Monthly Archives: August 2014

Taste of Dole Island Pork Sliders

Live it Up on Labor Day!

Even though the season has not changed quite yet, the unofficial end of summer is marked by Labor Day (first Monday of September) and can also be described as the back-to-school kick-off! While Labor Day has many meanings, here are a few interesting facts about this holiday:

Happy Pancakes

Break Your Child’s Fast with Breakfast

You’ve heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But why? When you break down the definition of breakfast, it literally refers to “breaking the fast” after going without food for 8 to 12 hours during sleep. Now that school is back in session, it’s essential to remember that breakfast is especially important for your growing kiddos!

Freezer Clean-Out Meatball Veggie Casserole

The Real Cost of Food Waste

Did you know the average family throws out $2,000 in food every year? Yikes! That’s more than just not cleaning your plate. We’ve all done it no matter how hard we try…thrown out food that has gone to waste. The fruit that goes bad before you can eat it. The bread that gets stale before the loaf is gone. The leftovers that never get eaten. In the U.S., more food reaches landfills than any other single material, accounting for over 20 percent by weight[1].

Fresh and Fruity Cones

How to be a SMART Snack-er

With the school year quickly approaching and children from preschool to high school heading back to the classroom, summer schedules are switching over to those filled with earlier bedtimes, jam packed days and long awaited weekends. Once a new school year begins, many families are tasked with conforming their laidback, relaxing schedule to one with more structure. Even though weekdays now start early in the morning and may go late into the evening due to extracurricular activities, the implementation of healthy habits are crucial!

One healthy habit that could be weaved into any child’s lifestyle starting at a young age is how to properly snack throughout the day. When dropped off at school, learning is the priority of all students and is fueled by healthy meals and snacks.[1]

Sargento Sauteed Zucchini with Basil & Cheese

Summer Lovin': Favorite Seasonal Fruits & Veggies

We all know summer is the season best known for its abundance of fruits and vegetables, but many health-conscious Americans still aren’t consuming enough, with seven out of ten Americans failing to meet the daily recommendation.[1] Produce not only improves our health in a powerful way from its vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, but can become a perfect complement to certain cravings and meal options.[2] For instance, you can throw blueberries into a French toast casserole or incorporate peas into a chili or chowder. No matter how you look at it, fruits and vegetables are one of the easiest ingredients to integrate into your diet.

Philly Style Steak & Cheese Panini

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread—National Sandwich Month!

With back-to-school time just around the corner, all we can think about is the quintessential lunch item, SANDWICHES! From a child sinking their teeth into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, to deli fanatics craving a pastrami on rye and an all-American classic cheesesteak loved by all in Philadelphia, we can’t think of anyone who can resist one of the most popular foods worldwide.[1] Not only are sandwiches completely customizable, but they come in countless variations and have been around for centuries.

Don't call it quits on kitchen fun - summer isn't over until the school bell rings!

Last Blast of Summer: Kids in the Kitchen Before Back to School

It’s August, which means summertime is winding down and Back-to-School season for your kids is gearing up! Just because the school supplies are beginning to pile up in your household doesn’t mean it’s time to call it quits on fun—summer isn’t over until the school bell rings! Make the most of your last blasts of summer and spend some quality time together by getting your kids in the kitchen!

Turkey Sandwich with Mango Salsa

Pack a Nutritious Punch with Powerful Lunches

Did you know that 20 percent of adults skip lunch on any given day? [1] If you’re guilty of this daily occurrence, it’s probably because lunch tends to be the mealtime that is most overlooked. From being squished in the middle of the day, to working long hours and not finding the time to sit down and enjoy a meal, adults are missing out on an opportunity to pack some nutrition into their daily diet! By bringing a brown bag lunch to work, stocking your work freezer with frozen entrees for-one or eating at a restaurant, sticking with a consistent, healthy lunch plan is crucial for maintaining a well-balanced diet, in more ways than we can count.