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      Easy and Healthy Lunches for Preschoolers

      Easy and Healthy Lunches for Preschoolers

      It's never too early to start teaching your children about the importance of healthy eating. A nutritious lunch is a perfect way to fuel their bodies and minds for a day of learning. But packing a healthy lunch can be tricky, especially if you're short on time. 

      That's where our Mira food jars come in handy. They're specifically designed to keep food warm or cold, so you can pack anything from leftovers to sandwiches without worrying about it going bad. 

      So if you're looking for an easy way to pack a healthy lunch for your preschooler, look no further than Mira's thermos! 

       

      Why is healthy eating important for our children? 

      The benefits of healthy eating for our children are countless. Here are just a few: 

      • Healthy eating can help boost their immune system and make them less susceptible to illness. 
      • A healthy diet can help improve their focus and concentration in school. 
      • Eating healthy foods can help prevent childhood obesity and associated health problems later in life. 
      • A balanced diet is essential for proper growth and development. 

       

      How can I make sure my child's lunch is healthy? 

      The key to packing a healthy lunch is variety. Try to include a mix of healthy proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. And don't forget to include some fruits or vegetables! 

      12 healthy and delicious ideas to get you started: 

      1. Spaghetti and meatballs
      2. Chicken nuggets and roasted vegetables
      3. Turkey sandwich with cheddar cheese
      4. Carrot sticks and houmous
      5. Oats and fruit
      6. Macaroni and cheese
      7. Quinoa salad with grilled chicken
      8. Vegetable soup
      9. Chicken salad
      10. Fruit salad
      11. Yogurt and granola
      12. Trail mix

       

      How to pack a food jar for your preschooler? 

      The best way to pack a food jar for your preschooler is using an insulated stainless steel thermos. This will help keep the food warm and fresh. You can also use a regular mason jar, but our Mira food jar will keep the food hotter or colder for longer. Fill the thermos with hot water and let it sit for a few minutes to heat up. Then, pour out the water and place the food in the thermos. Close the lid and make sure it's tightly sealed. The thermos will keep the food warm up to 5 hours.  

       

      Why do you need a Mira food jar in your day-to-day life? 

      Mira thermos food jars are built to last. They come in different sizes for different needs, and there are endless variations of food that you can pack in them. They're simple to clean with just warm soapy water - which is a plus when you're on the go. Plus, they have a wide mouth opening that makes it easy to eat out of. And the thermos feature means that your food will stay at a consistent temperature - hot or cold - for hours. So, if you're looking for a durable and reliable thermos food jar, Mira is the way to go. 

       

      Conclusion 

      Mira food jars are a great way to pack and save your child's lunch. Not only do they keep the food warm or cold, but they also help preserve it, so it doesn't spoil. This makes them perfect for multiple healthy food options for your preschooler, and you can find our food jars in different sizes and colors. So you can be sure your child's lunch will stay fresh all morning! 

      3 Healthy Lunches On the Go

      3 Healthy Lunches On the Go

      It’s that time at work again. You just put in four hours of work, and you realize your stomach has been grumbling for the past hour. Some days you might have a granola bar on hand, or maybe you have a few dollars to visit the vending machine. Either way, you always find yourself hungry and wanting more after a hurried lunch. Eating a healthy, portioned lunch will leave you energized and ready to tackle the rest of the work day. That’s why we put together three healthy lunches you can pack ahead of time and eat on the go with our containers. Our lunch boxes make packing lunch a breeze! 

       

      Chopped Chicken Salad 

      A chopped chicken salad is packed with protein and vegetables and will leave you refreshed after lunch. Not only is it healthy, but it’s easy to prepare in a hurry.  

      Ingredients 

      • Lettuce 
      • Cooked chicken (you can use a Rotisserie chicken for added convenience)  
      • Yellow Bell Pepper 
      • Cucumber 
      • Cherry Tomatoes 
      • Avocado 
      • Red Onions  
      • Salad Dressing of Choice  

      Directions 

      1. Chop up all of your ingredients to your size preference. If you like a more blended and incorporated salad, cut your ingredients into smaller pieces. If you like a chunkier salad (or you’re in a hurry), cut your chicken and vegetables into bigger pieces.
      2. Toss your salad with all of the ingredients except the salad dressing. Put your salad in our bento lunch box. Add your dressing on the other side of the divider so your salad doesn’t get soggy throughout the day. 

       

      Hummus Platter 

      If you like to snack throughout the day or work through your lunch, a hummus platter is the perfect lunch option for you. You can even customize it to include your favorite vegetables and hummus flavor. 

      Ingredients 

      • Pita Chips or Pita Bread 
      • Vegetables of Choice (cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, celery, etc.) 
      • Hummus 

      *You can also add chicken, nuts, olives, or fruit. Add according to your preference. 

