purposely selected to be too precious to trade and won’t be tossed. There are even more great ideas for lunches for kids of all ages at www.calraisins.org.

Back to School Recipes and Snack Ideas That Won’t Get Tossed

For mid-day or after-school, break out of the chips-for-snacks mode and get creative with one of these recipes!

Recipes:
Sunshine Snack Mix
Raisin Crouton Gorp (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts)
Raisin Nachos with Cinnamon Dipping Sauce
Our Growers Favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Thousands Enter Coast-to-Coast California Raisin Recipe Contest

It’s official, the last day of the California Raisin Recipe Contest was July 31. We received over 2,500 recipes and we plan to announce the winners at the end of the month.

We look forward to sharing the best recipes sent in by home chefs across the country in four different categories: appetizers/snacks; soups/salads/side dishes; main courses/entrees; and desserts/baked goods (including breads).

A panel of judges, including California raisin farmers and their wives along with Jenny Thompson, CRMB Spokesperson and former U.S. Olympic Swimmer, and an esteemed California chef are busy evaluating the wonderful and inspirational entries.

California Dancing Raisin Nominated as Classic Icon

That’s right, for the second year in a row, the California Dancing Raisin has been nominated as one of the classic icons in the advertising industry by the American Association of Advertising in cooperation with USA Today.

Next month (September), the general public will have the opportunity to vote for their top favorite icons and slogans. The winners will be announced on September 26. If you want to follow the action and find out how to vote for your favorites, keep your eye out for that special issue of USA Today!