We love brands that encourage change. Brands whose mission is to change the way we think about food on a daily basis. Recently, we were lucky enough to meet up with an emerging brand, Back to the Roots, and share to you how two guys went from finance to fungi with the mission to change how the world experiences food.
Bolthouse Farms aims to inspire the fresh revolution with a #freshflip on junk food that highlights fruits and veggies on Instagram like you’ve never seen them before. Leading with Instagram we teamed up with a select group of foodies and artists to provide a #freshflip on junk food by reimagining them completely made out our fresh fruits and veggies.
Here at Bolthouse we love our fruits and vegetables. And yes, we share our favorite fruit and veggies on social media, but that got us thinking. What food porn images are others sharing on Instagram and Twitter? What are you posting?
If the weekends are flying by faster than a jet plane and you see the kids spending more time on their bums than on their feet then it might be time to change the weekend game plan. The first step to any game plan is to evaluate your options and believe us there are a lot of options. From fun runs to Presidential awards we have your weekend active pass to get the whole family moving.
Ever been to a school function – bake sale, birthday celebration, fundraising event - and cringed at the amount of sugar and salty treats that your kids are being served? Have you ever wondered what you could do to balance the treats with healthier and delicious options? You are not alone and now, we have a solution.
We all know that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Mornings are also one of the busiest times of the day. It can be challenging enough to get out the door nevertheless fixing the kids a healthy meal. What if there was a breakfast solution that is easy to make, requires no cooking, is mobile, has over a daily serving of fruit and best of all tastes yummy? This recipe is so good even grownups will want to eat it.
We love fruits and Veggies! We also recognize that they are not on kids top 10 list. Luckily for us there are many other fun ways to teach kids about fruits and veggies that are literally right at our fingertips. So if you have a tablet, desktop, or smartphone we have our top 3 game apps that will make fruit and veggies fun. Imagine that!
Looking for new ways to introduce veggies to your kids? Well you are in luck because we have an awesome list of storybooks that are great for kids to learn about veggies in a new way. Pair the books with a healthy snack as an afternoon activity and you will be a certified Rockstar parent. We even have a coupon you can use towards any of our Bolthouse Kids products to help you stock up on healthy snacks for your reading enjoyment.
Tis the Season for Baking! There is something about the Holidays that brings out the baker in all of us. Lucky for us we have a few tools in our back pockets to jazz up the traditional loaf bread into something spectacular like Holiday Nog Bread. It's perfect to share around the office.
According to the Calorie Control Council the average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. There is there is an easier way of cooking your favorite dishes by swapping out key ingredients to lower the calories of what we consume. If you are up to the challenge we have year long solutions to cut calories and fat.
Admit it. We are all guilty of doing it. The act of buying fresh fruit and vegetables to only have them sit and spoil at home. Have you been looking for a solution to fix this problem? If you are raising your hand we admit we are too. Luckily there are innovators working on solutions to fix the problem of food spoilage. This week on things we love we are sharing with you FreshPaper.
Us kids at heart love Halloween. From dressing up as superhero’s to decorating our front porch for all the trick-or-treaters. Of course the reality is the day after Halloween we have a porch of pumpkins that are no longer needed. But wait! Don’t throw out those pumpkins yet! Whether for eating for decorating we have your craft list ready to roll for upcycling this voluptuous orange squash.
Not everyone is so lucky to live on a farm. However city living is getting some fresh inspiration. Earlier this year in Montpellier, France a team of architects designed a housing development that looks more like a piece of art than the average apartment complex. The complex brings the concept of outdoor living to the next level.
Did you see it? Did you notice? Did you put in on your calendar? We are referring to the wonderful season of FALL. The season has officially started. There is so much to look forward to… all the fall flavors, the changing colors of the trees and our favorite the dinnertime squash! Novice at cooking then learn our tips to make you a Squash Master!
One of the best things about summer is all the fresh fruit available. Everywhere you turn there is beautiful ripe fruit available. If your love of fruit has run amuck and you find you have more goodness than you know what to do with - don’t worry if it starts to turn. We have some solutions for all that awesome supply that has crossed over into overripe stage to use for a later day.
Does your city encourage walking? Have lots of dog parks? Have low smoking rates? Then your city might be one on the list for healthier cities. In May Forbes posted the top 20 healthiest cities in 2014. Check out the list and see if your city is on there.
Where do you go to get fresh fruits and vegetables? The grocery store? The local farmers market? What about an orchard or field? You probably have at least once to pick out that perfect pumpkin but you may not know that there are numerous farms across the US that allow you to pick your own fruit and vegetables from their fields.
It’s the time of year that causes the spring blooms to turn summer brown. But before you head out for the beach don’t forget to give your garden a little TLC. Here are a few tips to help your garden survive during the summer months.
Every once in a while we find a site we can’t wait to share. Barnraiser is a site dedicated to creating a community for all who value sustainable food and farming practices. The sites strategy for accomplishing this feat is fostered by three key components; People, Stories, and Funding.
