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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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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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6 Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bill

Posted by Treetops on Friday, 04 November 2016 in Tips

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The chilly weather is on its way again, but have no fear, we’ve compiled a list of great tips that should help you save big on your energy bills this year! Leading experts agree that you can save 10% or more every month by following these simple tips.

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DIY Haunted House Tips

Posted by ebam on Friday, 14 October 2016 in Tips

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There is no better way to celebrate Halloween and bring a little fun into your community than a good old fashioned haunted house. There are several things to consider if you want to make sure your spooky creation is done right, so we’ve created a simple list of tips to help make sure that you have the scariest house on the block this year.

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5 Fun After School Snacks

Posted by Treetops on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 in Tips

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It’s that time again! You’ll want to make sure that your children are getting all the nourishment they need to support their growing minds, & for most kids that includes an after school snack. While cookies and other treats are okay as an occasional treat, it’s always a good idea to have an easy go-to roster of healthy snacks that you can prepare as well. Here are a few of our favourites.

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