The Family Table

Educating Families About the Benefits of Family Meals

Tip of the Week: Freedom

Happy Independence Day!
Today’s tip will be honoring a few of the things that we are thrilled to be free from, at least in the shortterm!

1) School schedules… if you are like me, the kids keep you hopping. During the school year, it seems MUCH worse because of the balance required by the school schedule. Now, don’t get me wrong, my kids (mostly) enjoy school, but this month we’re free and clear of homework, gym shoes and bus rides.

2) Darkness in the evening… This is the month to get out and enjoy the sunshine! Truly from up in-the-morning until down-at-night, my family is on the go – making sleeping time that much quieter, and more restful. Being active helps everyone. Get some great exercise and help celebrate Foster Park’s Centennial Year by participating in the KaBOOM! Play Day. NOTE: Date change from July 6th to July 27th. Plan to stop by the Family Table and Parkview LiVe booths and say hi!

3) Canned and frozen foods… With our goal of half a plate of vegetables and fruit, the fresh foods available from our garden and farmer’s markets means the table is full of bright colors and is high in vitamins! Just remember to wash them safely.

To make your own, mix 1 part white vinegar with 3 parts water and put it in a spray bottle. Simply spray the mixture over the produce and let it sit for a minute or so, then rinse well. This also works well on cutting boards and countertops as a disinfectant. Interested in finding out more about eating fresh? Make plans to attend the Finding Food in Farm Country at the McMillen Center on July 17th.

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