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Kids in the Kitchen: Picnics

By Anna Medica, July 16, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Anna Medica

The “Kids in the Kitchen” blog series, brought to you by Whole Kids Foundation®, includes tips and tricks to encourage kids’ participation in all kitchen activities—especially in meal planning, prepping, serving and eating. Give kids good choices, and they’ll make great choices!

As weather warms, inspire your kids to lead the way in preparing nutritious foods for a picnic at your family’s favorite outdoor space.

Find Your Spot in the Sun

Give children options on where they’d like to picnic.

  • Whether it’s your own backyard or a local park, any outdoor space provides opportunity to spend quality time relaxing with your kiddo. Consider a school or...
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Get to Know Freekeh

By Megan Myers, July 15, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

It seems like every day we’re hearing about a new — but actually old — grain. We’re all for rediscovery, so let’s learn about freekeh!

What is Freekeh?

Freekeh (pronounced free-kah) is a roasted green wheat that is harvested while the seeds are still soft. It is stacked, dried, and then the chaff is burned away. Because the seeds are soft and moist, they are roasted and not burned. Once roasted, it is dried in the sun and the seeds are rubbed for uniform flavor. This rubbing process is where the original Arabic name comes from: farik means “rubbed.”

Freekeh is eaten mainly in the Mediterranean, North Africa and Middle East. As interest in ancient grains has grown in the United States, so...

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Check Out Our 10 Most Popular Summer Recipes

By Megan Myers, July 13, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Our top summer recipes have been tried, tested and declared delicious—by you! They’re beloved for their simplicity and fresh flavors, as well as their status as summer staples! From classic dishes for your backyard barbecue to perfect dessert and drink recipes for chilling out, these recipes should be on your must-make list.

1. Banana Nice Cream
Smooth, creamy perfection is ready in seconds. Go ahead — you’ve earned this sweet dessert.


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9 Refreshing Summer Drinks You Need To Try Right Now

By Kate Rowe, July 12, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Rowe

The summer heat is now upon us, but you can stay cool with refreshing, family-friendly drinks right now. We’re all about using unexpected ingredients, making juice in the blender, and finding shortcuts to delicious summer sippers.

Melon Seed Agua Fresca

Starring Unexpected Ingredients

Make the most of your summertime fruit! Next time you cut a cantaloupe in half, scoop out those seeds to make melon seed agua fresca. This melon-hued and scented drink is perfectly refreshing, slightly creamy, and so much fun to make, sip and share.

Also in the category of “next time…”, next time you’re slicing into...

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Wicked Healthy: Plant-based BBQ Takeover!

By Derek Sarno, July 11, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Derek Sarno

Derek Sarno is the co-founder of Wicked Healthy and former Global Executive Chef for Whole Foods Market. Derek’s team was responsible for launching and developing the company’s Healthy Eating initiative. His experience in extensive recipe development and plant-based innovation was integrated with supplier partnerships, ultimately focusing on healthier, plant-centric sustainable foods and methods.  

My brother Chad and I love to BBQ!  The principles behind it, the grill, the fire, the smoke and the pit mastership of it all. I thought to myself, ‘Self, How do we inject more plants into this meat-heavy backyard scenario?'  Some of these recipes we’re showing off are what I came up with — hands-on, finger-licking, flame-ready recipes that bring family and friends together. Now we have the ...

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