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Mini Zucchini Bread Muffins

In the summer months, zucchini grows like a weed in my garden, they are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. There is just one small problem with having all this zucchini. I struggle getting my family to eat it. Baked, sautéed or roasted it doesn’t seem to matter.
However, I have found one way to get them to eat it – baked in muffins. That means this time of the year I am making a lot of zucchini muffins!

5 Ways to Inspire Healthy Habits

We’re happy to welcome Kaci Komstadius of Sage Fruit Company for today’s guest blog post. Sage Fruit Company is a sales and marketing firm located in Yakima, Washington. It’s owned by three apple/pear packing companies who joined together to deliver high quality fruit to consumers.

Sometimes, it can be hard to get the entire family to adopt healthy habits, whether it’s eating right, or getting enough exercise. But, in order to be the most impactful, it should be something the family does together. Here are five ways to inspire healthy habits in your home and be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

How to Pack Brown Bag Lunches for the Whole Family

Summer is coming to an end, so it is time to start thinking about packing school lunches again. As a parent, it is important to that your child’s lunch is a balanced, healthy meal to make sure that they are receiving all the necessary nutrients for proper growth. Packing healthy lunches are not just a great idea for your kids, but also for the whole family. Packing lunches can help your family live a healthier lifestyle, and it will also save you money! While the task of packing day after day can be daunting, packing a healthy school lunch doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. By following these simple tips you can make lunch a healthy and tasty break in the school day and work day for your whole family.

Fueling Kids for Back to School with Watermelon

Watermelon is the perfect brain food for budding Einsteins. It’s packed with nutrients, fiber and water to fill up kiddos’ tummies so they can focus on their lessons. Plus, it provides plenty of healthy fuel to power though their after-school activities.

5 Food Safety Tips for Packing Lunchboxes

It’s time to gear up for another school year which at our house means getting up a little earlier, remembering to do homework, and packing lunches. There’s lots of fun and nutritious lunch ideas out there (check out the #healthylittlelunchbox and #poweryourlunchbox hashtags on Instagram) but what’s often overlooked is how to keep the food safe. Here’s five tips on how to keep those lunchboxes safe once they leave the house.

Where to Start When No One In the Family Eats the Same Thing

Before I became a parent, I thought I would never cook separate meals for different members of my family. “What a waste of time!” I thought. “I’ll never become one of those short-order-cook parents!” I told myself. “Our kids will eat anything we put in front of them!” I told my husband. Fast forward 13+ years and I have eaten my words. Many times. And in many ways.

20 Lunchbox Tips & Hacks from Parents to Power Your Lunchbox

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!”

8 Tips for Eating More Salads

Eating leafy greens and vegetables can be a challenge for many families, especially those with young children who are still discovering new foods. Over the years, I have tried several different approaches and as my children have grown, their interest in trying new salad ingredients has grown too. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Where to Start When Your Teen Develops Poor Eating Habits

Oh, how I long for the days when my kids ate what I put in front of them. They weren’t strong enough to open the fridge, couldn’t reach the cookies in the pantry, and had no money of their own and no transportation to get to the nearest fast food restaurant. There are zillions of books, websites and blogs dedicated to feeding our babies, toddlers and preschoolers healthy foods. But what happens when they become tweens and teens and make many of their food choices when we aren’t there to help them make wise decisions?

Top 15 Recipes for Our 15th Anniversary

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).