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How Earth Food-Friendly Are You?

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When most people think of Earth day, they may think about: what can be done to reduce garbage, what more can be recycled, how can there be more of a reduction in air pollution and where can we plant more trees?  What some people may not be connecting with Earth day is the carbon footprint in relation to meal planning.     This is such an easy concept that I truly believ.... read more

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Homemade Mixes- Blueberry Muffins

This week we are all about quick (and still healthy) meals!  You can follow us this week on social media (like facebook , pinterest, or instagram) by using the hashtag #healthyfastfood.   Our first quick meal idea is to have homemade mixes on hand, like blueberry muffin mix! Mixes are great because it means you have to have less ingredients in your cupboard to make your kids favori.... read more

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Spring Rolls Easter Platter

We're having an Easter dinner on Sunday with the grandparents and my sisters family!  In trying to determine how we could incorporate fruits and veggies into our appetizers, I thought about one of my favorite- party friendly snacks- Pinwheels.  We love them with just salsa in the middle, but for this Easter platter, we decided to try different fruits and vegetables to really make it colo.... read more

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Veggie Deviled Eggs

Technically where I live is considered the suburbs, but it feels more like I live in the country because there are farms and open fields surrounding my street.  A lot of my neighbors have chickens, and so we get fresh eggs shared with us all the time.   There is a definite difference between fresh chicken eggs from my neighbors, and eggs I buy from the store.  The yolk is bigger and.... read more

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Are Eggs Your Brain Food?

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True or false: An egg’s nutrition comes from the white and the yolk is nearly all fat.      False.  Much of the nutrition comes from the yolk of the egg.  One large egg yolk contains vitamin D, choline, folate, vitamin A. phosphorus, potassium, and calcium, and more. That’s a whole lot of goodness in just one yolk! Yes, it contains cholesterol and yes, it contains the.... read more

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Springalicious Easter Smoothies

If you are looking for some super healthy additions to your Easter breakfast, these Smoothies would be perfect!  From our Smoothie book, kids who consume the recommended amount of fruits and veggies: Have a decreased risk for Type 2 diabetes Have Improved immunity Maintain a healthier weight Have better vision and skin Have healthier gums and teeth. Have more energy to play Have a pr.... read more

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Natural Hydration Drink for Kids

When it comes to kids and hydration, there are literally hundreds of choices out there for you to sift through.  What should you be giving your kids when they play sports, or are out playing all day?  For some reason the neon colored sports drinks have somehow made it into the 'healthy' category because we see healthy looking athletes drinking them and doing amazing things.   The t.... read more

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How to Fuel Your Young Athlete

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Want to help your young athlete get that competitive edge? Be sure to fuel them with the most wholesome clean foods possible.  Both of my children are always bouncing around, love riding bikes, jumping rope and swimming, so that alone calls for good nutrition.  My daughter has been in ballet since the age of 2 and now, as she is just about to turn 8, she sees it as more of a sport and ha.... read more

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Incredibly Edible Edamame Dip by Blender Girl

This delicious recipe is from a new book we just received from our friend Tess, The Blender Girl.  We met Tess  at an event sponsored by Driscoll's berries last year in California.  We first bumped into her at the airport and ended up sharing a shuttle to the hotel which was an hour plus drive.  We got to chat the entire way and immediately loved Tess!  She is full of life.... read more

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Dole Date Almond Energy Bars- Sports Nutrition

This week we are talking about sports nutrition, and keeping kids fit!  Follow our conversation in social media at #fitkidsfood.  Today, I have the perfect energy bar for kids involved with competitive sports.  (Even if you aren't in sports, you're going to want to make these! They are amazing!) First of all, our go-to snacks for kids that need extra energy has always been Almond.... read more

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Crockpot Creamy Fun-Guy Soup

