If you are looking for something fun and meaningful to do, then you should join Loews Hotels and help kids “Build a Better Lunch Box”.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its ground-breaking Good Neighbor Policy, Loews Hotels is helping families “Build a Better Lunchbox” to promote healthy eating habits and raise funds to support projects in local schools.
Beginning on October 24, 2010 at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City and running through December 11, 2010 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, Loews Hotels across the U.S. will host fundraising events where children and parents will have the opportunity to learn how to build a healthier lunch together, and at the same time support community schools through DonorsChoose.org, Loews’ newest charity partner, a web-based not-for-profit that supports local school projects for individual sponsorship.
Loews Hotels has also partnered with Driscoll’s, the nation’s leading producer of fresh berries to develop recipes that focus on variety, balance, nutrition, portion control and that incorporates an added element of fun that all kids love.
Each event will feature chef demonstrations, hands-on food stations to create lunch and special play areas for children. Also, each child will receive a specially created Loews Loves Kids lunch bag, an organic cotton lunch bag filled with a coupon for a nutritious berry smoothie at a Loews Hotels, healthy lunch and snack recipe cards, fruit-shaped silly bands, crayons and a $20 donation card for DonorsChoose.org.
Here are some recipes to get you started on Building Your Own Better Lunch Box!
Whole Wheat Turkey-Hummus Wrap
1 Large whole wheat tortilla
¼ Cup Hummus (see Hummus recipe)
¼ Cup crumbled Feta cheese
½ heart of Romaine lettuce
1 4 ounce package of sliced turkey
Cut half inch strips of lettuce using all lettuce.
Warm tortilla slightly to make easy to roll.
Spread hummus over half of the tortilla.
Sprinkle feta on top of hummus.
Distribute cut lettuce evenly over hummus and feta.
Place sliced turkey over lettuce.
Roll the tortilla from the edge closest to you half way through, then fold up both ends and roll the rest of the way.
1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
3-5 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Chopped parsley
Drain chickpeas saving the liquid from the can aside.
Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until smooth.
Place in a serving bowl; create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.
Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well.
Very Berry Smoothie
1 ¼ cup Driscoll’s strawberries and blueberries
¾ cup full-fat organic vanilla yogurt
½ cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 tablespoon agave nectar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all ingredients into a blender.
Whirl until smooth.
Garnish with a strawberry and serve with a fun curly straw. Makes 2 Cups.
Eat-‘Em-Up Fruit Kabobs
1 soft, unsalted pretzel cut into eight (8) cubes
8 cubes smoked Gouda (or a child’s specified favorite!)
8 Driscoll’s strawberries
8 cubes ham (optional)
8 Driscoll’s blackberries
8, 12-inch bamboo skewers
On each skewer, thread one cube of pretzel, cheese, strawberry, ham and blackberry.
Repeat with remaining skewers.
Can be served with various dips, if desired.
Makes 8 skewers.
The next step is to enjoy all these healthy delights and to attend an event in your area!
Find a “Build a Better Lunchbox” event near you:
- Loews Regency Hotel (New York, NY) – October 24, 2010
- Loews Miami Beach Hotel (Miami Beach, FL) – November 13, 2010
- Loews Lake Las Vegas (Henderson, NV) – November 6, 2010
- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (Orlando, FL) – November 7, 2010
- Loews New Orleans Hotel (New Orleans, LA) – November 12, 2010
- Loews Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) – November 13, 2010
- Loews Coronado Bay (Coronado, CA) – November 13, 2010
- Loews Philadelphia Hotel (Philadelphia, PA) – November 13, 2010
- Loews Ventana Canyon (Tucson, Arizona) – November 13, 2010
- The Don Cesar, a Loews Hotel (St. Pete Beach, FL) – November 14, 2010
- Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (Santa Monica, CA) – November 21, 2010
- Loews Vanderbilt Hotel (Nashville, TN) – November 28, 2010
- Loews Annapolis Hotel (Annapolis, MD) – December 11, 2010
For more information on local “Build a Better Lunchbox” events visit http://www.facebook.com/LoewsHotel#!/LoewsHotels.
Here are the details for the New York Metro event:
DATE: Sunday, October 24, 2010
ADDRESS: Loews Regency Hotel
540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street)
New York, NY 10065
COST: $25 for advance RSVPs, $30 at the door (ticket price is for one child, accompanying adults are free)
CONTACT: To RSVP to the Loews Regency Hotel’s Build a Better Lunchbox contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-339-4013
Go and help not only your kids “Build a Better Lunch Box”, but help schools in your community!
What a great cause to support! I can’t wait until the day that I have my own children…for many reasons, but one is certainly the opportunity to make their lunches! I can’t wait to get them into the kitchen with me. This is truly an important thing for our nation’s families to focus on. Good eating equals good health!