If you are a Foodie you may have noticed a few Brazilian Barbeque restaurants popping up locally and it is no coincidence that the Brazilian culture is spreading its influence beyond its sports arenas. The Brazil diet is uniquely composed with influences from Africa, Portugal, and Europe. As a result recipes from the region will have ingredients familiar to one culture as well as unfamiliar at the same time.
We are always looking for ideas that inspire fresh thinking and healthy eating. Recently we were lucky enough to discover Kidstir. Kidstir is a company whose focus is to inspire and empower kids to understand healthy food decisions in a fun and family interactive way. Founder and CEO, Aparna Pande, spent her morning chatting with Bolthouse so we could bring Kidstir’s story to you.
Yummy! That is often the first thought when thinking about BBQ-ing. The flavors, the aromas, the anticipation, the grill lines on your favorite fruit. Yes Fruit! You will be surprised how well you can enhance your favorite summer time meal while also providing a low carb alternative to common side dishes like macaroni salad.
Cooking for a group can be challenging. Cooking for kids can be painful. If it feels like a daily struggle to get your kids to eat all their veggies you are not alone. There is some science behind the food choices kids prefer growing up, but if your little angel has become less than a cherub during meal time don’t throw in the towel yet. There are ways to cook, prep, and pick vegetables to improve their flavor profile making them more appealing to young tongues.
Sometimes food trends sneak up on us. Foods that we never heard of before become all the buzz showing up in dishes at trendy restaurants and receiving front cover articles for food recipe magazines. To help you stay ahead of the learning curve we found a few ingredients that are gaining momentum on being the next big food trend.
Whether you call them a Potato, a Spud, or a Tater it can be easy to forget that these perfectly individual sized perennials are classified as a vegetable. In fact potatoes are the most consumed vegetable in the US due in part to the staggering consumption of French fries. So now we challenge you to go one week without ordering one French fry! You can do it!
Who doesn’t love a good grape. They are sweet and delicious, easily portable, and easily shareable. We have 10 fun facts about this plump and juicy fruit you may not have realized were important to know.
The kids are out for summer…well almost! With spring break upon us we start to get the itch to kick start travel plans for the summer and who doesn’t love a good old fashion family car trip. Now don’t laugh if the thought of being cooped up in a car makes doesn’t sound like the perfect mini getaway. We have a few tricks up our sleeves to help make the trip fun & healthy for a tranquil arrival.
There is nothing better than getting a good night sleep. That feeling of waking up refreshed and reinvigorated as if your internal superhero has emerged and nothing can stand in your way. Those moments are fine and dandy unfortunately getting a good night sleep is much harder than simply lying down and counting sheep. Lifestyle, stress, and work are the kryptonite to a peaceful slumber. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help put the zzzz’s back into your routine.
Oh the joy of traveling. Whether for work or pleasure we have all experienced that excitement as you step into a plane, train, or automobile and leave your normal routine behind. Granted the excitement is a tad different when traveling for pleasure but regardless of the reason make sure with any trip you take the time to take care of yourself. We have a few easy methods you can do in order to stay healthy while away from home.
We are always on the lookout for kitchen gadgets to use for prepping fruits and veggies. Here are a few options, all under $20, to use the next time a recipe calls for chopping, peeling, or garnishing. These time saving gadgets will have you spending less time prepping dinner and more time enjoying it.
We have to admit that every once in a while a junk food craving will hit us that breaks down our willpower to eat healthy. These cravings can hit at any time. There is a lot of chatter about the causes of these cravings ranging from stress to dehydration. Regardless of the cause there are many healthy substitutes to swap the junk food and keep those cravings away.
If you haven’t heard Feb. 3rd is National Carrot Cake Day. Since we love everything involving carrots we definitely stop to honor this day. Lucky for us we have a team of food scientist who are geniuses at creating amazing recipes including this one for carrot cake pops. The single serve size allows the right amount on indulgence to celebrate the day.
Looking for a mid-morning snack or a little something to tie you over before heading to the gym? We want to share our favorite , on the go, protein snacks – one for every day of the week so you never get bored.
We love Instagram and use it to feature beautiful pictures of fresh fruits & vegetables, recipes, tips, tricks and more. We also get inspired by other accounts and did a quick round up of our favorite Instagram accounts we think are helping to put fresh fruits & vegetables in the spotlight.
We’re crazy about coconut milk! It’s super versatile, easy to find & tastes great. And for those of you that have given up dairy, coconut milk is a great substitute. Learn 5 easy ways to incorporate coconut milk into your diet.
Farmers Markets are popping up left and right. Learn how Harvest Home, is providing fresh produce and helping out in their communities.
We found 3 mobile apps that will make meal planning & dining out easier than ever. They’re all free (hooray!) and can be found on the Apple App Store & Google Play. Tell us which ones you’re planning to use in the comments section.
Game changers are leaders, visionaries who have new and different ideas that stand out from the crowd. So in the spirit of sharing, we found 3 game changers that are changing our world and the way we think about food. Who would you add to the list?
We all know that big resolutions can easily fall by the wayside and add more stress to your life so we compiled a list of smaller, more doable things that will give you a feeling of instant success. Start 2014 with a sense of accomplishment!
A member of our Bolthouse Family found this recipe and shared it with us. We wanted to share it with you! It’s light, filling and healthy at the same time.
