Nut-Free Halloween!

Posted by Justin Shaw on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

When fall begins, one of the bigger holidays of the year is right around the corner, Halloween! It's time for everyone to dress up and go door to door for trick-or-treating!

Parents can have many concerns with Halloween treats, and parents of children with allergies potentially have a life-threatening concern. Unfortunately, finding information on allergens on small treats designed for Halloween can sometimes be difficult. One of our own employees has a daughter with several food allergies. Her strategy is to find something her little one likes that doesn't pose an allergy risks and distributes that specific item to neighbors ahead of time. This means she gets the fun of going door to door, showing her custome off to neighbors, gathering treats that are safe for her, and even eating them, too!

If you want to help parents out by handing out products that are allergy friendly, the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board has a very comprehensive list of Halloween treats that are nut-free!

The Teal Pumpkin Project has gained a lot of momentum over the last few years. The Teal Pumpkin project is a movement that was started three years ago and its mission is simple; to make sure every kid can enjoy Halloween!

The project wants to make sure every kid that goes trick-or-treating can come home with something to enjoy. Offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy is what the Teal Pumpkin Project envisions. 

If you're worried about trick-or-treaters knowing whether or not your treats are allergen free, a small sign next to your treat bowl never hurt!

Parents of kids with allergies should always closely inspect theirchild's candy before enjoying, but there are several ways to help make Halloween fun for all kids - even those with allergies!

Appleways Soft Oatmeal Bars are baked in a nut-free facility and make a great treat for Halloween. These sweet, soft treats are enjoyed by the whole family, and I suspect some parents will be thankful for a lower-sugar option in their kids' Halloween haul. Be sure to order some in time for trick-or-treating!

Justin Shaw is a Marketing and Communications Associate for Darlington.

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Tags: nut-free, Halloween, trickortreating

It's National School lunch week!

Posted by Justin Shaw on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

It's the School Nutrition Associations' National School lunch week!  Every year the SNA dedicates one week to school lunch programs!  

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Tags: National School Lunch Program, SNA

Why you should add oatmeal to your breakfast.

Posted by Justin Shaw on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that's very true, it's important to remember that breakfast is important because it is fueling up your body for the rest of the day. It's no secret that there's a big difference between french toast with syrup on it, and a bowl of whole grain oats and fruit. Not only is there a big difference in the sugar content, but there's an even bigger difference in the benefits your body recieves.  

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Tags: Healthy eating, food, oatmeal

Whole grains and what they can do for you!

Posted by Justin Shaw on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

We're used to being pumped full of information about what the next health craze is going to be. It seems like everyday there's some new diet or fad that's guranteed to lead to a better, healthier you! There are the ones we're probbly all familar with, the low fat diet, the low carb diet, but there are staples that, for as long as we can remember, everyone has agreed are healthy. Vegetables like kale, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, and fruits like apples, grapes, and oranges.  

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Tags: Healthy eating, whole grain, Whole Grain Council

Outdoor Fall activity Ideas!

Posted by Justin Shaw on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 07:09 AM

Fall has officially begun, and soon to follow will be cooler weather!  Some of the things we like about summer are gone, like going to the lake or swimming in the pool, but now we can enjoy all of the fall activities we know and love!  

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Tags: fun, Fall, outdoors

Fall is here!

Posted by Justin Shaw on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 07:09 AM

It's that wonderful time of year again, Fall! Here in the Midwest, the leaves make their change, the weather cools down, and we switch from t-shirts to sweaters, and of course all of our favorite fall themed food and drink items come about.  

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Tags: fun, food, Fall, season

Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Andrew Desautels on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 08:09 AM


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Is this good for me?

Posted by Justin Shaw on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 07:08 AM

There seems to always be some type of debate going on about what food is good for our bodies and what isn't. Opinions and research vary on some food items, and on others people and nutritionists agree unanimously. Then of course there are the items where nutritionists and the average American are at opposite ends of the spectrum.  

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Tags: Healthy, food

Healthy and high tech.

Posted by Justin Shaw on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 07:08 AM

A healthier lifestyle is a focus for many people, but the plethora of information out there can be confusing and conflicted. 

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Tags: health, weight loss

Help convenience store shoppers work with that sweet tooth!

Posted by Justin Shaw on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 07:08 AM

Almost everyone has been on a long road trip with lots of pit stops. When we make those pit stops, we like to go into the convenient store and stock up on snacks and drinks for the road. We all have our favorites, but what do people crave the most in these stores?

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Tags: snacks, convenience store, habits