Water: To Bottle or Not to Bottle?

Water: To Bottle or Not to Bottle?

We're in the heat of summer, and hopefully we're all drinking plenty of water...but do you drink a lot of bottled water? Well, you aren't alone. Americans drink billions of gallons of the stuff every year - 8 billion in 2009 alone! We choose to drink bottled water for many reasons: convenience, health, safety, taste and what-have-you – and why not? It's a great alternative to sweetened beverages like soda and iced tea, both drinks that contribute greatly to growing public health issues as well as our growing waistlines. But is bottled water better than tap? Is BPA in plastic bottles truly harmful to our health? How much water do we even need to drink?? These answers and more you'll find in this week's action packed Red Rabbit blog!

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Why is Environmental Education Important?

Why is Environmental Education Important?

Throughout the year, Red Rabbit offers education programs for our meal partners as well as non meal partner schools. This summer, Red Rabbit is taking action to encourage our friends and partners to help educate youth on the environment. Exposing our children to the beauty and joy of nature can be a daunting task, but here are ideas to incorporate environmental education into your classroom's curriculum, as well as some easy and fun ways to do it. Tight budget? There are also some funding opportunities to help ease the cost!

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The Best Midsummer Staple You Might Be Missing

The Best Midsummer Staple You Might Be Missing

Hi, everyone!
This week, the Red Rabbit Team wanted to feature the best midsummer staple you might be missing!  Beautiful, decorative -- and most importantly, garlicky! -- these curly greens pack a lot of flavor into a pretty swirl.

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Getting Our Leafy Greens Isn't So...Chard!

Getting Our Leafy Greens Isn't So...Chard!

Eating our veggies, especially leafy greens,  is a no-brainer when it comes to a healthy diet. While kale and spinach tend to get all the fun lately, let's not forget there are other options out there!  Chard  is one of those options, and is a great way to change up our summer cooking!

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When It Comes to Summer Refreshments, Soda Falls Flat

When It Comes to Summer Refreshments, Soda Falls Flat

Pop. Soda. Coke. Soda-pop. Whether from the Midwest, the Northeast, the South, or a combination, at some point or another our tastebuds have been taken by this sweet drink, particularly during these hot, humid summer months. Yet through the years, soda consumption has become a popular suspect in what is behind the increasing rates of obesity in adults and children alike.

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Red Rabbit, Starring Jennie Plewka, Education Instructor!

Red Rabbit, Starring Jennie Plewka, Education Instructor!

This week we are proud to feature a member of  the Red Rabbit family, our very own Jennie Plewka! Jennie is part of our talented  education  team  here at Red Rabbit.  We sat down with Jennie  to find out a little bit more about what she does at Red Rabbit!

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Let Freedom - And Our Health - Ring!

Let Freedom - And Our Health - Ring!

A Very Patriotic Hello, Red Rabbit Friends and Family!

July  4th  is a time for celebrating with family, friends  and loved ones around an abundance  of  delicious home-cooked foods. While we indeed live in a sweet land  of  liberty, sometimes the American plethora  of  food choices makes it too easy for an Independence Day barbeque to be dominated by fried snacks, meat and indulgent desserts. The good news is that we don’t need to compromise flavor, or our most-loved patriotic recipes, to make a  July  4th  barbeque a little healthier this year!

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The Incredible Edible Egg Alternative

The Incredible Edible Egg Alternative

This harmless-looking little guy has worn many hats over the years. It started as humble staple of baking and hearty breakfasts for decades - until we hit the fat-free craze of the 80’s, when it was vilified by the fad diet of the day. It came back into favor recently as an efficient protein source rich in nutrients, and now that it is touted as a smart addition to a well-balanced diet, conscientious consumers across the country have brought it back into high demand.


Enter the Avian Flu. The largest one ever in the United States.

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Red Rabbit Spotlight: NYCCD!

Red Rabbit Spotlight: NYCCD!

This week the spotlight is on New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD), one of Red Rabbit’s veg-tastic school partners!


During this spring semester, Red Rabbit and NYCCD joined forces to bring an extra dose of food and garden education to the school’s UPK classroom. Red Rabbit visited Ms. Lizzy’s and Ms. Patricia’s classroom each month to speak about certain foods featured that day on the Red Rabbit lunch menu.

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Beyond the Veggie Kebab: Grilling with Veggie Burgers

Beyond the Veggie Kebab: Grilling with Veggie Burgers

Cooking out on the grill is an American summer past time, and as we approach sunnier days and warmer temperatures, grilling becomes part of the diet. Part of the reason for its popularity is surely due to the large amounts of meat consumed! For those of us who are following a plant-based diet or are simply minimizing their intake of animal proteins, how can we feel included in the cooking out without feeling singled out by munching on veggie kabobs?

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Day in the Life of Red Rabbit: Meet Chef Marisa!

Day in the Life of Red Rabbit: Meet Chef Marisa!

This week we are proud to feature our Red Rabbit family, our very own Chef Marisa Wiker! Chef Marisa is one of our many talented cooks here at Red Rabbit. We sat down with Chef Marisa to find out a little bit more about how she became a chef, what she loves to cook, and her mother’s rule of thumb at meal time.

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Why Gluten-Free?

Why Gluten-Free?

Over the last several years, there has been an invasion in grocery store aisles across America. You may have heard it on the news, or read about it in your daily magazine or newspaper. You’ve probably noticed it on bookshelves, too, at your local bookstore: “gluten-free” is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the “fat-free” stamps of the 1990’s.The rise in popularity of a gluten-free diet has millions of people across the country jumping for joy – and not because it is a weight-loss-miracle cure by any means.

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Pseudograins on the Brain

Pseudograins on the Brain

What is a pseudograin?

First, let’s identify what classifies a plant as a grain: a grain is a member of the grass family, which produces a dry, edible fruit, commonly called a kernel, grain or berry. Pseudograins, or pseudocereals, are non-grasses that are used in the same manner as grains. Amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat are all considered pseudo grains.

Whole grains are, arguably, the basis of a healthy diet. Both groups provide us with carbohydrates and can also serve as a source of vitamins and minerals! While pseudograins have been popping up in grocery stores all across the country these last few years, some of us still may not grasp the unique properties of each - so let’s take a look!

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Protein!

Protein!

Off of the heels of popular diets such as Atkins, Paleo and South Beach, Americans are as enamored with the little groups of nitrogen containing building blocks as they have ever been. And why not? Protein is used for creation and structure of every cell in our bodies, protein’s enzymatic reaction allows for many essential chemical processes to occur, and protein antibodies, are one defense (usually), which keep us free from illness, among other things. Even the word itself derives from the Greek word protos, meaning first, or of primary importance. In a recent International Food Information Council (IFIC) survey, 48% of respondents stated that they are currently trying to eat more protein. Reasons given vary from perceived increased satiety, to beliefs that it will aid in weight loss. There is no doubt that eating enough protein is paramount to good health. But what is enough protein? What do you hear people saying about protein?

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So Your Child Wants to be a Vegetarian!

So Your Child Wants to be a Vegetarian!

What happens when  your  child  says, "I want  to  be  a  vegetarian!"?

First, don't worry!  Your child isn't alone.  Interest in vegetarianism, or in eating less meat in general, is on the rise in the US, fueled by positive health studies, animal rights, environmental concerns, and even popular culture.  However, your child may show interest in cutting out meat for less complicated reasons, with taste, texture or a love of animals as distinct possibilities.  Whatever the reason, you may have concerns that your child could miss out on vital nutrients by omitting meat from the menu.  The good news is that with some education and training, your child can easily meet or exceed recommended nutrient allowances.

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