We don’t know winter is synonymous with bad produce but these winter veggies are just as delicious as they are beautiful. Maybe they are just misunderstood? Winter veggies are dark and in the veggie world: the darker the color, the better they are for you. Many of our favorite veggies take on different hues in the winter like purple. We know, this can be strange, but we promise it tastes scrumptious regardless of color.
Chia seeds are wonderful for cooking and baking, especially if you are vegan, vegetarian, or have allergies. Chia seeds are a great source of nutrients and are great a filling you up. What is so great about Chia seeds is that they are so versatile. Eat them on their own for a snack or keep a bag handy for every time you step in the kitchen.
The Holiday’s are here! Getting gifts for everyone is expensive, time consuming and stressful. We wanted to help you out with a little list we put together for the foodies in our lives. You don’t have to break the bank and a little foodie-inspired gift can go a long way—to your stomachs we hope!
We love anything DIY, especially when food is involved. We stumbled upon this herb wreath and thought it was such a great idea. This would look beautiful and smell amazing too! It’s fresh and festive plus you can actually use the herbs throughout the season in your cooking. This is great for your kitchen or as a gift as well.
Okay, this is quite ambitious but we will try or make anything carrot once. Food&Wine cooked up an awesome carrot ravioli recipe that we just had to share with you! Get your entire family involved in the pasta making process and have fun in the kitchen!
Mason jars are your knew favorite kitchen tool. Don’t just waste these glass beauties as storage; you can use it as your new lunch box or baking pan. Get crafty and creative. You can literally capture your favorite recipe in a jar. There is no limit to what you can do with a Mason jar.
Okay, we admit we are stuffed, and so is our fridge! All these left over’s and so many potentials. Here’s some food for thought on how to go about transforming those leftovers.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! This year we would like to take the time to reflect on what we are most grateful for this year: you.
Who doesn’t love spiced holiday bread and a glass of egg nog to go with it? We are turning it up a notch this year with: Bolthouse Farms® Eggnog Bread! We love our low fat nog made with vanilla bean and nutmeg. However, we love when we can do more with our beverages than just drink ‘em! That’s why we baked our Holiday nog into scrumptious bread.
Raddish has jumped onto the subscription box trend but put a twist to it. Instead of sending food, they are sending you recipe guides, skill cards, creative activities, grocery list, and all the essentials to bring your family together in the kitchen. Raddish aims to teach your youngest little ones how to eat healthy, make healthy choices, and basic cooking skills
Just because the seasons have changed outdoors, doesn’t mean you can’t keep the inside of your home lovely and green! Even if you don’t have a green thumb per say, some plants were just meant to stay warm and toasty inside. However, keeping plants indoors doesn’t just make your home pretty, it can help purify the air and bring a sense of calm to the environment. We can all agree that we will take calm any way we can get it during the holidays.
Why is Thanksgiving always about the turkey?! We think veggies should get the spotlight and not be shirked to just a side dish. So make this the year for a veggie heavy Thanksgiving meal.
Does the thought of the looming holiday season stress you out? Don’t let it. Take a breather, plan ahead, and prepare and be prepared to roll with the punches. Just remember at the end of the day to enjoy time with friends and family.
Choosing a healthy life style isn’t something that happens over night, we know! It’s tough to break those old habits and get in a good workout and eating routine. It all starts with goals! . We want you to commit to your healthy lifestyle. No goal is too big or too small!
Nothing says fall better than a great butternut squash dish. It’s sweet, savory, and guilt-free all at the same time. Harissa is a North African hot red pepper paste but once you add in the honey, we promise it’s not hot. We were in love at first bite. Let us know what you think or how you cook your butternut squash!
Okay, we know it’s not quite Christmas yet and we’d hate to be the folks that plays the Christmas music a little too early but… we thought this was so cool. If you love trees and the holidays try renting a tree instead of chopping one down. Don't know where you can find a living tree? Not a problem, we have links to local areas to help you.
A garden is a great way to get in touch with nature and grow your own food. Unfortunately, many of the fruits go to waste each year. Fortunately there are organizations like Food Forward that will pick up unwanted fruit and donate it to charity.
This year, let the age-old Halloween chant “Trick or Treat, Give Me Something Good to Eat,” ring true. While children have grown to expect and love sugary, bad-for-you-and-your-teeth candy, give them what they want: something good but good for them. Try branching out and abandoning the fun-sized go-to treats. You’ll have parents thanking you.
It’s the time of the year again, Food Day 2013! Food Day is a national event to celebrate healthy, affordable and sustainable food. On this year’s Food Day, ditch the junk, the sugar, the bad-for-you, and enjoy some fruits, veggies, wholegrain, and healthy-for-you eats.
Cooking with pumpkin or pumpkin spices is the perfect way to embrace the season. Pumpkins are low in fat and calories. Try out a couple recipes that stray from the traditional pumpkin pie.
It’s that time of year again. Fall is upon us and dinner shifts to heartier meals. But hearty doesn’t have to be unhealthy. A bowl of pasta is great for autumn dinner but this time around, we’ve decided to ditch traditional pasta and put vegetables to work.
