There are three pieces to the “school lunch puzzle” that make it challenging for childcare providers. The first is the “what,” while the second is the “how” and the last is the task of keeping it affordable. In the midst of a busy week that tugs on our time and resources, how do we fit these puzzle pieces into a perfect picture five lunches that work for both your student and you? We start with a plan (and the right tools).
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A new school year means new gear that goes beyond school supplies to lunch time. Check out the latest tools that ensure your child’s lunch is as cold or as warm as it should be to guarantee your student enjoys a nutritious, balanced and safe lunch. Please remember that unless the foods you are packing are shelf stable (meaning you store them in your pantry or on your counter) you need to maintain their proper temperature (less than 40 degrees for cold foods and greater than 140ºF for warm) until lunch.
Today’s supermarket produce section is an example of how connected our world is. Where we once had to wait for our local growing season, we now have access to a variety of produce all year as we import fruits and vegetables from all over the world. The result is that we don’t have to wait for June to enjoy strawberries or September for apples (if you live in the northeast, for example). Naturally, I’m all for a colorful diet all year, but have you ever stopped to think about what it means that we have access to just about every fruit and vegetable twelve months a year?
The type of fat found in seafood, omega-3 and DHA specifically, makes it essential for both mom and baby. Research shows that the benefits for women during pregnancy include increasing the likelihood for full-term pregnancy, as well as improved size of the newborn. Research also suggests that appropriate intake of seafood and DHA reduce the potential for post-partum depression. For baby, DHA is believed to offer extensive neurological benefits, including development of baby’s eyes and brain. It’s even possible that there is an increased potential for maintaining an ideal body weight in childhood.
The seafood counter can be intimidating. Most people scan the case, looking over different filets and shellfish, wondering how they taste, how fresh they are, and of course, the best way to prepare them. Ironically, most seafood is very easy to prepare, especially on the grill. Last year I wrote about all of the reasons why you should grill some fish this Father’s Day. This year I want to help you select the right fish at the seafood counter.
My family recently went on a 2,000 mile road trip. On paper, this eight state tour looked like a serious culinary challenge. After all, I’m naturally particular about fast food fare and convenience products, and two members of my family of four have celiac disease, which means that very little is “fast” and just about nothing is “convenient.” Unless, of course, you make it that way. Whether you are tackling a big road trip, spending too many hours at a hotel, or checking into a hotel for a week, you can eat well while you’re traveling and at your destination too.
The beautifully blended combination of nutrients that come together to create your favorite smoothie may also be the perfect pre- and probiotic boost your body needs. Prebiotics, the non-digestible fibers that promote the growth of the beneficial bacteria found in our gut, team up with probiotics, or good bacteria, to positively impact our gut microbiota. A few questions commonly come up when the topic of smoothies and gut bacteria is considered.