(Family Features) Planning, preparing, serving and cleaning up after mealtimes are skills that can be beneficial to everyone. Yet when it comes to meal prep, many families find it easier to tell children to go play rather than bringing them into the kitchen to help create meals.
“One of the best ways to encourage children to try new foods or simply eat their vegetables is to allow them the opportunity to plan and prepare a meal,” said Emily Hicks, a registered dietitian nutritionist for KinderCare Learning Centers. “Involving children in meal planning, preparation and serving in age-appropriate ways helps give them some autonomy in a world in which they often feel they do not have many choices. This can help reduce stress and food fights at mealtime, creating a more peaceful and enjoyable experience for everyone.”
Meal preparation can also bring certain classroom lessons such as counting and fractions to life as children measure ingredients. It can also be an opportunity for an impromptu science lesson about the parts of plants and animals people eat and the nutritional benefits of healthy foods.
Consider these tips to get kids more involved in mealtimes:
- Choose mealtimes when the family is typically together and make preparation a team effort. Allow children to pick out vegetables or other items at the grocery store (or from the fridge, freezer or pantry) to prepare. Alternatively, if you have a few meal options planned for the week, children can help decide what to make on which days. The key is to empower children to make choices, thus helping develop a sense of responsibility and encouraging variety in food choices.
- Allow children to help wash produce, stir food in mixing bowls, get tools like cutting boards from the cupboard and more. Children can help peel or chop foods or stir pots or pans with adult guidance. Even younger children can assist by using child-safe utensils to peel or chop food, sprinkle toppings, pour dressings or combine pre-measured meal components.
- Children can help place food on the table and serve themselves at young ages. Young children may find it easier to serve themselves by using measuring cups instead of serving utensils. Encourage children to try some of each food on the table but try not to push them to eat anything in particular. Instead, give them time and multiple opportunities to try different foods. If they are able, teach children how to pass food to others at the table and engage in conversation. Sharing at the table can help foster social development and family connections.
- After mealtime, children can help clean up and put things away. Even if they can’t reach the sink, children can help clear items from the table. They can also assist with putting dishes in the dishwasher or ferrying clean dishes to an adult to put back in cupboards and drawers. Additionally, they can help wipe up spills and crumbs, and push in chairs, too.
“The benefits of family mealtime go beyond health,” Hicks said. “Involving your children in your mealtime routines can bring food and fun to the table, creating a sense of belonging that will boost the whole family’s well-being. Remember, you don’t have to stick to a routine 100% of the time to be beneficial. Just do your best to keep routines when possible and practice balance.”
For more tips to help incorporate children into meal planning and preparation, visit kindercare.com.
PANERA ANNOUNCES MYPANERA® WEEK CELEBRATION FEATURING SAVINGS & SURPRISES FOR LOYALTY MEMBERS
MyPanera Week “Fall Faves Fest” kicks off with National Coffee Day and offers deals from October 1 through October 7 including the chance for a VIP college football game experience
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Panera Bread kicks off the MyPanera Week Fall Faves Fest – a week-long celebration of loyalty members and everything they love about fall: crave-worthy comforts, full on flavor and deals on all things cozy. Whether you love Autumn Squash Soup, Cinnamon Crunch Lattes, Mac & Cheese or any of Panera’s signature soups, salads and sandwiches, MyPanera Week’s daily deals have something for every Panera fan. Just in time for National Coffee Day, the week kicks off with exclusive deals on Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club.
Taking place now through October 7, MyPanera Week will celebrate MyPanera loyalty members with exclusive Panera perks and offers for MyPanera members throughout the week, including*:
- 9/29 & 10/1: Panera Celebrates National Coffee Day with deals on Unlimited Sip Club Memberships – new and lapsed subscribers who sign up by October 10 can choose from:
- $5/month for 4 months of Unlimited Sip Club
- $99 Annual Unlimited Sip Club Subscription for one year
- 10/2: $2 Off Mac & Cheese (in app only)
- 10/2 – 11/2: 20% off Panera Catering orders of $200 or more
- 10/3: Enjoy Panera at home with discounts on Panera Grocery products (includes $2.50 off mac or soups, $1 off salad dressings and $1 off coffee products)
- 10/4: Buy One, Get One 50% off Sandwiches (in app only)
- 10/6: Buy One, Get One 50% off Soups (in app only)
- 10/7: Launch of Panera x Dr Pepper Bready.Set.Score Challenge. MyPanera members can play a football themed field goal game for a chance to win one of 500K instant discounts and entries for a chance to win one of three grand prizes of a VIP college football game experience
- Weeklong Deals from 10/1-10/7:
- $0 Delivery Fees on orders of $10 or more
- 20% off Panera online Gift Cards
- Double MyPanera visit credits with purchases of $10 or more
- 20% off Panera Shop Merch
“We are thrilled to celebrate our loyalty members with another exciting MyPanera Week lineup full of deals and special surprises,” said Meenakshi Nagarajan, Chief Digital Officer, Panera Bread, “This weeklong celebration is another example of the disruptive value and personalized rewards that Panera is known for – we hope our members enjoy unrivaled access to savings from our bakery-cafes as well as gamified challenges to unlock big wins.”
