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It’s Back To School
It’s time to get back to the routine and reestablish some of those good eating habits that were set aside this summer. When it comes to habits, remember that children copy adults. If you eat well and enjoy your food, chances are that your children will, too. Here are some ideas to think about as you pack lunches, fix family meals, and plan your grocery shopping.
The average child will not starve himself. If they don’t eat at one meal, they will make up for it at another.
Snacks are small meals and need to be as nutritious as possible. It works better when they are planned and served as a designated part of the day’s food intake and served at a specified time each day. If you insist that your children take time to sit down and be aware of what they are eating, it is also a good opportunity for you to sit down with them and catch up on their day.
Encourage them to help you plan the meals, shop for the groceries, and even help prepare ingredients or whole dishes according to their abilities. Give them the easy tasks.
If children are aware of where their food is grown, they may find it easier to enjoy and appreciate the foods served at family meals. As Valerie Waters points out in her tip, Education through sampling, “We all know kids can be notoriously picky when it comes to food. Try taking them to a farmer’s market where they will learn that food doesn’t just come from the supermarket and that there are seasons for different foods. They will be encouraged to sample a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and often nuts or dried fruit, too. A farmer’s market is a fun outing for the whole family.”
Lunches To Take To School
Here are some great ideas for packable, tote-able lunches that even the kids can prepare – Well maybe with a little help from Mom.
Raisin Apple Mini Pizzas – Purchase ready baked pizza crusts or resort to bagels cut in half, and shredded cheese. Then, chop a few apples and any kid can put these together in a hurry.
Once they are assembled, just a little help with the skillet and the kids can put these sure-to-please California Raisin Peanut Butter Griddlers on the table fast. Or skip the heat and pack them cold. Delicious either way!
Two servings of milk or other dairy products help insure that kids get enough calcium and Vitamins A and D. What would be a better after school fill-up than a glass of cold milk and a tasty, sweet, nutritious California raisin bar?
Top it off with a cool Moroccan Salad with California Raisins! Don’t let that Honey-Raisin Syrup with the California Raisin Juice Concentrate get in the way. A light molasses will serve just as well. Or choose that Bombay Salad just chock full of raisins, melons, and other things too good to mention.
These are just a few of the great recipes to be found at LoveYourRaisins.com. Wherever you go, whatever you do, California Raisins add to the fun and enjoyment. From snacks to lunches to special desserts, they are the Wise Choice for better eating, every time!
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