It's the time of year when things get back to normal for families with children – back-to-school, back-to-extracurricular activities, back to routines. Back-to-school can be a relief for many parents, but it may also be stressful for families who struggle financially, as there are many expenses associated with a new school year. According to Deloitte's annual back-to-school survey for 2017 (www2.deloitte.com), one quarter of U.S. households are shopping for back-to-school supplies, and spend an average of $501 per child to prepare for the coming year.
The next time you buy a jar of peanut butter at the store, pick up an extra jar or two for your local animal shelter or service dog training facility. Many of these organizations thrive on help from volunteers and donations from the community.
Chinese consumers love peanuts. The country is the number one producer of peanuts and yet China still imports peanuts from the US and other countries to meet the demand. This summer, American global food brand McDonalds tapped into Chinese love of peanut products and launched an LTO of a beef burger topped with a steamed egg and creamy peanut butter sauce. In a four-star review of the sandwich, this site said, “for those not in the know, peanut butter is probably the single greatest addition to a burger.”
I stroll into the market and my senses are overwhelmed in the best way possible – the newly harvested vegetables bursting with color, the three-man band playing joyful folk music, and the aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries combined with the delightful fragrance looming from the flower stand. I’m greeted with a warm smile from two farmers who have been awake at least four hours longer than me.
Spring is in the air: blooming flowers, morning birdsong, al fresco dining, and more daylight, which inevitably leads to more time in the sun.
Have you thought about how you will take care of your skin as you spend more of your days outside?
Maybe it’s sunscreen, an umbrella, protective clothing or a wide-brimmed hat – all essential tools.
But what about food?
Kids love the great taste of peanut butter, and school nutrition professionals love the protein and other key nutrients of this American staple. Some schools, however, struggle with managing peanut products due to concerns about food allergies. Others are unsure of how to use peanut butter as an ingredient in meals beyond the typical PB&J. We sat down with two experts in K-12 school nutrition to get their insights on the importance of peanut butter in nutrition programs, advice on managing food allergies, and culinary tips to elevate school meals with peanut butter.
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