I must admit- mushroom week has been more difficult than I thought it would be.  I love mushrooms, but it only became a favorite food for me in the last few years.  Because of that, my kids haven't been eating mushrooms from the time they were little. So, they've been a bit hesitant to accept them. (totally my fault!) Creamy soups however have been a favorite in our family for a long ti.... read more

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Veggie Stuffed Mushrooms

Before any of you say, 'My kid will never eat that' I would tell you to read on.  For some reason, mushrooms seem to be the ugly duckling of the vegetable world, (technically they are a fungus) right along side of Brussels sprouts.  Is it the texture, the flavor, the appearance?  The flavor of most mushrooms is generally mild, and so I would probably rule that out.  The appeara.... read more

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34 Ways to Eat Mushrooms

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  Applaud if you eat fungus! Doesn’t sound too appetizing does it? So what if I asked, “Do you eat mushrooms?” I am fairly certain I would get a much louder applause.  Mushrooms, in my opinion, are super foods.  They pack a whole lot of goodness into a small amount. Good source of Potassium – Some mushrooms, such as Portabella and Crimini, have over 300mg per serving and that .... read more

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Portabella Pizzas For Kids

It's mushroom week!  Mushrooms are definitely a super food. As the only in the produce department that provides vitamin D, they are essential for kids.  Especially during those dark winter months.  Mushrooms also: stimulate the immune system Inhibit estrogen production Prevent DNA Damage and slow cancer growth! (source) Follow us all week on our social media pages as well w.... read more

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Crispy Bean Tots

Tater tots.  Classic cafeteria lunch food right?  The reality is, they really are not very different from french fries.   Potatoes, fried in oil.  But kids love them!  Our version is made from garbanzo beans which are high in fiber, protein, and B vitamins.  We bake them instead of fry and they still turn out crispy, but are healthy and delicious.     .... read more

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Veggie Packed Pizza Rolls

Savory, cheesy warm pizza rolls.  But these rolls don't stop there!  They are packed, literally with veggies.  For those of you with kids who have a hard time with all of the textures and flavors of veggies, these pizza rolls are the perfect way to provide a variety of veggie flavors without overwhelming them.  We believe it is important to serve your kids veggies in different .... read more

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Vegetables: To Hide or Not to Hide

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  I have never been a fan of “hiding” vegetables in our dishes.  I often wondered what would happen when I actually decided to serve up that particular food to my kids; or my husband for that matter! Growing up, my mother just served the food and lovingly (big smile!) asked us to have just one spoonful.  One particular vegetable I can remember completely despising: PEAS! But today,.... read more

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Beet Berry Jam

This weeks theme for our blog (and our social media pages) is Hiding Veggies (follow #hidingveggies)!  And just in case you have an aversion to this technique- you must know that we hide veggies in an effort to increase the nutrients of our dishes.  Not with the intent of tricking the kids.  We do this by talking with our kids about what is in their food and why!  For this Beet.... read more

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Dole Pineapple Mango Smoothie

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Green smoothies are a great way to add fiber to your families diet. This is our last post for Fiber week!  And since I'm currently in California learning all about the Dole Brand, I figured this smoothie would be a great way to end fiber week!  (to see more of our fiber week ideas, head to our Facebook page and search #fiberweek)   I've always been a fan of frozen fruits and v.... read more

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Rainbow Pear Crisp

Pears are a naturally sweet fruit and so it only makes sense that they would make a delicious dessert.  We love pears because they are delicious, portable, make great baby food, and are naturally high in fiber!  Pears have more fiber than pretty much any other fruit.  Just to give you an idea of how much fiber they have, we made this fiber chart.   Fruit Serving Size .... read more

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5 Favorite Fiber-rich Foods

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  When many people think of fiber they think of bland, boring foods.   Yet everyone knows how beneficial fiber is.  So why is it, that a large majority of Americans are not getting the recommended doses of fiber? One reason is because there are too many people not eating the recommended 7-9 servings of fruits of vegetables everyday.  Fiber, a calorie-free substance tha.... read more