Do you have a love for your local farmer’s market but wish you could experience it on a more intimate level? Around the country, The Secret Fork is bringing members of their exclusive popup community a shopping experience like no other
There has been quite a lot talk around expiration dates and food waste recently. We got to thinking about how expiration labels can be quite confusing. To make it easy we explain the different food expiration labels to help you understand which food items you can keep a little longer and which food items you should toss.
Fall is here! The leaves are changing colors and the air is getting cooler. The holiday season is about to kick off and there is nothing better to get you in the mood than to decorate. This year take inspiration and your supplies from the outdoors. Try out some of these DIY and eco-friendly crafts to bring in the fall spirit. Happy Fall and Happy Crafting!
When in the kitchen, a good knife is your best friend. A sharp knife is even better, but safety comes first. Before cooking, you should always know what type of knife to use to make your meal prep easier. So whether you are chopping, slicing or dicing we have all your ktichen knife tips.
Halloween is right around the corner and picking out pumpkins is the perfect way to get in the spirit for the holiday. Don't fret if you are not sure how to pick out the perfect pumpkin. We are here to help with some great tips whether you are hunting at the local pumpkin patch or at your local grocery store.
The idea of subscription based goods delivered to your doorstep is not a new concept. Community supported agriculture (CSA) are regaining new momentum as startups are breathing new life back into this business model. We have compiled our favorite sites in order for you to locate your local CSA. You are guaranteed to love the fresh produce and be challenged to learn to cook and use them in new ways.
There are so many unique ways to use your kitchen supplies. Why limit your creativity to the over or to the stovetop? Here are some tips for your other kitchen appliances to join in the action.
Don’t be afraid of technology, adopt it! Grocery shopping will never be the same. Millennials use new ways to shop, save and earn everyday at the store, and so should you. Grab you Smartphone, start downloading, and get ready to start saving time and money! Never forget what you need or what’s in your pantry again. Try out these apps to upgrade your shopping experience.
Everyone gets “hangry” (angry because they are hungry) once in a while. Being “hangry” is never fun. We want to share with you some of the tips that we use to fight off our midday grumps. Give it a try next time you are hungry in between meals.
Thank you all for joining this week’s Twitter Party with Jill Nussinow, @theveggiequeen. If you missed it, don’t worry! We had a chance to catch up with Jill and chat with her about all things veggie!
Fall is here and so are the scrumptious rustic dishes! Hearty and tastyfoods are now in season. Try out some these Food Network recipes that put a twist on the traditional.
Pancakes normally get a bad rap for being unhealthy even though they are so delicious. But a pancake doesn’t just have to be flour, sugar, and eggs. Load them up with lots of yummy and good-for-you things from oats and flax to cottage cheese and Greek yogurt. Try out this perfect morning pancake but remember souped-up pancakes normally take a little longer to cook.
Here at Bolthouse, we tried to maintain healthy, active lifestyles. Sometimes we need a little motivation to keep us on track. That’s when we turn to our trusted Smartphone to help us along the way. From calorie counting, run logs, to music, check out our favorite fitness apps and get sweating!
You’re invited to our Twitter Party! Bolthouse Farms is partnering with The Veggie Queen, Jill Nussinow, to host a Twitter Party all about seasonal veggies! Join us to talk about seasonal vegetables and how to prepare and cook them. We love to eat our vegetables and cook with them too. Jill Nussinow is the vegetable expert specializing in vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eating.
Do you just get tired of drink plain water but don’t want to splurge on sugary, bad-for-you drinks? Try making your own flavored waters with fresh fruit and vegetables. Scoop some tasty recipes here.
Noah Shrader, a 29 year-old Memphis interactive designer and developer has once again challenged himself to drink a glass of Green Goodness™ everyday for an entire year. Read how Noah describes his journey from start to finish and the challenges he overcame.
Maybe you have a green thumb and maybe you don’t, but who doesn’t love few gardening life hacks?! We certainly do. Whether you are enhancing your outdoor garden or starting one inside, try out a few cool tricks that will make everyone think you are a gardening guru.
Strolling around our local farmer’s market always leads us to new discoveries and fun finds. Exotic fruits and veggies from around the world make their way into our hands. We’ve tried them and listed some of craziest things we’ve found!
Let’s face it; our electronic leash is getting shorter and shorter. Emails never stop pouring in and everyone expects an immediate response. Some days we just don’t have the bandwidth. As much as we like to think we are multi-tasking super humans, we cannot keep up at that pace! This constant demand to always be on is tiring and stressful but it doesn’t always have to be. Here are a few things we try to do every day here at Bolthouse Farms.
Don’t you just hate it when you’ve just stocked your fridge with fresh produce only to find it’s gone bad instantly?! We definitely do too! We've listed our best tips for proper fruit and veggie storage to achieve maximum shelf life of your produce.
Summertime offers up a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables. Farmer’s markets around the country are offering up some of the local best! Here are several of our favorite summer fresh fares.
Do you have a picky eater on your hands? No need to worry. Next time you’re in the kitchen, incorporate veggies in a fun, enjoyable yet sneaky way. We have several tricks up our sleeves to help our loved ones get in all the vitamins and nutrients they need!