      Directions 

      1. Simply prepare your vegetables. Place the pita and vegetables on one side of the container, and add your hummus to the other side of the divider. 
      2. Happy snacking! 

       

      Tuna Salad with Crackers 

      Slept through your alarm? This is a fast lunch you can prepare on your way out the door to work. Buy your favorite prepared tuna salad, and you have lunch! 

      Ingredients 

      • Prepared Tuna Salad 
      • Crackers of Choice  
      • Chopped Vegetables (Optional) 

      Directions 

      1. Add your prepared tuna salad to one side of the container and your crackers to the other. This prevents your crackers from getting soggy before lunch! 

       

      These healthy, quick, and simple lunch recipes will keep you away from the vending machine while leaving you full and energized. Happy eating! 

      All About Hydration: The Best Times of the Day to Drink Water

      All About Hydration: The Best Times of the Day to Drink Water

      Hydration is one of the most critical aspects of health. Yet, many people forget or don't know when to drink water throughout the day. At Mira Brands, we have done research and know the ins and outs of hydration. Contrary to popular belief, it is essential to drink at certain times of the day to help you maintain your health and hydration.  

      In this blog, we will go over the best times to drink water, especially when you need to have a glass of water or take a sip from your reusable water bottle throughout the day. So here are the best times of the day to drink water and maintain constant hydration. 

       

      Hydration After Turning Off Your Alarm 

      After waking up right away in the morning, after the urge to go to the bathroom, the next thing you should do is take a glass or two of water. Drinking a bit of water right away in the morning can help you offset some of the dehydration that occurred in your body overnight and help you set yourself on the right track for having a great day with lots of energy. 

       

      A Glass Before Your Meals  

      Drinking water right before your meal can be a fantastic way to remain hydrated. When you drink a glass of water before lunch or even dinner, you're quenching your thirst and helping yourself regulate your metabolism. This is also doable on the go if you have a stainless steel bottle or you have another reusable water bottle on you throughout the day! 

       

      Swap That Coffee for Water 

      Did you know that water can be a perfect replacement for that tired afternoon feeling? So, when you urge to reach for coffee, try a glass of water instead. Taking a few sips from your reusable water bottle can help you liven up. It can do a better job than just drinking your usual cup of coffee! 

       

      Don’t Forget Your Insulated Workout Water Bottle 

      For the athletic individuals reading this, you likely already know don't forget to drink water before and after your workouts! Of course, you should be careful not to overdo it during the training. Drinking a bit of water before and after your activities can help you have a great workout and maintain your strength while pushing your body to the limit. 

       

      Hydration At Night

      When you wake up, one of the best things you can do is reach for your insulated bottle and take a bit gulp or two of water. Spending all that time sleeping overnight leaves you potentially in a position to become dehydrated. Having a stainless steel insulated water bottle by your bed at night can alleviate this concern and make it easy for you to remain hydrated. 

       

      Get A Reusable Water Bottle Today 

      If you’re looking to improve your hydration, an insulated water bottle with straw like Mira Brands can be a fantastic way to upgrade your hydration routine. Mira Brands has numerous different insulated water bottles with handles for you to choose from. Check out our online store today to get yours and continue reading valuable content on hydration and more! 

      Eat Healthy To Improve Your Productivity: A Guide To Healthy Packed Lunches

      Eat Healthy To Improve Your Productivity: A Guide To Healthy Packed Lunches

      We all know by now: eating healthy makes us feel good. However, we often find it difficult to apply this information to our daily food choices at home and at work. Most people really underestimate how much our lunch choices can influence our work efficiency, and if they knew, they would likely opt for more nourishing alternatives rather than grab some ready meals or quick lunches on the go. For this reason, we decided to write this blog article and discuss how healthy packed lunches can positively impact your productivity and make sure you get the most out of your workday.   

      SLOW-RELEASE ENERGY 

      Have you ever wondered why excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates such as sweets, white bread and foods made with refined flours leads you to feeling tired? This is because these items have a high glycemic index, and rapidly raise the level of glucose in our blood. This leads to short, high-energy bouts that are quickly consumed by our body, and that is what leaves us drained and fatigued. However, opting for whole meal and unrefined bread, pasta and grains is the perfect way to avoid this from happening. The fiber contained in these foods slows down digestion, which means blood glucose concentration will stay stable across the day along with your energy levels. Add healthy fats, vegetables, and lean proteins to your meal to further improve the glycemic index of your lunch and help you stay energized through the day. 