MyPanera members are rewarded for enjoying their Panera favorites from soups and salads to Toasted Baguette Sandwiches and Unlimited Sip Club, and enjoying perks including complimentary bakery-cafe items, birthday rewards, exclusive menu previews and tastings, access to exciting Panera content and more.
For more information on MyPanera Week or to join MyPanera, visit PaneraBread.com.
*Restrictions apply. Full MyPanera Week terms available here.
About Panera Bread
Panera Bread opened in 1987 as a community bakery, founded with a secret sourdough starter and a belief that sharing great bread is an expression of warmth and generosity. That vision holds true today with a robust menu of delicious, chef-curated recipes created with a simple principle: The Familiar, Made Fantastic™. At Panera, we serve food that we are proud to serve our own families, made with responsibly raised proteins and freshly prepared with Clean ingredients–food that does not contain the artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors, and colors from artificial sources set forth on our No-No list served in U.S. bakery-cafes. From crave-worthy soups, salads and sandwiches to flatbread pizza and sweets, we offer our guests more than great food. Our ethos of generosity drives us to meet our guests where they are through technology and through our shared values. We are stewards of our communities and the planet — with programs like Day-End Dough-Nation® that donates unsold baked goods in the evening to local non-profits, or labeling climate-friendly low carbon Cool Food Meals.
As of September 26, 2023 there were 2,138 bakery-cafes, company and franchise, in 48 states and in Ontario, Canada, operating under the Panera Bread® or Saint Louis Bread Co.® names. Panera Bread is part of Panera Brands, one of the largest fast casual restaurant companies in the U.S., comprised of Panera Bread®, Caribou Coffee® and Einstein Bros.® Bagels. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) Instagram (@panerabread) or TikTok (@panerabread).
SOURCE Panera Bread
OSMOW’S™ NATIONAL SHAWARMA DAY IS BAAAACK ON OCTOBER 15!
TORONTO /PRNewswire/ – With more than 160 restaurants across North America, OSMOW’s is layering on the excitement for tasty Middle Eastern street food with its Fourth Annual National Shawarma Day on October 15!
Montreal to Miami, Buffalo to British Columbia, OSMOW’s is calling all carnivores, vegetarians, spice lovers, and everyone in between: National Shawarma Day is the day to raise a shawarma for just $5!
Shawarma is a flavourful, marinated meat that slowly cooks on a rotating skewer. On OSMOW’s National Shawarma Day, everyone is invited to enjoy the rich flavours and cultural significance of this beloved dish at a price that dates back to OSMOW’s 2001 opening.
“Every October 15, shawarma becomes a symbol of unity and joy as throngs of people visit us!” says OSMOW’s CEO & Head of Franchising Ben Osmow.
“Traditions bind us. We are excited to celebrate our fourth annual Shawarma Day, which has become a fun new tradition for new and loyal customers, franchisees, suppliers, and our delivery partners. Here’s to a delicious flavour bringing joy to life. Come by, customize your toppings, engage with our crews, and feast for the fun of it for just $5.”
The celebration includes special deals on OSMOW’s legendary Chicken Shawarma wrap or ON THE ROCKS® for just $5. Vegetarians can also enjoy a Falafel Wrap or ON THE ROCKS® at the same deal.
Additional highlights of OSMOW’s National Shawarma Day celebration include:
At OSMOW’s, Shawarma is prepared a little differently. Once the marinated meat is delicately carved, it’s grilled to caramelized perfection and then served ON THE ROCKS® (rice), STIX® (fries) or classically wrapped in a thin pita bread that’s then expertly grilled. Personalized with add-ons like fresh herbs and vegetables, feta or house-made sauces means there are endless combinations of Shawarma meals bursting with delicious flavours. A fan-favourite for a reason! Remember to try the Garlic S’Oz or OSMOW’s Scorchin’ Hot S’Oz, which is a favourite among our fans.
OSMOW’s believes in giving back. Through the Osmow’s Hope Fund initiative, the company supports children in need by raising funds to provide them with daily meals in schools in Zambia, India, and Pakistan. Since 2021, OSMOW’s has raised over $200,000, with 100% of proceeds going towards the communities they support.
Social Media Engagement
Join the online celebration and connect with other Shawarma enthusiasts all across North America! Share your Shawarma experiences and stories on social media using the hashtag #NationalShawarmaDay when you post your photos, videos, and reels to spread the word. Who can go viral in support of Shawarma, fast, casual restaurants, and local businesses?