What is a warm summer night without a BBQ? Try some of these junk food swaps and enjoy flavor without the guilt!
Summer means an endless bounty of beautiful fruits. But after a successful trip to a local farmer’s market, the older produce gets pushed to the back of the fridge. We just hate to see anything go to waste, so here are some tips and tricks!
Whether you are a vegetarian or an herbivore, there is a spaghetti squash recipe for you. It’s low in carbohydrates and is often substituted for actual spaghetti for those who are watching their carb intake. Try one of our recommended recipes or doctor it up on your own, it’s mild enough to take on many flavors.
Most of us love a rich chocolate brownie or blueberry muffin. Did you know there are a variety of ingredients you can use as a substitute for oil in your favorite cakes, cookies and muffins? We can modify our favorite recipes like chocolate chips cookies to make them a touch healthier. Take advantage of the substitute without sacrificing taste or moisture.
Most of us spend a lot of time in front of our computer screens. We sit, we stare, we type, and sometimes we eat (mindlessly) in the midst of it all. If there is one thing we have learned about the art of staying healthy, is that it does require a strategy and a plan. We have listed our favorites tips to making small changes that will offer big results.
We all have that one downfall, that guilty pleasure, and for many of us it’s chips that could be swapped out with a healthier snack. Savory kale chips, carrot chips and green bean crisps are a healthy alternative for that late afternoon snack. Make these in advance and bring them to the office or have them available at home, you won’t be tempted to eat less-than-healthy snacks.
We love summer, but we don’t always love cooking in summer. It’s hot, and turning on the oven and standing in front of the stove isn’t very summery. Grilling outdoors – yes, cooking inside – no. To get us through the last searing days of summer, we have compiled our favorite salads. They can be paired with any grilled protein, a crusty loaf of French bread, or served solo for a light and healthy dinner.
When was the last time you went on a picnic? Even just the sound of the word ‘picnic’ sounds carefree and whimsical. It’s one of those aspirational get-togethers that we talk about planning, but we almost never make it happen. Now is the time. We are going to show you how to plan a simple, fun, healthy picnic for your family and friends. Plus it’s so much easier than hosting a party at home – no dishes!
We’ve noticed a trend lately: marathons and half-marathons are out, and crazy-themed runs and obstacle courses are in. From color runs and mud runs we’re here to tell you about it. We didn’t say we’ve done any of them, or that we will do any of them, we just want you to be aware of the five craziest events taking place in the U.S.
"What can’t our mobile phones do?” We carry them like an extra appendage, a 21st century limb, so with all of that extra knowledge at our fingertips we should take advantage of the best health apps available, right? YES! We’ve scoured the app store and the Internet to find free and user friendly apps geared towards making it easier to lead healthier lives.
If you know any avid vegetable gardeners, and they grow zucchini, they have most likely delivered many a zucchini to your kitchen. They tend to grow quickly and abundantly, so many gardeners and chefs learn to use the fruits of their bounty to add zucchini to soups and salads and pasta and bread. There are hundreds of zucchini bread recipes out there, but we love this one because of the sweet and mild flavor and the rich texture.
As you may know, we recently hosted a Twitter party with Brenda Thompson, creator of the popular blog Meal Planning Magic. Brenda provided tips and ideas about planning meals in advance, creating a shopping list and saving time and money. With Brenda’s guidance, planning healthy meals in advance seems manageable.
Yes, most of us are pretty healthy around the Bolthouse Farms offices, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a good cocktail here and there. Whether you are headed to the beach, the lake or the mountains this summer, you’ll want to be armed with must-have cocktail recipes.
We love summer, and we love dessert, so we wanted to share one of our favorite “better for you” treats – Summer Berry Shortcakes. Don’t be surprised when they ask you for the recipe. We received rave reviews from kids and adults alike.
Summer is the perfect time to think about increasing your fruit and vegetable intake. With so many of our favorites in season from watermelon and strawberries to summer squash and sugar snap peas, summer means a bucket of cherries on the beach and fresh zucchini on the grill. It can even mean blackberry pie or blueberry compote, it’s almost impossible not to take advantage of what the summer season has to offer.
Most of our holidays and parties revolve around food, and why shouldn’t they, food is sustenance, and at its most basic level – survival. We’ve all overindulged on holidays, so we did some research and compiled our list of the best tips from doctors and nutritionists on how to enjoy your holiday and be healthy at the same time.
You’re invited to our Twitter Party! Bolthouse Farms is partnering with Produce for Kids to host a Twitter Party that helps parents come up with solutions to keep their families healthy this summer and beyond. Everyone is invited to join the conversation, ask questions and win prizes.
The kids are out of school and it’s time to brainstorm a few healthy creative meals and snacks that keep them fueled all day long. When the kids are out of school they have countless opinions about what they will and won’t eat throughout the day. That leads to too much negotiating, which is why we’re here, to provide some inspiration with a few healthy snack and lunch ideas to kick-start the summer
Wellness travel is a trend that we can get behind. From major hotel chains offering perks like jogging routes and gluten-free and vegan menus to individual entrepreneurs offering surf and yoga retreats. We have done our research and found some cool, fun summer trips that range from adventurous to relaxing. There is a way to travel and be good to your body and this is just the summer to try something new.
