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Environmental Sustainability at Red Rabbit

With 2020 quickly approaching, every blog, news article and school initiative we've been following seems to be focused on plastic. And more specifically... that we all use too much of it. Here at Red Rabbit, we are highly aware of the amount of single use plastic and aluminum that we (and our partners) are contributing to landfills and oceans, and we are constantly working to improve on our wasteful habits.

Two years ago, we launched an exciting initiative to offer reusable table wear to all of our schools. The following year, we transitioned some of our largest partners to reusable pans, to eliminate much of the daily packaging waste that is contributing to a disposable culture.

But we know we can do more with your help. Read on to see the top five ways you can help decrease the amount of plastic in your school - and how we are excited to partner with you in 2020 to create a more sustainable future. 

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10 Facts You May Not Know About Red Rabbit!

As business with a social mission (ie: helping to grow healthy kids), we tend to talk a lot about why we love Red Rabbit! And we realized  our favorite people (you!) may want a refresher on what makes us so special. So we've compiled a list of the most exciting facts about our food, our culture and our mission all submitted by our team. So, the next time your parents and families ask why you chose Red Rabbit you'll be well equipped for the discussion!

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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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Tips for "Choosy" Eaters

 

‘No! Yuck! Gross!'

If you've been around children during meal time, you've probably heard them express these negative sentiments when presented with unfamiliar foods.

At Red Rabbit, we've been creating our made from scratch meals and serving them to kids for over 10 years, so we've come across our fair share of cautious eaters.

Luckily, we know a thing or two about encouraging children to try new foods – and enjoy them!

Read on for some useful tips to transform “choosy” eaters into adventurous ones. Or download our Choosy Eaters worksheet to share with your network.

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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 kebabs?

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Teaching Social "Totiquette"

We can all agree that saying “please” and “thank you” are basic manners that we teach to our children. In NYC, we live and share our space with over 8 million individuals, expanding our notion of social etiquette into public spaces.

Simple gestures such as walking down the street without taking up the entire sidewalk, using an “asking” voice instead of a demanding voice, and - lest we forget! - restaurant manners, are all ways to practice good social graces without overextending our busy selves! Creating positive behavior, by setting positive examples and clear expectations, acknowledges that our children are humans, too. This ultimately encourages children to be more confident and accepting of others

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Cuckoo for Coconut Oil?

Burning Question:

Where does coconut oil fit in the big Fat Revolution?

Ayurvedic medicine scripts, penned thousands of years ago, have described the health benefits of coconut oil. The coconut tree is commonly referred to as coconut palm tree by Filipinos, and is predominantly cultivated in India, the Philippines, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian regions. Its large plant – based fat content made it an excellent energy source for use in folk medicine leading to the popular name ‘tree of life.' Coconut oil is one component of this multipurpose crop that seems to have captured some attention lately.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Keeping Good Nutrition GOOD

The #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag made famous by schoolchildren all over social media may have been heavier on the sarcasm than the sincerity, but many of us at Red Rabbit have been in support of the higher nutritional standards for school food, and our meals have managed to stay tasty even while adhering to the higher standards - so it IS possible!

With 23% of New York City children from food-insecure households depending upon school lunches to provide them with at least one nutritious meal each day, the need for strong food standards is less politics, and more dietetics. Why, then, do our food assistance programs continue to find themselves held hostage throughout the legislative process? Shouldn’t the health of our children and the strength of our families be more important than partisan squabbles across the aisles of Congress? What is in store for school food and Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) in 2015?

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Navigating the Take-Out Menu

We all have days when we just don’t have the energy (or the time) to prepare a homemade meal for the family. Luckily, navigating takeout food options doesn't mean we have to sacrifice either our taste buds or our health. There are plenty of healthy and satisfying options from our favorite to-go spots. As a general rule, it’s best to stay away from deep fried, sauce-heavy foods from any cuisine. Sticking to vegetables, brown rice, plant-based proteins like beans and edamame, and broth-based soups ensures a healthy treat for the whole family. Remember: portion sizes tend to be large when ordering out, so share one entree between two people, or save half for lunch! Below, we've outlined some of our favorite healthy takeout options by cuisine.

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Food for Thought: Healthy Choices

One of my favorite things to do as a little girl was going out to lunch with my dad and three sisters every Saturday. Because we were a large family operating on a country lawyer’s budget (Mom was our “domestic engineer”), the restaurant was usually not a fancy one (there weren’t - aren’t - any Zagat-rated places in my small Illinois hometown). In fact, most of the time our destination was McDonald’s.

Fast forward 20-something years: rates of obesity have skyrocketed, unemployment has risen and thus the ability for many folks to feed home-made meals to their families has been hampered by wages not keeping up with inflation. This has led to a growing dependence upon fast-food restaurants to feed families on shoestring budgets, and while they are able to meet that consumer need, the highly processed, high-sodium and high-sugar-laden meals have long been suspected of exacerbating the increased rates of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes not just in adults, but in our children.

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Watercress, Chard, and Fennel are All....

Arugula, collard greens, endive, escarole, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, radicchio, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, watercress, beet greens, fennel. What do all of these items have in common?

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School Days Are Here Again!

It's that time of year again, when parents are counting down the hours, kids are filled with mixed emotions, and teachers are scrambling to get the classroom ready in time for the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

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Curious Food of the Week: Starfruit!

Star fruit gets its name from the shape it naturally forms when it is cut. It is native to Southwest Asia but is now grown in Hawaii, the Caribbean, Central America, and other parts of South America and Asia. It has a sweet and sour taste with a crisp texture. Not only does this fruit taste great, it also has a host of medicinal benefits. It has been used to treat coughs in children and to help with lactation.

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6 Easy Tips to Get Up & Going in the Morning

So you're not a "morning person." At least that's what you tell people when you just can't seem to get going in the morning. As our days get shorter and darker during the winter months, it feels even harder to pull up those covers, get out of bed and feel energized about the day to come. Luckily, you can upgrade your mornings and get pumped for the day by following one simple piece of advice - eat a balanced breakfast.

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Welcome to 2012! Exciting News from Red Rabbit

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year! Hope this finds you well and ready for 2012! I am pleased to share lots of exciting changes and additions happening at Red Rabbit this year with you... we have a new look, a new website, a new blog (yes, this is my first posting!) an improved weekly newsletter we call “Notes From the Patch”, and the addition of more staff with super qualifications and a commitment to not only improving Red Rabbit’s menu and service offerings but also sharing Red Rabbit’s mission and dedication to education. We are creating new programs for educators, parents and kids—in school, after school, on Saturdays and even summer camps and field trips. In short, we have lots and lots of really exciting new things happening that we are all very grateful for.

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