Healthy in­spi­ra­tions

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - FOOD FOOD THOUGHTS - Writ­ten by KOREY KEALEY Pho­tog­ra­phy by MARK HOLLERON

Back to school and back to a rou­tine means pre­par­ing bagged lunches for many of us. Most par­ents dread mak­ing school lunches and find pro­vid­ing healthy snack options even harder.

Lind­say Fire­stone, mom to three young chil­dren, re­lates to the stress of try­ing to come up with snacks that her chil­dren will eat and which she feels com­fort­able serv­ing. So, to cre­ate fun and healthy snack options, Lind­say col­lab­o­rated with a lo­cal com­pany, foodthought, to launch snaX, the com­pre­hen­sive School Nu­tri­tion Aware­ness pro­gram.

snaX of­fers stu­dents ex­po­sure to healthy, in­ter­na­tional foods in a fun and in­clu­sive man­ner for five con­sec­u­tive school days. The pro­gram pro­duces stu­dents who are fu­eled with en­ergy and schools that are proud to host an in­no­va­tive, week-long fundraiser. With tasty treats such as French Slid­ers and Mex­i­can An­ti­ji­tos, chil­dren are more ea­ger to learn about the health ben­e­fits of the snacks they are eat­ing and will of­ten share the knowl­edge and recipes when they get home.

CLOCK­WISE: Slider Sand­wich, Egg Salad on a stick, Lind­say Fire­stone and stu­dent helpers serv­ing up some healthy snaX at a lo­cal school.

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