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New Mexican Shepherd's Pie {Meatless Monday}

This recipe was sent to me by my sister in law, Beth. Beth has 5 kids and is pretty much an expert at feeding her kids healthy dinners! She only sends me dinners that her kids eat without complaining, and that's why she sent over this Shepherd's Pie!  This bean dish is perfect for #fiberweek- Pinto beans have 15 grams of fiber per cup! Thanks Beth!    Have you ever been to New Me.... read more

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No-Dye Green Pancakes

Green Eggs and Ham, I do not like them Sam-I-Am!  At our house we don't really like them either and so we do Green Pancakes and.........um......orange oranges?  Not exactly sure what our traditional green pancake side is, but we do have the green pancakes down!  I am definitely not one to sneak veggies into things so that my kids don't know, and then think they will somehow magicall.... read more

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Shamrock Dippers with a Pot of Gold

There is just something fun about eating festive colored food around a holiday.  What kid doesn't love drinking green milk?  Or green pancakes for St. Patrick's day?  If you can make the colored food naturally colored using whole foods and add some nutrition in there then win, win win!  Right?  These shamrock dippers are super simple to make and they are crispy a.... read more

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Go Green! It Could Save Your Life!

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  I have always been a person who loves greens; raw spinach, green beans, peas (only as an adult), kiwi, green apples, romaine lettuce, avocadoooo!!!  But knowing just how powerful they can be at giving us a long life of vitality is something that I had to learn through my education towards becoming a registered dietitian.  Now, greens are a staple in my household.    .... read more

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Pesto Pockets- 20 Minute Dinner Idea

Join us for green week! In honor of St. Patrick's Day next Monday, we are going to be sharing our favorite green food and green ideas all week! Not just on the blog, but also Facebook and Instagram!  We hope you'll follow us!  The first thing that came to my mind when we decided to find our favorite green food was Pesto! We have made pesto with all sorts of greens before, including Ar.... read more

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Garden Party Dairy-Free Ranch Dip

In our final blog post this week for #Allergyweek, we have some dairy free (and gluten free) ranch dip!  We also rounded up some Allergy friendly recipes from other sites that we pinned to our new Allergy Pinterest Board. Check it out here. Whether you have a dairy allergy, or are lactose intolerant, it's great to have substitutes! In fact, 30-50 MILLION people in the United States alone are.... read more

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Soft Pretzel Bites {Allergy Free}

Almost every time we post a recipe, there are people who ask for a substitute for some ingredient because their child has a food allergy.  We really feel for parents of children with food allergies, because it is hard enough to feed your kids without having to restrict all sorts of foods!  I think we have finally found a recipe that is allergy free!  This recipe is gluten, soy, egg,.... read more

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Food Allergies - An Epidemic

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If you have not had someone close to you diagnosed with a food allergy, the dangers surrounding it will likely go undetected.  Even during the times when we are highly cautioned and expected to refrain from sending our children to school with such food items, the severity of it and the danger we may be putting other parent's children into may sadly be unknown.  I am fortunat.... read more

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Delicious and Chewy Homemade Granola Bars for Nut-Free Kids

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Food allergies are the worst!  Not only are you restricted in what you can bring in your home that is safe for your child, but you also have to worry about their environment when they aren't at home! A Food allergy is an immune system response to a substance found in food that is normally harmless.  Certain immune responses see the food substance and attacks it in the same way our immun.... read more

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Top Tips to Get your Kids to Eat Salad

I'm pretty sure every parent has heard the words 'I don't like that' at the dinner table.  Most often it seems the 'offensive' dish is a vegetable of sorts.  Put a bowl full of raw vegetables in front of a kid??  No way.  But there is a way!  And the proof is in the puddin'.  I have 2 kids that are very different eaters.  One will literally eat anything you put i.... read more