“National Shawarma Day is not only about great food. It’s about celebrating culture, diversity, and the tradition of sharing a meal with loved ones”, says President & CMO of OSMOW’s Bernadette Osmow. “It’s a day to connect with others and appreciate the joy of eating together. OSMOW’S is excited to continue this tradition on October 15, honoring our culinary traditions and the vibrant cultural diversity found in North America. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration of flavourful food and cultural exploration.”
OSMOW’S invites everyone to celebrate October 15 as National Shawarma Day as this exciting flavourful food niche continues to grow, in the spirit of diversity and cultural exploration.
For more information, visit osmows.com and follow @osmows on social media.
Founded in 2001 by Sam Osmow, the first OSMOW’S restaurant was located in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, and remains a successful operation to this day. More than 20 years ago, as a recent immigrant to Canada, Sam saw an opportunity to bring his Egyptian roots to the Canadian landscape blending traditional Egyptian cuisine balanced with a North American palate. Filling a void in the current fast-casual culinary marketplace, OSMOW’S flavourful dishes with signature sauces such as the fan-favorite garlic sauce keep bringing customers back to satisfy their cravings. OSMOW’S has grown to 160 restaurants across Canada and the United States. OSMOW’S invites all other Mediterranean brands to celebrate October 15 as National Shawarma Day as we continue to grow this exciting flavourful food niche, in the spirit of diversity and cultural exploration.
SOURCE Osmow’s Shawarma
Almond Milk Market Set to Grow at a Remarkable CAGR of 13.6% to Reach $20.3 Billion by 2028
DUBLIN /PRNewswire/ — The “Almond Milk Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2023-2028” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
The global almond milk market has witnessed substantial growth, reaching $8.9 billion in 2022, and is expected to expand even further. The market is projected to reach $20.3 billion by 2028, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13.6% during the forecast period from 2023 to 2028.
Almond milk, made from an emulsion of blanched almonds, acacia, sugar, and water, has gained significant popularity as a lactose-free, low-calorie alternative to conventional milk. It is not only rich in vitamins E and D but also offers numerous health benefits, including heart health, bone and muscle strengthening, blood sugar level maintenance, and support for weight management.
These qualities have made almond milk a sought-after product in the food and beverage (F&B) and personal care industries worldwide. The market offers a variety of packaging and flavors, including plain, vanilla, mango, and chocolate.
Key Market Drivers
Several factors are contributing to the growth of the global almond milk market:
- Rising Cases of Lactose Intolerance and Hypercholesterolemia: The increasing prevalence of lactose intolerance and hypercholesterolemia is driving demand for almond milk as a suitable dairy alternative.
- Growing Health Consciousness: As individuals become more health-conscious, they are turning to plant-based options like almond milk. This trend is particularly strong among the vegan population.
- Expansion into Personal Care: The personal care industry, influenced by changing lifestyles and rising incomes, is incorporating almond milk-based products into their offerings.
- E-commerce Growth: With the growth of the e-commerce sector, leading manufacturers are offering almond milk products through online distribution channels, offering convenience and unique flavors to consumers.
The global almond milk market is segmented based on several key factors:
- Type: Plain and flavored.
- Category: Organic and conventional.
- Packaging Type: Carton, glass, and others.
- Application: Beverages, frozen desserts, personal care, and others.
- Distribution Channel: Hypermarkets and supermarkets, convenience stores, online stores, and others.
- Region: North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.
Key players in the global almond milk market include Blue Diamond Growers, Califia Farms LLC, Daiya Foods Inc., Earth’s Own Food Company Inc., Hain Celestial Group, Hiland Dairy Foods, Malk Organics LLC, Pacific Foods of Oregon LLC, Sanitarium, SunOpta Inc., and The WhiteWave Foods Company, among others.
Key Questions Answered in This Report
- What was the size of the global almond milk market in 2022?
- What is the expected growth rate of the global almond milk market during 2023-2028?
- What are the key factors driving the global almond milk market?
- What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the global almond milk market?
- What is the breakup of the global almond milk market based on the type?
- What is the breakup of the global almond milk market based on the category?
- What is the breakup of the global almond milk market based on packaging type?
- What is the breakup of the global almond milk market based on the application?
- What is the breakup of the global almond milk market based on the distribution channel?
- What are the key regions in the global almond milk market?
- Who are the key players/companies in the global almond milk market?
Report Attribute Details No. of Pages 149 Forecast Period 2022 – 2028 Estimated Market Value (USD) in 2022 $8.9 Billion Forecasted Market Value (USD) by 2028 $20.3 Billion Compound Annual Growth Rate 14.7 % Regions Covered Global
For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/5lax1q
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