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The Healthiest Snacks To Pack In Your Kids’ Lunches July 29 2014

It’s time to start prepping your family for their back-to-school routine! While you’re out buying new school supplies, you should also be focused on your kids’ nutritional needs. Sending your kids off to school with healthy snacks is important because this is going to help them grow into healthy young adults. Here are some of the best snacks to pack:

 

Fruit

Pack various fruits in their lunches. Fruits contain fundamental vitamins and minerals that are essential for your kids’ health. Fruits are also sweet and can help minimize their sweet tooth cravings throughout the day.

 

Veggies

Like fruit, veggies also contain important vitamins and minerals. If your kids aren’t fans of veggies, try packing something to dip them in, like peanut butter or a light dipping sauce.

 

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is full of protein. This will keep your children energized and full throughout the rest of the school day. Some stores actually offer kid-sized Greek yogurt containers, in case the full-serving size is too filling for your little ones

 

Whole Wheat Crackers

Whole wheat crackers are a great alternative to potato chips. They’re crunchy, filling, and hold some nutritional value. Some brands are high in sodium, so be sure to read the labels.

 

Granola

Don’t forget to pack granola! Bing's 'Nola is a filling snack that is packed with Omega 3's, healthy mono-unsaturated fats and it’s made with all-natural ingredients. It’s salty, sweet, and kid-approved! You can stock up on granola here.

Get your kids’ school year started out on the right foot! They’ll not only have the hottest new school gear, but they’ll show up with healthy lunches that will keep them energized and alert throughout the day. Focused kids equal better school grades!


5 Outdoor Activities To Try In Atlanta This Summer June 21 2014

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Summer is officially here! It’s time to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Keep your kids from camping out in front of the TV all season, and try one of these thrilling family-friendly activities. 

1. Plan a Day at Piedmont Park

There’s so much to do at Piedmont Park! Create an agenda around everyone’s interests. Plan a picnic, watch the kids play on the playground, go for a bike ride or go swimming. Remember to pack plenty of water to keep everyone hydrated during the hotter days, and bring plenty of portable snacks, like granola!

As a matter of fact, there's constantly something going at Piedmont Park. Check the calendar of events online for festivals taking place throughout the summer. Some upcoming ones include the Atlanta Street Food Festival and the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival.

2. Catch a Baseball Game

When was the last time you brought the family to a game at Turner Field? Start your adventure by tailgating in the parking lot before the game. Have brunch prepared at your tailgate to save on buying food inside the park. There are plenty of games your family can play in the parking lot before you walk over to Turner Field. If you have Sunday tickets, your kids can even run the home bases after the game!

If someone in your family has a peanut allergy, you may want to make other plans. Turner Field has an abundance of peanuts in the stadium, but there are select games throughout the year that have peanut-free sections in the venue.

3. Splash Through the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park

Is the public pool too crowded? Take your family over to the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Park. Let you kids run through the interactive fountains as you relax and enjoy the Atlanta cityscape. Just don’t forget towels and extra clothes for the car ride home!

4. Ride the Skyview Ferris Wheel

If you want to view the city from a different perspective, take a ride on the Skyview Ferris Wheel. The lines for the Ferris wheel vary from day-to-day, but it is worth it because you can get the ultimate view of the city. It’s open until 10pm, so you and your family can even see the city all lit up under the summer sky.

5. See Animals From Around the World at Zoo Atlanta

Let your kids’ imaginations run wild as you take a trip to Zoo Atlanta. There are so many different species of animals, and there’s even a petting zoo. As a matter of fact, Zoo Atlanta hosts special programs throughout the summer. On certain days, your family can see what happens at the zoo when the sun goes down!

 

 


Helping Your Children Live Safely With Food Allergies May 30 2014

While Bing’s ‘Nola is a very fun brand, food allergies are a very serious topic. Severe food allergies can cause anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction.  If you have a child that suffers from food allergies, it may be hard for them to understand the severity of their allergy without getting scared. Yes, it can be scary, but you can help ease that fear by educating your family on how to live safely with a food allergy.

Spread awareness

Having a food allergy isn’t something to be embarrassed about, and it’s important your kid understands it’s completely normal. They shouldn’t keep it a secret, and should make an effort to spread awareness about it. You can help by spreading the word to their teachers and peers. This will allow everyone to be prepared in the event your child is exposed to something they are allergic to. It can even help prevent your child being put on the spot about  potential food offerings in the future.

It’s OK to say ‘NO’

While you may have told some of your kid’s peers and teachers, there may come a time when they are still offered something they are not allowed to eat. While accepting the snack may seem like the polite thing to do, your child needs to prioritize their health. Teach them polite ways of saying ‘no, thank you’ for when they are offered food they know they cannot eat (or are unsure of).

Help them find alternatives

Food allergies may prevent your child from eating the foods they love. It can be hard to cut out these foods, but you can help them find new foods they enjoy. One way you can help is by creating an alternative to their favorite food item. That is how Bing’s ‘Nola was created after all! Utilize the internet to experiment with different allergy-free recipes, and maybe you will create a yummy recipe all of your friends and family love too!