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8 Parent-Approved Halloween Ideas

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Remember how much fun you had as a child, trick-or-treating each Halloween? Perhaps now you’re the parent taking your child out for their first trip and wondering what to expect. While keeping their diet balanced on a sweet holiday can be a challenge, here’s 8 parent-approved ideas to make the most of this year’s festivities:

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Clementine Pumpkins: clementines + green pepper
These pumpkins are a great way to get kids excited about the fruit and vegetables in their lunch. Peel clementines and wash and cut green pepper into 2-inch-long sticks. Place one pepper stick into the center of each clementine and stow finished pumpkin in a lunchbox for a little lunchtime surprise.

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Apple Mouths: apple + peanut butter + sliced almonds
Apple mouths are not only frighteningly real-looking, but also shockingly tasty! Serve these as an afterschool snack and you’ll have kids shrieking with delight. Wash and cut one apple into ½-inch slices. Slather 1-2 teaspoons of peanut butter on one side of each apple slice and sandwich two slices together to form a mouth. For the teeth, cut sliced almonds in half and carefully press each “tooth” into the peanut butter-filled mouth.

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Veggie Eyeballs: zucchini + pasta sauce + shredded cheese + olive slices
These vegetable-packed pizzas make the perfect snack for your kid’s Halloween party. Wash and slice zucchini into ½-inch pieces. Top each zucchini slice with a spoonful of pasta sauce, shredded cheese, and one olive slice. Microwave for 15-20 seconds, or until cheese begins to melt.

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Banana Ghosts: banana + mini chocolate chips + dried cranberries
Banana ghosts are so simple to make that kids will love creating their own. Peel and cut a small banana in half. Push the pointed end of two mini chocolate chips into each banana half to make the eyes, and press one piece of dried cranberry below to create a mouth. Serve as a hauntingly fun after-dinner treat.

Trick-or-Treat Tips:
Trick-or-treating is, of course, the highlight of a kid’s Halloween. Here are four simple tips for a smart trick-or-treating experience this year:

Eat Before. Have kids eat a nutritious dinner before they go out trick-or-treating. With full stomachs, kids will be less likely to snack on their treats as they travel from house to house.

Down-Size the Bucket: Choosing a smaller trick-or-treat bucket will control the amount your kids can collect. Always opt for a reasonably-portioned bucket, rather than a hold-all pillowcase.

Walk it Off: Leave the car at home and choose to walk to your trick-or-treating destinations. Walking not only provides exercise, it’s a great way to get to know your neighbors.

Offer Non-Treats: Halloween treats don’t have to be food-items. Choose an assortment of prize items to hand out. Pencils, crayons, stickers, bouncy balls, and temporary tattoos are all fun options for kids.

Bring along Honest Kids Pouches: All that walking (and snacking) is bound to make the whole family thirsty! Bring along a carton of your favorite Honest Kids to share with friends and neighbors!

What are some of your parent-approved Halloween tips?

Simple Tips to Eliminate Waste

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farmers_peppers‘Tis the season of delicious produce. This time of year, grocery stores and farmers markets are filled with mountains of fresh fruit and piles of vibrant vegetables. In the midst of such abundance it’s hard to resist buying it all. But without proper care, your everyday purchases can easily turn to waste. According to the USDA, an estimated 30-40%* of food produced in this country ends up in the trash. That is an incredible amount of money and natural resources that literally end up at the dump.

At Honest Tea, we do our best to reduce waste, whether it is with our ingredients or our packaging. Fun fact: after our tea leaves are brewed, they are sent to local farms to be utilized for compost. We want to help you do the same at home. Here are a few tips on how you can savor taste and eliminate waste this season and all year round.

BEFORE COOKING:

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Plan It: Although impulse buys can be fun, these are the purchases that most frequently end up in the trash. Before shopping, plan out the meals you want to prepare and make a list of the exact ingredients needed. As you’re shopping, stick to the list so that you buy only the ingredients you will use.