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Salad Dippers

There are literally thousands of different salad recipes from leafy greens, to fruit, to potatoes.  I got thinking about what a salad really is, and so I just googled the definition.  Some definitions are: -a combination of various foods, that may or may not contain leafy vegetables, usually served chilled or at a moderate temperature. -a cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked .... read more

Posted in Blog, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers, Gluten Free, Peppers, Picky Eaters, Salads, Snacks, Vegetarian | Post Comment | 2

4 Ways to Add Fitness Into a Busy Life

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Are you easily distracted? Do you feel out of shape? Are you battling with kids who just want to watch TV or play video games? Is your day already booked up so much that you are tempted to add that 25th hour? Well, I am here, once again, to help you with a fun, inspiring and doable way to add more fitness into your family's life. Overcome Your ObstaclesI too, will often find myself needing to r.... read more

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Kid Friendly Salad Bundles

My daughter came home from school a few days ago (she's 13) and mentioned that the cafeteria was serving her favorite salad!  My kids buy school lunch once a week, and she was bummed she had brought her lunch that day.  Curious, I asked her what her favorite salad was.  She said: Lettuce with ranch!  LOL I didn't really count that as a feeding success, but at the same time, I c.... read more

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Nut Free, Lunch Box Ready, Trail Mix

Many schools across the country are going "Nut Free" to protect the students with nut allergies.  For many parents it presents a bit more thoughtfulness in packing school lunch.  One thing my kids like to take to school (whether they eat it at lunch, or during breaks) is trail mix.  They like the mix of salty and sweet. I like the mix of healthy fats, carbs, and proteins!  But .... read more

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Favorite Finger Foods for Toddlers

We believe that healthy snacking is important for kids.  Kids have small stomachs and aren't able to consume as much food as an adult at one sitting.  We also believe that kids shouldn't be constantly grazing either.  If they are just grabbing a handful of something every time they run through the kitchen, this doesn't allow them to actually get hungry, making it less likely that th.... read more

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Mini Veggie Muffin Sandwiches

We make muffins at least once a week, and it's not uncommon for my kids to take one in their lunch when we have leftovers.  What is new this week though, is using our muffins to make sandwiches! The last muffins we made were on the savory side, which we enjoyed, but I couldn't help but think how these little babies could just be used for a lunchbox sandwich if we were ever out of bread!  .... read more

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Fun After School Snacks

  Pretty much every child that I know loves animals.  I'm not sure if it is because they can relate to animals better than adults (or act like them :) or really what the connection is, but isn't it endearing?  We don't have any animals at our house right now, but my girls ask me if when can get a dog probably on a weekly basis.   I keep telling them when they turn 12.  (I.... read more

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Valentine's Veggies- Special Dinner for Awesome Kids

While I'm definitely snagging some alone time with my husband, I'm also deeply in love with my kids! Valentine's Day is to "express your love to those you love", so of course we include the children.  Having family traditions for the holidays is a great way to have your kids feel connected and loved.  One tradition we want to start is having fondue for dinner! I didn't realize how succes.... read more

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3 Ways To a Healthy Heart

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  Hippocrates was not kidding when he said this powerful quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Proven many times over, food naturally and synergistically works within our bodies to boost immunity, protect DNA from oxidative stress, improve skin health, lower blood pressure, and many other healthy benefits. Each day’s choice of food can only affect your health a littl.... read more

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Product Review: Healthy Snacking Accessories {Plus Giveaway}

*This post is sponsored by Skip Hop, all of our opinions about their products are our own. Giveaway is closed.  Congrats to Jocelyn!  Families are more on the go than they ever have been before.  Parents are running their kids to lessons, activities, and school stuff everyday.  A lot of parents that I talk to feel like they need a mobile kitchen because they spend so much time.... read more

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Nature's Valentine "Candy" Necklace

Today we are using freeze dried fruit! At Super Healthy Kids our main message is to introduce kids to a variety of fruits and vegetables in a variety of ways.  One of those ways, that we have never talked about here is freeze dried. Something great about freeze dried fruit, is that it almost never comes with added sugar, at least the brands I've checked.  Freeze drying begins when fruit .... read more

