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      Dusk 'Til Dawn Cocktail

      Dusk 'Til Dawn Cocktail

      No Halloween is complete without a themed beverage, and this year it was time for an orange and black layered cocktail. Our lowball cups will keep your drinks chilled all night long. 

      What You'll Need:

      • 1.5 oz of vodka mixed with 1/8 of a tsp of food grade activated charcoal powder. Or if you have access to Hounds Vodka (a naturally black vodka made in Canada), use that instead.
      • Orange Juice
      • Grenadine
      • Eyeball gummy

      Instructions:

      1. Start by adding grenadine to the bottom of the lowball cocktail glass, until its about 1/4 inch full.
      2. Next, add a couple of ice cubes to the glass.
      3. Pour the OJ into the glass, leaving about 1.5 inches at the top because the most important ingredient is coming up next.
      4. Slowly pour the vodka and charcoal mixture (or Hounds Vodka) over the back of a spoon so it layers at the very top.

      Spooky Lunch Idea

      Spooky Lunch Idea

      One of my favorite Halloween lunch ideas, these fun Mummy wrapped Halloween Hot Dogs are a must-make for the kids! You can pack them in lunches or serve them as a fun lunch or dinner for Halloween day before trick or treating. Cute, yummy, and so delicious!

      Ingredients:

      • pretzel roll
      • turkey
      • cheddar cheese
      • cloth wrap
      • spooky eye picks
      • black marker
      • caprese salad (mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil)
      • salt 
      • pepper
      • balsamic glaze
      • grapes 
      • blueberries 

      Directions:

      1. Layer slices of tomato, add mozzarella between tomatoes then basil leaves between the cheese and season with salt, pepper and balsamic glaze.
      2. Wrap pretzel roll sandwich using cloth, add spooky eyes and draw a mouth with a black marker.
      3. Create monster grapes by cutting fruit in half then piece them together with spooky eye picks. 

       

      Fall Favorite Latte Recipe

      Fall Favorite Latte Recipe

      Pumpkin spice latte is a delectable drink made with smooth and rich pumpkin puree, milk, sugar, vanilla and the fall favorite spice – pumpkin pie spice. Make the best pumpkin spice latte at home in 10 minutes.

      Ingredients:

      • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
      • 1 tbsp maple syrup
      • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
      • 1/8 tsp sea salt
      • 1 tsp vanilla extract
      • whipped cream
      • 2 shots espresso
      • 1 cup milk
      • ice 

      Directions:

      1. Start by brewing your coffee
      2. In a blender, combine all ingredients
      3. Pour the latte over a cup of ice in an insulated mug, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle a pinch of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon 

      Tips for Elementary School Lunches

      Tips for Elementary School Lunches

      Some days, it can feel like a fight to get the kids up, dressed, and out the door in time for school, let alone make sure that they have a healthy lunch to take with them. Little ones are often the fussiest eaters, yet elementary school-aged children must have as healthy lunch as older children do, with enough nutrients and food diversity to get them through the day. But with so much going on, and often a battle to get them to eat anything at all, let alone off to school every day, how can we as parents ensure that we are setting them up with the best food to keep them going through the day. 

       

      Our stainless-steel bento-style lunch box can be used for adults and children alike, it has never been easier to make sure that kids have healthy, balanced meals to take to school with them. With one larger 20 oz container and two 6 oz containers, all made of food-grade stainless steel with edging and snaps, Mira provides perfect eco-friendly, easy-clean lunchboxes for kids. Simply fill each section with a different part of the meal, such as a sandwich in the larger container and fruit or other healthy snacks in the smaller ones. 

       

      Okay, so we have found our perfect lunch containers for our kids to take to school, but how do we get them to eat the healthy food we fill the lunch boxes with? The answer may seem daunting to begin with but will make school lunches much easier overall: involve your kids. If you prepare lunches for the week on a Sunday, for example, and present kids with multiple healthy options for each day and each section of their lunch box, they are more likely to feel excited and enjoy getting involved, even if you opt to verbally tell them the options rather than visually showing them and letting them help prepare (though this can be fun too!). This is especially important as children progress through elementary school and begin to develop their tastes and interests. While younger children may decide 3 days later that the meal you have taken out of the fridge and sent them to school with is not the one that they want to eat at that moment in time, by involving them in the process even at 5 or 6 years old helps them to develop their tastes and abilities and decreases the likelihood that the food in their lunch box is something that they hate.  

       

      Ultimately, using bento-style lunchboxes, like Mira’s stainless-steel ones, is a great way of providing even elementary school children with a variety of healthy, balanced meal options for their lunches. Including them in the decision-making process for what they want to eat each day makes preparing lunches more enjoyable for everyone and teaches them about nutrition, making healthy food an exciting choice rather than something that they feel is forced upon them. 

      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!