Have you ever gone grocery shopping while you’re hungry? We have, and we ended up making some less-than-healthy choices because everything looked good.Goodbye yogurt, hello ice cream, goodbye apples, hello chips. Now, there is research by the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University to back up that behavior.
When we find something that is so simple, yet so innovative, and helps us get a healthy dinner on the table quickly and seamlessly, we have to sing its praises. It’s not always easy to get healthy takeout, and there is something gratifying about preparing food for your family. The blog and cookbook Dinner: A Love Story provides creative and manageable recipes that make cooking dinner at home approachable and fun.
Farmers are opening their doors and their fields so that we can all understand and appreciate where food comes from and the process it takes to get fresh foods from the land to your table. We sat down with one of our most knowledgeable farmers, Donny Hopkins, who has been overseeing the fields where our carrots grow for the last 37 years to discuss the extraordinary evolution of farming over the last 40 years.
We decided we are going to think differently about Father’s Day gifts this year. We are going above and beyond the boring and the banal to give Dad something so great that he always (never knew) he wanted. Our number one priority is keeping Dad healthy, and the way to do that is through cool new gadgets and little luxuries that help him rely a little less on beer and a little more on a great workout and a good night’s sleep.
Some things are better fast, and some things are better slow – like food. If you haven’t heard of Slow Food it is an international movement that cultivates eating locally and preserving traditional and regional cuisine. Slow Food “links the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment.” We have shared the twelve commandments from Slow Food International that can help you slow down in our fast-paced world.
Okay, so we bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook It’s All Good, “Delicious, easy recipes that will make you look good and feel great.” How could we not take a look, right? We like food that makes you look good and feel great, so we felt we owed it to ourselves, and to you, to take a look to see if it lived up to its The New York Times Best Sellers list status. And here’s the truth, it did. It really did.
We’re not going to lie, we think carrots are pretty great, which is why we like to incorporate them into meals, snacks and smoothies. We are always on the lookout for new and fresh recipes that help us feel good and look good, and of course they have to taste good. We tested this one just for you, and these gluten free carrot muffins deliver on all fronts. They taste just like a muffin should – light and fresh and slightly sweet.
Salads are almost always thought of as a nice side dish…a perfect complement to a hearty, protein main dish. We think it’s time to change things up & give salad the spotlight it deserves as we reveal our top 10 main course salad ideas that hit your vegetable, protein, and starch main course needs.
Extra stressed and crunched for time? We have 5 tips on how to increase calorie burn while you’re at the office to the delight of every multitasker.
We scoured the internet this week (so you didn’t have to) and found some tools that help make the healthy choice, the easy choice. Visual tools you can use everyday to show you the best produce for each season as well as determine the calorie density of everyday food items. Also read what other cities are doing to promote healthy eating in their communities.
Can you believe there’s actually a right and wrong way to eat fruits & veggies? Don’t believe us? Learn new ways to consume Apples, Bananas, Strawberries and Artichokes.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, veggies are taking the spotlight when it comes to our plates. Our meat-loving culture is waking up to the fact that there are plenty of delicious and original ways to make veggies the star of the breakfast, lunch and dinner show.
Most people love to travel. Another set of most people, especially nowadays, have a taste for fresh, organic foods. If you happen to fall in both of these categories, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a slew of resources for anyone who wants to make organic dining a part of their itinerary.
We take food pretty seriously around here. Yes, it’s of utmost importance to pay attention to the things you put in your body. But we shouldn’t forget how fun food can be. Ignore the voice inside your head telling you not to play with your food (Hi, Mom) and take a look at the fun and games to be had with everything that’s edible.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, veggies are taking the spotlight when it comes to our plates. Our meat-loving culture is waking up to the fact that there are plenty of delicious and original ways to make veggies the star of the breakfast, lunch and dinner show.
They say action speaks louder than words, and there’s a group of people in Charlottesville, Virginia doing a lot to make that statement ring true.
An amazing thing about fruits and veggies is that there are literally endless possibilities when it comes to preparing and enjoying them. But you’re only one person, and at some point you’ve got to store your produce for later consumption. Lucky for us, Berkeley Ecology Center has whipped up some fantastic tips for keeping your fruits and veggies fresh and crisp without relying on plastic.
Looks like we’re moving into the April Showers/May Flowers section of the calendar. And if you’ve got a garden that means you’ve also got some prepping to do. Fear not, we’ve dug up a bunch of helpful tips from around the web to get you and your garden safely through this seasonal transition.
It might seem like the fervor behind using local, fresh ingredients and working directly with small farmers is a new thing. But it’s not. Alice Waters, founder of the world-famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, has been using local, sustainably grown food since the 1970’s. Let’s take a closer look at how Alice Waters has used cooking to create real change.
To put it overly simply, composting is a free way to turn the stuff you throw away into something that can help your garden and the environment. Keep reading to learn more about composting and how to do it.
In a perfect world, kids would choose healthy food over fast food. Of course, that’s easier said than done. But we also know they want what looks good and what’s easy to grab. So let’s take a look at some ways researchers have found to help kids make the healthy choice the easy choice.