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Keeping Kids Fit: Before, During and After School

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  "We all know kids can't sit still-so let's tap into that energy for health and fitness." A great quote that is the subject focus of 303 Kid Approved Exercises + Active Games, by Kimberly Wechsler.  As a mother I am always reminding myself that its perfectly normal for my 5 and 7 year olds to be bouncy the minute they wake up until their heads hit the pillow at night.  As a.... read more

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Valentine's Berry Platter

When I was pregnant with my first I really wanted a boy.  I look back and think how naive I was being, but in my mind I was a 'boy' mom.  I really just could not envision myself dressing up a little girl with bows, and frills, and all of the cute things that come with a girl.  And then Amelia was born.  She was born with the most girly girl instincts known to the world of girls.... read more

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Layered Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Lemon Pie {Plus $75 Giveaway}

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This post is sponsored by US Highbush Blueberry Council in connection with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  Giveaway is closed- Congrats to DAWN from Ohio! I love blueberries! I could eat buckets full of them! I really could.  I used to live in Oregon in high school, and out there, they grew like weeds.  People giving away blueberries like they give away zucchini in .... read more

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Sun-Kissed Fruit Chews {100% Fruit}

This Winter I feel like it has been unusually sunny.  I realized that I don't mind the cold as much as I mind the dark, cloudy gray of Winter.  When I wake up in the morning and the sun is out, my soul is happy!  But on those dark, gray days is when I need something fun and happy.  Usually this is food related, but sometimes I can crank some fun tunes and it fills my need. &nbs.... read more

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Vit C - Why Is It So Vital?

  On the forefront of nutrition at this time of year is Vitamin C.  An important vitamin from food that has been shown many times over to ward off the typical coughs and sniffles.  One aspect about this powerful nutrient is that it is a water soluble vitamin, meaning our body cannot assimilate it and we need to ingest it. So why is vitamin C so vital to our health? It's a nec.... read more

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Pink Cauliflower Poppers

Last Friday was my 17 year anniversary!  My husband signed us up for a dinner/cooking class to celebrate at Sur La Table!   Although my husband isn't interested in taking a cooking class, he was pulled in by the fact that we would be eating steak and scallops for dinner.  I thought it was fabulous! I learned so much from the chef that night (including blasting cauliflower, which I'l.... read more

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The Dietary Guidelines for a Balanced Lunch {with the help of our favorite lunch boxes}

With all the conflicting health news, new research, marketing, and propaganda, it's sometimes difficult to know what the right things to feed your kids are.  That's why I love the simple message of the US dietary guidelines.  The Choose MyPlate icon was designed to reflect these guidelines for healthy eating and make them easy to follow.   They are listed below:   (print) .... read more

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Condiment Clean-out!

  In light of the new year, I like to rid my home of...well, garbage food! Between the mass amounts of gatherings, school parties, Halloween leading to Thanksgiving, then Christmas etc, etc...the cabinets will get loaded with junk.  If you are like me, its not necessarily things you have bought, but there are the items that people have given you and you just keep packing it away think.... read more

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Choose Your Own Adventure Veggie Lunch

I started reading Parenting with Love and Logic this week.  It is seriously such a good book and has made me completely reevaluate my parenting style.  It has made me think about kids and food choices and how our goal as parents is to teach our kids how to make balanced healthy food choices on their own someday. When kids are little, the parent is the provider of all the food.  They.... read more

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Veggie Sandwich on Homemade French Bread Lunch

As most of you know, my kids pack their own lunches.  I start them in Kindergarten doing it themselves.  Understand, we have parameters of course. They have to have a veggie, a protein, a fruit, and a grain. We also have all the food for lunches from our meal plans that often they will pack because it's available, and it's easy.   However, as much as they love to pack sandwiches, s.... read more

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