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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?

Supporting Whole Kids

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WKFImagine a world where children, in search of an after-school snack, reach for sugar snap peas; where carrots are gobbled up with gusto, and peas are eaten with pleasure. While teaching your child healthy eating habits can be a challenge, it’s worth the effort.

Created by Whole Foods in 2011, the Whole Kids Foundation is a charitable organization founded on the belief that, given the right opportunities, children will become excited about eating nutritious foods. The foundation aims to increase access to these healthy opportunities through three school-based programs: Salad Bars in Schools, Garden Grants, and the Healthy Teachers Program. For the next 12 months, Honest Tea has pledged to donate a portion of its sales to the Whole Kids Foundation. This means that any time you purchase an Honest Kids drink at Whole Foods (either pouch or Family Size), a portion of that sale goes directly to support all three of the following programs:IMG_8231

Salad Bars in Schools: In order to make healthy choices, children must first have healthier options available to them. By establishing salad bars in schools, students have the option of fresh fruits and vegetables every day at lunch, all school-year long.

Garden Grants: Healthier eating stems not only from the food put on the plate but also from the knowledge about the food itself. School gardens offer kids the opportunities to learn where their food comes from and to actively participate in the growing and harvesting process. Simply understanding what a tomato is and observing its transition from seed to plant can make children all the more excited about eating the final product in a meal.

Healthy Teachers Program: Teachers are powerful role models for students both inside and outside the classroom. By providing nutrition and cooking classes to educators, the Whole Kids Foundation empowers teachers to become advocates for health and wellness.

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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?

Join the #rockthelunchbox Twitter Party 8/5

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Can you believe the back to school season is just around the corner? Summer always seems to fly by and getting the kids ready for school isn’t always a simple task.  Beyond pencil pouches and glue sticks, there’s that daily ritual of making lunches.  We know it’s a challenge to keep ideas fresh and serve better options your kids will enjoy—so we’re here to help renew your lunchbox inspiration this fall!  Join us and our friends Annie’s Homegrown, Organic Valley, Applegate and Rudi’s Organic Bakery for the #rockthelunchbox Twitter Party August 5th! We’ll be sharing lunch tips, recipes, delicious giveaways from all our brands, and we also have some questions for you! Come hungry for ideas and get ready for a fun-packed hour, spread the word!

Who: You, Honest Tea, Organic Valley, Annie’s Homegrown, Applegate, Rudi’s Organic Bakery & Amelia Winslow

What: The #rockthelunchbox Twitter Party

When: August 5th 1-2pm ET

Where: Twitter, simply follow the #rockthelunchbox hashtag

Honest Kids at Cinemark Theatres!

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Organic foods are becoming more widely available—at grocery stores, delis, and now at your favorite movie theatre!  Honest Tea and Cinemark Theatres have teamed up to offer Honest Kids Appley Ever After and Super Fruit Punch at all Cinemark Theatre concession counters nationwide.  So now there’s no need to sneak Honest Kids pouches into the movies to keep your kids refreshed (which of course you don’t do…).  When the rain is pouring down or those 90+ degree days seem like they’ll never break, head to your local Cinemark Theatre to catch the latest movie and grab an Honest Kids pouch while you’re there—it’s organic refreshment that will keep you and your family cool all summer long!

Journey to Discover Honest Ingredients

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How far will you go for honest ingredients and taste?  We’ll go a long way—specifically Mendoza, Argentina.  Dave Reichlin, our very own Quality Assurance Manager from Honest Tea HQ recently traveled from Bethesda, MD to the vineyards in Argentina to visit the farmers who grow our kosher, organic grapes.  Dave toured the vineyards to see the process from collecting the grapes from the vineyard, to smashing them into the pure liquid form that contributes to your favorite Honest Ade and Honest Kids variety.  Walking through the vineyard in the warm afternoon, the grapes seemed to welcome the sun, followed by the evening cool breezes that help keep the balanced and smooth flavor of the grapes.  Some may think we go a little overboard to assure the quality of our ingredients—this is just the tip of the iceberg!

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Organic grape farmer and Rabbi at the vineyard to ensure the quality of grapes.

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The photo above is of one of vineyard employees bringing in a fresh load of organic, kosher grapes to be crushed and served in a variety of Honest Ade and Honest Kids drinks.

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These are vineyards that grow the grapes, that go into your favorite Honest beverages. Because real just tastes better.