DURING COOKING:

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Maximize It: You may not be aware of exactly how much of a food you can use. For example, celery leaves can be used as a garnish for soups and salads, beet tops can become sautéed greens for a side dish, and meat bones can be boiled to add flavor to soup stock. Use each ingredient to its full flavor potential!

Grow It: Even kitchen scraps that seem to have no function have great potential. After using the tops, the roots of celery and romaine lettuce can be placed in a glass of water, potted, and regrown. Garlic cloves, ginger root, and even aging potatoes need only to be placed in some soil and will form new shoots in no time at all. Just one ingredient can create a garden’s worth of produce.

Compost It: For those last bits of food that can’t be eaten or grown, compost is the way to go. Compost is decayed organic material that is used as a fertilizer to harvest new plant life. You can compost everything from vegetable peels and coffee grounds to egg shells and paper towels! Check out more about the basics and benefits of composting here.

AFTER COOKING:

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Freeze It: If you find yourself with extra ingredients even after the meal is complete, freezing is your new best friend. Vegetables that have been partially cooked and then frozen make great additions to soups. Wash and freeze ripening fruits and berries for smoothies and baked goods. Even leftover entrees can be placed in the freezer and reheated for a later meal.

Repurpose It: Don’t leave your leftovers to rot! Use the grilled chicken from last night’s dinner as a base for a taco salad, make sandwiches with remaining roasted turkey, or transform leftover rice into a sweet breakfast meal with fresh fruit, nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Donate It: Finally, for those foods that you simply cannot find any use for, consider donation. Although each facility’s guidelines may vary, many food banks will accept fresh produce, non-refrigerated items, and commercially packaged foods. Not only are you reducing waste, but you also feeding those in need! Find a food bank near you.

What are some practices you follow to reduce your food waste?

*Source: United States Department of Agriculture

Favorite Back to School Lunches

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IMG_6724We’re all abuzz about the start of school! It’s time to choose the perfect binder, sharpen those pencils, shop for the back-to-school clothes, and crack open the books. And yes, it’s also time to think about what is going to go into the lunchbox.

Packing a lunchbox is no easy task—right? It’s a challenge to come up with new and exciting meals day after day that both you and your kids will like. To make the school transition much easier (and tastier), we’re sharing a few of our own back to school lunch ideas:

1. Allergy-Friendly: No nuts, no dairy? We’ve got you covered. Kids can make their own customized entrée without worry—especially if you’re accounting for nut, gluten or dairy sensitivities.
IMG_6756Grilled Chicken & Veggie Brown Rice Bowl + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Appley Ever After

2. Full-Day Fueler: Got active little ones? A hearty lunch like this with plenty of protein and fresh fruit is a great way to fuel the day!
IMG_6678Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich + Trail Mix + Strawberries + Graham Crackers + Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness

3. Vegan-licious: No soy, eggs, or meat? No problem! This lunch is a colorful and tasty option for all vegan eaters.
IMG_6656Cinnamon & Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich + Veggies + Hummus + Apple Slices + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch

4. Pizza Lover’s: Everyone loves pizza! Kids will love making their own culinary creations, and you will love how they can pile on the veggies.
IMG_6586Pizza Fixings (Sandwich Flats + Pasta Sauce + Veggies + Cheese) + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness

For more fabulous ideas, we recommend Rock the Lunchbox, an online resource filled with lunchtime suggestions for every type of diet and picky eater!

What are some of your favorite lunchbox ideas?

The Best Summer Activi-Teas

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After what seemed like an endless winter, we cannot get enough of this summer sun! From mountains to ocean and golf course to tennis court, there are a million and one ways to enjoy the beautiful weather. But even in the midst of all the fun, it’s important to keep cool and hydrated—because dehydration is a damper on the sunny spirit.

To make the most of your summer time, we recommend the following activi-teas, which are sure to keep you happy and hydrated this season.

Hiking: As altitude increases, air temperature drops. Taking a day hike in the mountains is a great way to cool off naturally. To make the most of the refreshing atmosphere, aim to start your hike in the early morning. Temperatures typically peak after 12:00 pm, so a good rule of thumb is to begin the trail by at least 8:00 am.