In 2011, Michelle Obama unveiled the newest in over 100 years of nutrition guides from the USDA – MyPlate. Based on the very recognizable dinner plate and emphasizing making 50% of your meal fruits and vegetables, it’s been widely praised as an improvement over the previous MyPyramid icon. Today, it does even more to help families cope with busy schedules.
While spring is springing, it’s still a bit nippy outside and we thought we’d give you the lowdown on some surprisingly still-in-season beauties. With great flavors and vitamin C, citrus fruits are ready to go, either fresh or with a new recipe. By knowing what’s in season, you’ll be ahead of the curve by selecting the tastiest delights and preparing some knockout dishes.
With help from chefs and community activists, school districts are finally starting to rock nutrition in the cafeteria. Creativity has been a huge part of making healthy choices easier. Here are some of our favorite programs and people who are next level-ing school meals.
Healthy eats are everywhere these days, and some have become a definite part of our routine. If you’d like to add a few twists to your list of go-to healthy ingredients, look no further than these lesser known superfoods.
The more we understand nutrition, the more likely we are to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Every day the media seems to be peeling back more layers and unveiling more truths, which we couldn’t be happier about. The nutritious power that comes from fresh fruits and veggies is our passion and we’re excited to be part of this ever-growing movement.
Man, times have changed, haven’t they? You can charge your car the way your charge your phone. You can buy movie tickets online. And, as of pretty recently, the snack category as a whole has moved from just junk to stuff that’s actually good for you. Thanks in part to our collective concern about eating right, snacking is evolving. And that’s something we can really get behind.
Anyone, including us, will tell you that cooking at home is the best bet when it comes to eating better. This, of course, means making more visits to the supermarket. There are ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of your grocery trip. Here are a few big tips, free of charge.
Ladies and gents, start your ovens, pots and pans. Here is a list of cookbooks we love that are heavy on the fruits and veggies. They’re perfect for vegetarians, but fear not, omnivores. A bunch of these recipes are meat-friendly, too.
Ladies and gents, feast your eyes on fresh thinking in action. Click through for the things that made us get all, “Why didn’t we think of that?”
Let’s play a game. We’ll say a word and you tell us the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? The word is pomegranate. Was your first thought juice? Ours too. (Shout out to our 100% Pomegranate Juice.) And while tart, flavorful juice might be one of the simplest, healthiest uses for pomegranates, there’s a lot more where that came from. Click through to feast your eyes on some delicious ways you never knew you could use a pomegranate.
There’s a buzzword out in the foodie world – farm-to-table. On the surface this seems like a trend, but we’re thinking it’s here to stay. The term farm-to-table applies to food purchased directly from the source. Sure, this requires a little extra effort, but buying locally ensures your food is fresh. Plus, getting involved in the farm-to-table movement is easier than you think.
These five food sustainability and activism blogs are an excellent look into the current state of our food system and offer a wealth of helpful information. We really appreciate what the folks at these blogs are doing. We think you might, too.
A few blog posts ago we brought up the fact that winter actually comes with its own set of seasonal fare, contrary to the dreary stereotype. The veggies who can stand up to Jack Frost got the spotlight then. Now it’s fruit’s turn.
As promised, we’re back with our roundup of the best foodie-friendly reads out there. We realize we’re not the only ones with great taste in food blogs, so we asked our Facebook fans to clue us in to their go-to sources for drool-worthy writing. We received an overwhelming response (link back to post) and picked a few of our favorites.
You may come across a small, reddish, orangey yellow fruit in the produce aisle this time of year. And, from far away, you’ll think it’s a tomato. But it isn’t a tomato; it’s actually a persimmon. So, what is a persimmon, exactly, and how does one eat it?
Your local grocery store may seem like the pinnacle of produce selection, but we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t get better than straight from a farmer’s market. Besides being a great way to support the local economy, it’s also a top-notch way get in on the local food community. If you don’t exactly frequent farmer’s markets, they can be a little intimidating on the first go. So, we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help.
If you ask your mind’s eye, winter pretty much means cold, snowy times and maybe a few snowball fights. But even though it looks like everything grinds to a halt, there is still a slew of seasonal fare to be had. Click through for our favorite veggies that stand up to winter’s dreary conditions. We even threw in some delicious ways to enjoy them. We wouldn’t leave you hanging like that.
If you’re anything like us, you set some goals as the clock ticked toward a brand new year. Maybe you told yourself you’d be swim suit ready by summertime. Perhaps you’re shooting to save some cash, quit smoking or give up the snooze button. Whatever the resolution, we could all use some help sticking to it. Lo and behold, there’s an app for that.
We’re not sure if this comes across, but we love food. And the only thing better than eating it is looking at food photography and stumbling across great recipes. So begins a monthly endeavor dedicated to highlighting for you, our dear readers, the food blogs we drool over. Yes, we love food blogs so much that it warrants a monthly roundup. Enjoy.
Scott Mowbray recently took to HuffPost Food to tell us all about the rise of the new food culture. With one beautifully written piece, he’s pointed out why our own mission here at Bolthouse Farms – making the healthy choice the easy choice – is so important.
