Kids Eat Smart with Whole Foods® - youre in charge!
Want more ideas about what to pack in those school lunches? Tired of pulling your hair out trying to get more greens in your kindergartener? PBS Kids has partnered with Whole Foods Markets® to tell you and your kids why organic matters. Even more important? This partnership is working to help families learn more about healthy eating habits with the Fantastic Organic campaign!
You are in such luck I cant stand it. Whole Foods in Little Rock is our partner in crime (or in food) and happens to be in the biz of offering the kind of yummy stuff we want (and should be) bombarding our kiddies little bodies with. Instead of trips to the doctor and tiny plastic cup fulls of icky brightly colored medicine, lets keep them healthy with the earths natural remedy: fruits and veggies.
But my kid wont eat it! What do I DO you say? I say this with all the love and truth in my happy (and healthy thank you bananas and soy) heart: He or she WILL eat it and YOU can figure out how to make that happen with AETN and Whole Foods by your side. I am no official authority of any sort on food. I do, however refer to those who are and have seen the results I get personally with my family. I read. I pay attention to labels. I only purchase food that affects our bodies in a healthy way.
I have one critter (8 years old) who sneaks through the kitchen and eats raw sprouts by the handful (they are light and crunchy and cool looking) hoping I wont catch him and another little sweet pea (6 years old) who passes up sugary stuff for half an avocado. I no lie to you promise! We bought our own sprout growing kit recently, they help water and check often to see the progress, and then they crunch and munch very proudly 3 days later when they are sprouted. I keep all natural dye-free lollipops and they beg for one (ok, like 5) when they want a treat. Mommy, can I have a healthy sucker? I let them choose their vegetable and fruit for school lunch the choice is which one of each you get its not a matter of not getting one. I told them years ago that carrots make you see better so that the elusive soccer ball goes in the goal - and shazam, down goes the bowl of crunchy orange sticks. Food at my house is about how to use it to nourish your body so you can do the things you want to do and grow up strong…its not a sugary reward or based on the live to eat motto. Its eating to live.
Fantastic Organic uses online resources from PBS Parents, PBS Kids, and Whole Foods Market to help families learn to cook, shop and explore organic foods together. These fun, easy-to-use tools and educational resources are designed to help families make educated decisions about organic foods and encourage healthy lifestyles.
Online, you and your kids can explore exactly what organics are at pbsparents.org/fantasticorganic. On top of educational illustrations and animated shorts, the website features excellent recipes and tips for making simple, healthy organic meals and snacks, as well as shopping tips and interactive kids activities that give parents a hand when it comes to encourage little ones healthy eating habits.
Food is fun. We are the parents, we are in charge, and we can set a good example too. Now grab a bowl of frozen grapes to snack one while you make that healthy grocery list for the next school week and let us know what you come up with!
Memorial Day Weekend Specials
Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we pay tribute to the military service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform with special programming May 29-30. Special broadcasts range from AETN original film “Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour” to the “National Memorial Day Concert.”
Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
Calling Arkansas girls who have completed 5th, 6th or 7th grade! Discover the fun of STEM careers by participating in cool, hands-on activities at the Arkansas STEM Girls camp. This free event will feature a variety of sessions with women in STEM fields — including coding, science, pharmacy and more.
“Arkansas Week” News Maker: Chancellor Steinmetz
AETN enjoyed having University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz visit us in Conway, Friday, May 20. Chancellor Steinmetz, who visited AETN as part of his bus tour of Arkansas, stepped in studio as an “Arkansas Week” news maker. In addition to his interview with Steve Barnes, he took a moment to answer a few questions about his impressions of The Natural State and his hopes for higher education in Arkansas. Join us after the jump to learn more.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call May 23
Members of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet via conference call Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. Those interested in teleconference information should contact AETN at 800-662-2386.
“Arkansas Ask: Chronic Wasting Disease” airs May 23
What is chronic wasting disease (CWD), how does it affect the state’s deer and elk populations, and what precautions do hunters need to take? Join us and experts from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas at Monticello to discuss on Monday, May 23, at 8 p.m.