Tea Pairing: Peach White Tea is a great hiking companion. Its slender, lightweight packaging means that it won’t add much bulk to your pack. And that real peach taste will add just a touch of extra sweetness to your alpine adventure.

Beach Trip: What’s more summery than a trip to the beach? Perhaps you choose to relax in the sand with book in hand, or maybe you prefer to be in the salty sea. Either way, this is the place of ultimate sun worship for land dwellers and water lovers alike.

Tea Pairing: Hot sands requiring a cooling aid—Honest Ade, to be exact. Try the tropical mix of Orange Mango Honest Ade to get you in the beachy mood. Additional compliments include a towel, sunglasses, and your best friends.

Family Picnic: You don’t have to travel far to enjoy summer to its fullest. A picnic is a fun and local outdoor activity for people of all ages. Whether eating, playing games, or just conversing, you’ll be to appreciate great company and the great outdoors all at once.

Tea Pairing: Honest Kids Berry Berry Lemonade is an excellent option for the entire family. For an icy treat, place the Honest Kids pouches in the freezer, and in a few hours you will have portable picnic popsicles!

Outdoor Movie: More of a night owl? During the summer months, many cities offer outdoor movies, which is a fun way to get outside after the heat has subsided. Check your local area to see what options are available for date nights and family features alike.

Tea Pairing: Nothing pairs better with a movie than a classic Root Beer Fizz. Be sure to bring a blanket, some movie munchies, and a Fizz-packed cooler to maximize your film-viewing experience!

Which HONEST Brew is Made for You?

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Are you best described as having excellent taste, flowing with energy? Or are you calm and collected, with a subtle side of spiciness?

Standing in the beverage aisle at your local grocery store can be a dilemma of decisions—with so many different varieties of our teas, HONEST Fizz and Kids varieties, how do you know which HONEST Brew is made for you? We’re on a mission to help you find the perfect HONEST beverage.  

Through the month of March, check our Facebook page daily as we reveal the inner personality behind each of our HONEST beverages so you can find your perfect palatable partner.  Once your favorite is found, make sure to leave a comment and let us know which beverage floats your proverbial boat. Your delicious destiny awaits!

Here’s our top 3 staff picks to whet your appetite:

Are you calm and collected, with a subtle side of spice? 

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..or are you more of a bubbly sort? 

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…or perhaps you’re still a kid at heart? 

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We hope you’ll visit our Facebook page often in March to find which HONEST Brew is made for You! 

Join the #honestcompliment Movement

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Honest Compliments

Compliments are powerful—they motivate us and make us smile, and reinforce what is good in the world. Over the past year, we’ve been giving out compliments at events from the Atlantic to the Pacific, encouraging people to pay it forward by sharing a simple, encouraging word with someone they appreciate.

Did you know January 24th was National Compliment Day? It’s one of those days in the year that doesn’t particularly get much attention, but it does present an opportunity to make the world a better place. In the spirit of the occasion, we took a step and sent out hundreds of honest compliments via Twitter to fans, celebrities, bloggers, game show hosts, you name it.  The results were astounding, over 3,600 people shared an honest compliment, and the hashtag #honestcompliment was the 5th most popular trending topic on Twitter! Research says 68% of Americans would be more inclined to give a compliment if they received one first.  So what are you waiting for?

National Compliment Day may be over, but the movement lives on.  Share an #honestcompliment on Twitter with someone you appreciate today, and pay it forward. That simple. You never know how far it will go, and feel good about yourself, knowing you could make someone’s day.

Diamond Dallas Does Yoga?

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Ever dreamed of learning yoga from a pro-wrestler? Your day has come. From karate-chopping his opponents in the wrestling ring to deep breaths in tree pose, Diamond Dallas has revolutionized his approach to wellness through his new yoga program. Check out his 6 minute office yoga routine created for our annual company meeting, great for clearing away those afternoon cobwebs…body slams optional.