We’ve said it before that snacking has become increasingly popular over the years, but it has always been common among children and adolescents, particularly after school. Many students eat lunch early—11:30 a.m. or even before—and then have an afternoon of classes and maybe even an after-school activity before their next opportunity to eat. It’s no surprise that most kids are starving by the time they get home and thus, reach for a snack.
Summer is over and the kids are heading back to school. As always, it’s crunch time for creative breakfast ideas, fun lunchbox meals and delicious family dinners. Back to school also can mean meals on-the-go or very little time to cook. Take time to cook ahead so that you can heat and eat and spend more time with your families during this busy season. Our Cool Food Panelists are more than prepared for you and your kiddos to head back to school.
There are many benefits to packing your child’s lunch or allowing them to pack it (with your guidance.) Not only do you get the opportunity to educate them on healthy food choices, you get to select wholesome and nutritious options that have the best chance of getting eaten. While the school lunch menu is designed to be well-balanced and nutritious, your child won’t benefit if they don’t like and won’t eat some of the items. Kids are more likely to eat foods they help choose.
June Dairy Month may be over, but there’s still time to celebrate all summer long. Our cool food panelists want to leave you with some dairy inspired recipes you can create at home to keep your family full and happy! Keep the party rolling with these dairy recipes perfect for parties, meals, and desserts!
Now that Labor Day weekend has come and gone, it’s time to embrace the school season as fall will be here before we know it. Besides breakfasts and after school snacks, another important meal you can’t forget about is lunch. Light up your kids’ faces by taking their lunchbox to the next level with these simple and fun recipes!
School days can be exhausting, and weeknights can be even busier between after school extra curriculars, music lessons, sports and other activities. Depending on what time your child eats lunch at school, it can be a really long span until dinner’s ready. A stocked fridge and freezer for after school snacks can help you stave off hunger and avoid the evening meltdown from your kiddos.
It’s August, which means it’s Back to School time! Between shopping for school supplies and new clothes, it’s also important to start planning out your meals for when school starts, especially breakfasts. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. Countless studies show that eating breakfast can help kids stay alert and perform better in school.
During the holidays, kids have the best seat in the house. Seated at the “kids table” with all of their cousins, they have the opportunity to create crafts, eat finger foods and enjoy indulgent sweets. It’s the one time of year that when the adults are mingling, the kids can get into a little bit of trouble—just a little!
Now that kids are back in school and spending five days away from home for most of the day, parents have to keep quick and satisfying breakfast and lunch options at the ready. Since many kids eat breakfast at home or on the go and consume lunch at school (whether purchased or from a brown bag), the struggle is real, especially when planning and preparing two meals a day for five days a week. That’s 10 meals a week per child and doesn’t even count dinner! But, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with a range of options for breakfast and lunch.
If you have kids, you probably have similar struggles as many other families—including getting your kids involved in meal and snack prep. Ideally they’re not only involved, but also comfortable and excited to help in the kitchen. We’re here to tell you that the struggles are worth the outcome because cooking with your children can be one of the best ways to bond, and it is definitely a fun time for all!