We bet the only reason kids don’t eat more fruits and vegetables is because we tell them they have to. And healthy snacks aren’t always tempting, least of all for young palates. But we’re on a mission to make healthier stuff the thing cravings are made of. Here are some tips to get kids reaching for fruits and veggies more often than cake and candy.
Most days, front yards just kind of, well, sit there. Other times, they’re turned into bountiful, lush gardens capable of providing a family with 100% fresh and organic produce. Such is the case of Jason Helvenston’s front yard in Orlando, Florida. And never in a million years did he think he’d get in a pickle with the law for finding an affordable way to feed his family.
This just in! We’re predicting fruits & veggies will take center stage this year. From “junkless snacks” to “farm-to-bar,” check out these 5 trends that will take over your plate in 2013.
Take a second and think back to the school lunches you enjoyed as a kid. There were tater tots. There was chocolate milk. There was square pizza. And the only thing your young taste buds knew was that it tasted good. Today, a ton of attention is being placed on making sure that pizza and tater tots aren’t the major players in the cafeteria. But it looks like high schools are missing out on the makeover.
Food drives are as much a part of the holiday season as decking the halls and exchanging secret Santa gifts. If you happen to have a garden, you can actually grow some holiday cheer and share the wealth. Fresh Food Banks, also called Harvesting Organizations, are revolutionizing the way we feed the hungry. They work just like the food drives we all know and love.
Putting up the tree. Untangling mile-long strands of lighting. Color-coordinating the wrapping paper. The holidays are hectic, so the least we could do is help you plan the big meal. We’ve scoured the Web for healthier holiday recipes, from salad to dessert, that’ll let you and yours indulge without going into any food-coma blues. Now all that’s left to do is the actual cooking. Which we totally understand is easier said than done.
The holidays will be here faster than you can say Falalalala Lalalala. Which is to say, pretty fast, even taking into account that this is a pretty long word. In an effort to help with any last minute gift hunting, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas that any foodie on your shopping list would love. Behold.
We’re big fans of local, small food-focused businesses that deliver healthy, natural, sustainable, humane and downright good-for-you food. That’s a long list of qualifiers but we truly believe in each one. So color us ecstatic when we discovered TakePart’s Tastemakers 2012.
In a move that proves there’s way more to LA’s health movement than juiced kale, the Los Angeles city council has declared a resolution urging Angelinos to refrain from eating meat one day of the week. They’re calling it Meatless Monday and we here at Bolthouse Farms are calling it a pretty great idea.
You may have noticed by now that we really appreciate fresh thinking. Here’s a few things we fell in deep like with this week.
Summer sort of makes you wish the entire planet was floating in a temperature controlled bubble. But fall? Talk about a breath of fresh, cool and crisp air. Here are a few fun ways to enjoy it all beyond the trusty jump-in-a-pile-of-leaves maneuver.
Recently, we discussed bringing the fresh autumn harvest to your kitchen. Then we thought, hey, there are lots of other places that could use a dash of autumn harvest. Places like your little ones’ lunch boxes, for example. And so, here they are – our favorite school lunch and snack ideas, all in the key of autumn.
It’s that time of year – the calm before the holiday storm. Soon you’ll be holiday shopping, decorating, and, of course, feasting. Namely on Thanksgiving.
But that fancy gravy boat of yours doesn’t need to set sail on a sea of guilt. We’ve got some ways to lighten up your Thanksgiving spread without lightening up on tastiness.
Fall is here. You can tell because the decorative gourds are out in full force. Time to get out the gloves and grab the garden fork because we’re going to show you how to keep a garden alive and looking handsome through the season.
Eating healthy shouldn't be so complicated. At least we don't think so. And thankfully, we're not alone. A group of food movement leaders and organizations from all across the country joined forces to create Food Day. It's an annual celebration of real food and a movement towards more healthy, affordable and sustainable food.
Autumn. If you live pretty much anywhere north of South Florida, you know what the word means. The leaves look like someone hand-painted them over night, and the air is crisp and cool. It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the freshness.
Ahh, fall. It brings a lot to the table. School's back in session, the leaves are giving you views to brag about, and nighttime comes a tad earlier. It also brings us two major holidays centered on the art of feasting – Thanksgiving and Halloween. Could autumn get any better?
Eating your weight in Halloween candy may seem like a good idea. But after a few handfuls, the treats don’t feel so treat-like anymore. We’ve scoured the Internet for Halloween sweets you can feel great about eating and settled on one that made us lunge at the screen for a bite: No-Bake Chocolate Tarts from Marla Meredith at Family Fresh Cooking.
'Tis the season for all things Halloween, which means 'tis also the season for carving pumpkins, which is a pretty big deal. You have to choose the best pumpkin in the patch. Pumpkin-proof the whole house. Then, scoop out those pumpkin innards. This year, you might want to reconsider throwing out this cold, mushy stuff. It's full of pumpkin seeds, which are actually really good for you.
Hi. My name is Jeff Dunn. From all of us here at Bolthouse Farms, welcome to the new Bolthouse.com. We hope you like what we've done with the place.