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Healthy Lunches for Kids

Posted by Treetops on Friday, 08 September 2017 in Tips

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The kids are back to school and to help you get into the swing of things we’ve put together some of our favourite delicious and healthy recipes that are sure to have your kids looking forward to opening up their lunch bag all year long!

 


 

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Whole Grain Macaroni Salad

Pasta salad is an excellent choice to give your kids solid servings of whole grains, vegetables and dairy on their lunch hour. Our favourite combines a half pound of cooked whole wheat macaroni and a . cup of steamed or boiled broccoli florets (to save time, add them to the boiling pasta water along with the cooking pasta for the last minute of cooking) that have been tossed together with raw carrots, peppers and goat cheese (or your family’s favourite variety). Finally dress with a simple oil and vinegar dressing to taste.

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Roasted Turkey and Cheese Whole Grain Wrap

Some of the best healthy lunch recipes are simple too! For this quick and delicious lunch simply place the roasted turkey and your child’s favourite mayo or cream cheese into a wrap. Then add lettuce and additional vegetable toppings and condiments to create a tasty and satisfying lunch that any kid will love. Serve with a side of broccoli and baby carrots to create a healthy, balanced school lunch. Thinking that a wrap will work great for your child?

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Veggies, Pita and Hummus

Sometimes the best healthy lunches for kids look like snack time. For this quick and nutritious lunch take your child’s favourite flavour of hummus and pack along side delicious whole grain pita slices and wholesome vegetables. Cucumbers, peppers, baby carrots and broccoli are some great choices to help provide a balanced nutritional profile for your kid’s lunch.

You can even add in some fruit for desert. Yum! You can even mix up the flavours that

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Peanut Butter Alternatives

Since virtually all schools are now peanut free zones, you might want to take a look at some of the wonderful nut free alternatives for a healthy and easy alternative lunch. Sunflower seed butter is probably the closest in taste and texture to peanut butter, so your kids might not even notice the difference. Tahini is a sesame seed based spread from the Middle East that usually comes unsweetened so it is best to serve with jam or honey. Soynut butter is packed with protein and is an excellent choice for allergy-conscious families. Any of these spreads can be served with whole wheat bread and no-sugar added jam, or sliced banana, for a tasty lunch.

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Whole Grain Pita Pizza

Sure to be a crowd pleaser, you can make a fast and healthy pizza lunch with some whole grain pitas and a little creativity. Simply brush the pita bread with a little olive oil and top with tomato sauce, your children’s favourite veggies and cheese. Bake the pitas at 350 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 

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What are some of your family’s favourite school lunch recipes? We’d love for you to share them on our Facebook page!

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Top Staycation Ideas

Posted by Treetops on Thursday, 03 August 2017 in Lifestyle

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One of the best parts about life at Treetops is that you can enjoy a range of exciting summer adventures close to home. With a number of excellent parks, green spaces, beaches and recreation facilities close at hand, the options for summer fun are virtually endless. Here are just a few of our top recommendations for your ultimate Alliston-area staycation this summer.

 


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Endless Fun at Nottawasaga Resort 

Perhaps the best option for an Alliston-area staycation, the Nottawasaga Resort really does have something for everyone in your family. Perfect for a mini-vacation close to home, your family is sure to enjoy their time there. Parents will love the beautiful 45-hole golf courses, exquisite food and relaxing massage services. Kids will love the swimming, waterslide, mini golf and endless recreation activities — which include geocaching, bocce, volleyball, horseshoes, a playground, nature trails and more. Nottawasaga is offering a few excellent summer promotional packages right now, so visit their website today to learn more.

Or take advantage of their Family Fun Pass, which they offer on long weekends throughout the year. This includes access to the indoor pool, 100ft waterslide and mini-golf for a family of four for the day.

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Camping at Earl Rowe Provincial Park

Locals love Earle Rowe Provincial Park for its beautiful hiking trails, canoeing and huge outdoor swimming pool. It’s also a great place to give your kids a first taste of camping. This is an especially great option with younger kids, because when you’re camping close to home, you can always pack up if the kids aren’t into the experience. Earl Rowe offers a wonderful selection of car camping, group camping and even radio-free camping options to choose from.

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Take a Ride on the South Simcoe Railway

The South Simcoe railway is one of the most unique family day trips in Simcoe County. Your family will travel in restored railway coaches from the 1920s over the rails of a century-old branch line that once stretched all the way from Hamilton to Barrie. This round trip from Tottenham to Beeton takes just over an hour, and is enhanced by the Conductor’s friendly and informative commentary Trips are available every Sunday and select weekdays for the rest of the summer and early fall.

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Spend the Day at Innisfil Beach Park

Simcoe County has many beautiful beaches to explore, and Innisfil Beach Park might just be the nicest in proximity to Treetops. The beach is located about 30 minutes east of Alliston on beautiful Lake Simcoe. In addition to great swimming, boating and fishing, there are also volleyball courts, a playground, snack bar, sports fields, kayak and paddle board rentals and more.

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Explore Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

While not technically located in Simcoe County, Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is located just a short 30 minute drive west of Alliston and is a rare geographical wonder. Part of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, this majestic park is best known for it’s distinctive 30 metre cliffs on Cliff Top Trail. In addition to numerous wonderful hiking trails, there is also a day use picnic area that is perfect for a family lunch in this pristine natural setting.

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Where are some of your favourite places to enjoy a staycation in Simcoe County?  We’d love to hear about them on our Facebook page!

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Tips For Keeping Kids Active This Summer

Posted by Treetops on Thursday, 06 July 2017 in Tips

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Not every kid out there loves team sports but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t find rewarding ways to keep active and healthy. Here are some excellent activities the non-sporty kids in your life can try this summer


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Dance

Dance is an amazing way for kids to get some much-needed exercise and it has shown that regular practice can increase their flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. With a range of styles to choose from, including ballet, contemporary and hip hop, your child is sure to find the perfect way to express themselves in a non-competitive setting.


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Swimming 

Swimming is a great workout that that can keep a child's heart and lungs healthy as well as improve their strength and flexibility. Socially it’s great way for kids to meet others within their age group and research has shown that young swimmers are less shy, more independent, and more comfortable in social situations than non-swimmers. The best way to get started in the Alliston area is through swimming lessons at the Nottawasaga Resort. With lessons available for every skill level, there’s no better way for kids to dive into this healthy and fun activity.

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Horseback Riding

You may think that the horse does most of the work, but the balance, leg and core strength required for horseback riding makes it an excellent activity for kids. Horseback riding is also a great opportunity for kids to learn about nature and having a respect for animals. Learning to read the emotions of the horse even can help kids improve their empathy. With so many wonderful benefits, you should consider encouraging your kids to saddle-up and give horseback riding lessons a try.


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Hiking

Spending time outdoors is a great way for kids to get exercise, explore nature and enjoy time away from electronic distractions. One great option close to Treetops is the Earl Rowe Provincial Park. With six beautiful hiking trails, which range from .05 kilometres to 11 kilometres in length that you can hike or bike, it offers an excellent opportunity for the whole family to enjoy some quality activity time.

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Martial Arts

Many kids who don’t enjoy the competitive atmosphere of conventional team sports might be surprised to find themselves loving martial arts. Teaching self-discipline, coordination, and confidence as well as balance and posture martial arts are a great way to get your kids active in a safe and supportive environment.


What are some of your children’s favourite activities to participate in? We’d love to hear about them on our Facebook page.


SUMMER HOLIDAY HOURS

We would like to share with you that we will be operating on summer hours for the month of July. The Presentation Centre will be closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays to allow our team the opportunity to enjoy some extra family time.

 

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