      MICRO, YET ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS  

      When we talk about nutrition, we always talk about carbohydrates, fats, protein, and fiber, but we often forget about the importance of micronutrients, mainly found in fruit, vegetables, grains, and nuts. Despite them being small (micro!) particles, they are super important for our health. Vitamins and minerals are what makes up this category and come in different forms and each has a different role, often interlinked with each other. These nutrients are essential for the correct functioning of our body, and a lack of fresh ingredients in our diet can slowly lead to deficiencies that can make us feel tired, fatigued, or simply make us fall ill more easily. Make sure to add a variety of colorful vegetables to your lunch to get in as many nutrients as possible. You could even have different sides to accompany your meal with (these insulated lunch boxes are great for this as they offer different sized boxes or containers with dividers) and make your lunch super exciting! 

       

      FOOD FOR THE STOMACH, FOOD FOR THE BRAIN 

      When prepping your lunch, you need to ensure you are using foods that are going to make you feel satisfied and full for a few hours. Fiber rich foods and lean proteins are a great way to bulk up your meals and make you feel full for longer. However, it is also important to implement foods rich in healthy fats in your packed lunch, such as oily fish, avocado, olive oil, seeds, and nuts. These items not only also help you feel full thanks to our hormonal response to their ingestion, but they also feed our brain. They in fact contain Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, which support the correct functioning of our brain. So, if you want to have a sharp, clear mind and avoid brain fogs, these foods cannot be missing from your packed lunch! 

      These were the main reasons why we believe you should try give packed lunches a go. Not only they can make you save some money, but you also have full control over the nutritional content of your meals, and this enables you to make targeted choices aimed at improving your health, which will also directly impact your daily productivity.  

      MIRA FOOD JARS 

      Here at Mira, we understand the importance of eating healthy and the struggles for keeping lunches on the go the desired temperature and maintaining its delicious flavors. That’s why we supply thermos food jars of all sizes and colors! Our insulated food jars keep your food hot for 5 hours and cold for 10 hours. These are perfect for road trips, adventures, work, or school lunches. For our young fussy eaters, we have a 9oz thermos kids food jar that fits perfectly in a backpack for on campus snacks.  

      Keep Yourself Hydrated While Hiking or Traveling

      Keep Yourself Hydrated While Hiking or Traveling

      When we have water constantly available to us it’s easy to forget how important it is to stay hydrated. It’s in those situations, when we have water available, that we postpone drinking it and tend to prioritize other tasks. However, the consequences of this can be felt very quickly. You just need to be slightly dehydrated for your body to stop functioning at its best. 

      When we are dehydrated, we get tired faster, have more problems digesting our meals, and may even feel stressed or anxious at the end of the day. So, if you are someone who easily forgets to stay hydrated during your normal daily routine, you will need to pay special attention to your hydration levels during a hike. When you go on a hike, you will be pushing your body more than usual, and even if you don’t feel thirsty, you need to drink more water to replenish the water you will lose. 

      You will need to take into consideration the temperature, which can make you sweat more, and the intensity of your hike. These factors will determine how much water you will need to drink every hour. However, you need to remember that even if it’s cold you will have to drink water regularly. A great tip to make sure that your hydration levels are on top is to start hydrating before going on the hike. You don’t need to drink two liters of water but starting to hydrate your body before physical activities will give you more energy from the start.  

      If you keep forgetting to drink water because water by itself isn’t appealing to you, you can replace it with other drinks, like juice or iced tea (with no added sugars, since this will make you more dehydrated). You can even add lemon juice or coconut water to your water. It’s a great way to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals, which in turn, will help you maintain your hydration levels. 

      The idea of making your water more fun is great, if it makes you drink more, but you should steer away from certain drinks. Coffee or other caffeinated drinks aren’t advisable to take on a hike. Though it might quench your thirst at first, caffeine is known to accelerate the process of dehydration. Sugary drinks aren’t advisable either for the same reason. Besides, added sugars will only harm your health, which is exactly the opposite of what you want to achieve by going on a hike. 

      Taking the most suitable bottle for the hike will be taking one step ahead at remembering to drink water regularly. It’s important to have a water bottle that can be easily stashed in your backpack, in a place with easy access and easy to drink from as well. That’s when our reusable water bottles come in handy. Many of our models have an insulated water bottle with straw which will make it easy to drink from. You will also have to put your water bottle in a safe place, to avoid leakage. While you always should have that in mind, these water bottles are leak-proof and spill-proof, making them ideal for when you are on the move. If you bring your children on the adventure, don’t forget about their own kids insulated water bottle. Our insulated water bottles with handle are the perfect choice for when you go hiking or are traveling. Since you probably won’t have fresh water at your disposal, these water bottles can keep your water cold for 24 hours and your hot beverages hot for 12 hours. It can be great for when you go on a hike on a cold day, as they can keep your hot beverage hot throughout the whole hike. Besides, since they are made of stainless steel, you are guaranteed to always feel the fresh taste of water.  

      Only when you are on top of your hydration levels can you enjoy your ride. You will have energy and feel less tired and more alert. And if you feel that these water bottles can help you with that task, don’t hesitate to choose the one that best suits you.