At The End of the Rainbow...

It's not just the green in our sauteed kale or string beans you've been noticing lately, it's your neighbors and friends beginning their St. Patrick's Day celebrations! We can't think of any better excuse to add extra green veggies to our meals than to celebrate such a fun and festive holiday, but we can think of a great family-friendly activity you can do with your kids.  Our favorite holiday tradition is creating the amazingly delicious, nutritious, and beautiful fruit rainbow! 
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Veggie of the Month: Carrots

Carrots are the quintessential, simple vegetable for kids on-the-go while apples are the classic, go-to fruit. Imagine combining the two together in one salad and you have a crowd favorite! When the sweet-sour flavors of the apple are paired with the sweet-heartiness of the carrots it makes for the perfect light and refreshing  dish: Carrot Apple Salad. The carrots play the leading role in the color profile of the salad and are what gives the recipe the added crunch and nutritious elements that are hard to beat!

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Go for the Gold with an Olympic Lineup

With the Olympic Torch put to rest and athletes around the world celebrating their hard-earned victories, we are looking forward to getting some rest after staying up to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics live in PyeongChang!

Embrace the spirit of the Olympics with your children this weekend and celebrate the best that the world has to offer with embarking on a culinary tour of international recipes! 

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New Menu Additions for Spring!

Whether it's joining the Meatless Monday movement or choosing to go vegetarian any other day of the week, our team at Red Rabbit knows that eating more plant-based meals is a nutritious and delicious way to try new things. This season, we're bringing some exciting favorites to the table. Let us know what you think!
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Eat Like American Royalty With These Presidential Favorites

This Monday is a time for celebration - not only because many kids and parents have the day off, but also because it is a chance to remember some of America’s great leaders. President’s Day was originally established in 1885 to celebrate the birthday of our first president, George Washington but has since expanded to include all of our presidents. From introducing waffles to the National School Lunch Act in 1946, we know that presidents are connected to food! 

Cue the confetti and check out some interesting facts as we celebrate with a menu of presidential plates!

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3 Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day

Cupid’s arrow has struck again and it’s bringing with it a rush of sugar everywhere we look. The candy aisles are overflowing but what do you send along with your child if you don’t want to pass out more candy to their friends and classmates? We’ve got you covered with three Valentine’s Day messages that include nature’s candy - fresh fruit!

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Veggie of the Month: Sweet Potato

The Sweet Potato, a naturally sweet treat!

Si mply prepared—mashed, baked, folded into waffles, or made into gluten-free baked fries—sweet potatoes are a nourishing addition to any meal.   Sweet potato flesh a nd skins can come in different colors—white, yellow, orange, red, and purple. 

Is it a Yam or a Sweet Potato?

You may have heard there’s a difference between sweet potatoes and yams. This is true. The difference is sweet potatoes are a root vegetable, whereas yams are tubers—a thickened part of the stem. 
In some parts of our country, "yam" is a slang word for the sweet potato! This pref erence may have stemmed from a shift when Southern farmers wanted to distinguish between their sweet potatoes and the more well-known varieties of the day. The word Yam actually  became trademarked in associated with Southern sweet potato varieties that were ora nge, soft and sweet. 
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What's Cooking in the Red Rabbit Education Labs This Year!

Have you met Jennie Plewka, our incredible resident Food Educator? She's been having a blast this school year, visiting partners and hosing workshops all over New York.  We sat down with her to learn the latest in Nutrition Education!

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Beat the Winter Blues

Have you or your kids been feeling a bit grouchy recently? This time of the year is famous for the flu season, but also for the “blue” season. The shortest day of the year (December 21st) has only just past, so it will take our bodies some time to adjust for the missing sunlight. No need to worry, though! We have you covered with some ways to cheer up during these darker days.

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Veggie of the Month: Edamame

What is Edamame?
Edamame means “beans on a branch” in Japanese. They are green soybeans that are a popular protein packed snack commonly eaten  in Japan.  They have a nutty, sweet flavor and slightly crunchy texture that kids crave.  The most fun way to eat edamame is straight from the pod. You can suck the beans out like a vampire. Or you can squeeze the pods to pop the beans into your mouth. Either way, they're the ultimate finger food. 
What is Soy?

Edamame is made from soybeans. Basically it's boiled "baby" soybeans, picked while still tender and cooked just before they peak.

Soy nuts are created by soaking soybeans in water, then baking them until they have a nutty, crunchy consistency. and begin to turn hard.

Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the remaining curd into white blocks that can be firm or creamy.

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning ingredients made from fermented soy beans, salt and Koji, made from the fungus Aspergillus oryzae) Miso is a thick paste used for flavoring sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with soup stock called Miso Soup.

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5 Ways to Kick Off the New Year

The New Year and winter holidays bring a time for reflection and relaxation, filled with presents, delicious food and New Years resolutions. While developing healthy eating habits are important regardless of the time of year, we at Red Rabbit are excited to seize the opportunity to start the year off on a healthy foot! 

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Healthy Holiday Cookies

December is the season for celebrating with food, family and community! With the upcoming work, school and familiy holiday parties, it's likely that you will be enjoying some sweet treats or making some yourself. Learn more about the tradition of holiday cookies and some healthy alternatives! 

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Veggie of the Month: Beets

Eat your beets! 

With their jewel red tones and earthy flavor, beets are one of the most dazzling colored root vegetables. Beautiful and nutritious, with a natural sweet taste, beets are a wonderful complement to a child's well-rounded menu. Plus, when mixed into foods, beets can turn any dish into a brilliant pink color that's fun to eat.

Check out these creative ways to sneak beets into your family's menu. 

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Substitute Meals

In the US, 5.9 million children under the age of 18 have some sort of food allergy.  That’s 1 in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention reports that the prevalence of food allergies in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. As these numbers climb, there are steps we call can take to ensure our students stay safe. Read on to see the steps and protocols that Red Rabbit follows to ensure your students are safe and how you can continue to protect your students.

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Gratitude: Noticing the Good Things in Your Life

This time of year, we like to take the time to say thanks. Practicing gratitude can enhance your overall happiness and well-being while also keeping you present in the day. It's easy to start to notice and identify the things you are grateful for in your everyday life. Tune in to the small details of your life and notice the good things (a wonderful loved one, a delicious meal, etc) that you might sometimes take for granted.

Here are a few tips to sharing gratitude at any age

Start a Gratitude Journal 

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November has come around which means fall is finally here, along with one of our favorite fall foods - apples! People have been enjoying apples for over 4,000 years for their health benefits and delicious taste.  Read More

Fall favorites coming soon!

With Daylight Savings nearly a week away, we’re starting to notice the seasons changing - the crisp air (and apples) are leaving us craving hearty & warming meals. The Red Rabbit kitchen is embracing this transition with some of our most prized fall foods. Read More

Veggie of the Month: Butternut Squash

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Candy Alternatives

October has arrived, and with it so has the flood of Halloween sweets and treats. We were spooked to learn that American consumed 5.5 million pounds of candy in 2016. It's estimated that $2.7 billion will be spent on Halloween candy this year, so make sure you're putting your money to good use with some of our whole food alternatives below. 

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Low Cost October Activities for the Whole Family

Fall's just begun - and there are tons of free and low cost activities happening throughout NYC perfect for children! Take advantage of the crisp air, get outside, and learn something new!

We've picked out our favorite events for the next few weekends - here are our top picks for each borough:

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