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5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Meal with Pineapple & Veggies

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For National Fruits and Vegetables Month, Celebrate This Delicious Combo for a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet

September is National Fruits and Vegetables month, and it’s the perfect chance to celebrate this irresistible duo. Naturally sweet and full of flavor, pineapple is the perfect addition to veggies for a delicious and tropical combo that’s packed full of nutrition and antioxidants. Plus, the fruit gives any meal a unique twist that everyone will love. Read on for five delicious ways to pair pineapple and veggies for your next meal.

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5 Easy Pineapple Meal-Prep Ideas When You’re Pressed For Time

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Tackle life’s busiest moments with these easy meal-prep hacks that will help to cut your cook time in half!

Summer is coming to an end, and the end of the season brings along the hustle and bustle: back to school, back to work, sporting events, after-school activities, and so on. With the changing of the season, it’s essential to be prepared for anything life throws your way. This means meal prepping plenty of delicious eats ahead of time that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, so you’re not stressed about meals when life gets crazy.

Here at Chestnut Hill Farms, we deliver the perfect pineapple that’s as versatile as it is delicious. Pineapple is packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin B, and potassium, supporting your immune system, brain health, and more. Even better, our pineapples are ripe and in-season all year long, making it the ideal addition to any meal even with the seasons’ changing.

So, whether you’re meal prepping for breakfast, snacks, or dinner to watch the big game, here are five delicious and easy ways to meal-prep using pineapple!

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An Introduction to Costa Rica’s Diverse Wildlife

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Why Sustainability and Environmentalism Is So Important in Costa Rica

At Chestnut Hill Farms, we take pride in the process. We take time to prepare the earth for planting, to harvest by hand, and to make sure our people and our environment are protected – all while producing the perfect pineapple. That includes caring for over 275 hectares of natural rainforest that surrounds our farm, offsetting our carbon footprint and giving a home to just some of the amazing wildlife that lives here in Costa Rica. Despite representing only .3% of the world’s total surface area, our beautiful country is home to 5% of its biodiversity. From birds and sloths to tapirs and jaguars, our rainforests host an impressive variety of animals. To get to know some of our animal neighbors, read on.

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Take Lunchtime to the Tropics With These 3 Healthy Pineapple Lunchbox Ideas

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Easy, Healthy, & Tasty, These Recipes Are Perfect for Busy Parents This Back-to-School Season

Although some kids may be heading to a home office or kitchen table instead of the traditional classroom this year, a healthy and fun lunch is still an important part of the day. For busy parents, meal prepping snacks and lunches – either in the morning or on the weekend – can be a huge timesaver. Thanks to its versatility, pineapple is a great option for keeping meals interesting – and it packs in plenty of nutrition to keep kids strong, too. For back-to-school season this year, we partnered with sustainable company ECOLunchbox to showcase three of our favorite easy, healthy lunchbox ideas that kids and parents alike will love.

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3 Amazing Brain-Boosting Benefits of Pineapple

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Get Smart! Snack on Pineapple to Maintain Brain Health This School Year

We all know the saying: a pineapple a day keeps the doctor away! Our favorite tropical fruit offers endless health benefits. Full of key nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B, and potassium, pineapple can support your heart health, help your immune system, and even boost your brainpower. As we enter the new school year, it’s particularly important to keep our brain in mind – and pineapple is perfect for supporting both physical and mental health. Read on to learn more about why this fruit is the perfect brain-boosting snack for kids (and adults) this fall.

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3 Tropical After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

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With Natural Sweetness, Pineapple Is the Healthy Treat Every Kid Will Want After School

Without much warning, August has arrived. The long days of summer are slowly coming to an end, and kids are heading off to their first day of school – whether that’s to a classroom or to the dining table. With busy schedules and new challenges, parents may think it’s impossible to find the perfect after-school snack for their children. Luckily, Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple provides an amazing, healthy snack for children to enjoy that satisfies sweet tooths, can be prepped in advance, and packs in plenty of nutrients like vitamin C that growing kids crave. For three of our favorite after-school snacks that kids and parents will both love, read on.

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4 Kid-Friendly Pineapple Crafts for Back-to-School

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Keep Learning Sweet with Pineapple DIYs and Crafts

Forget not playing with your food – it’s time to get creative! With more kids learning from home this school year, it can be challenging to keep education exciting. Crafts featuring food are a creative, hands-on way to make school fun – and delicious! – and to keep your kids engaged. Whether used as part of a daily lesson plan or enjoyed as an after-school activity, these projects are sure to sweeten your day. Check out four of our favorite kid-friendly pineapple crafts, plus a delicious after-school snack, below.

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Marketing & Merchandising Produce for Back-to-School Season

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How to Encourage Pineapple Sales for Parents During Covid-19

While some children may be headed back to the classroom, there are also plenty that will be staying home this year. For kids, that could mean boredom or frustration; for parents trying to work from home, this new routine can create a lot of stress. As we move into back-to-school season, it’s helpful to anticipate new challenges that families are facing. Whether it’s through providing ideas for easy meals or offering ways to make food a supplement to learning at home, retailers can become a resource during these unique times.

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Maximize Flavor with Fresh Homemade Pineapple Juice and Crushed Pineapple

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Have a Recipe That Calls for Pineapple? Skip Store-Bought and Choose These Homemade Versions

From cocktails to appetizers to baked goods, there are so many delicious recipes that make use of pineapple. Unfortunately, if you’re looking to use fresh pineapple, you may find yourself missing an ingredient when the recipe asks for pineapple juice, crushed pineapple, or some other variation of the fruit. But don’t worry – you can prep all of these different ingredients in your own kitchen, letting you enjoy the full flavor of fresh pineapple and avoiding any added sugars. Even better, they only take a few minutes to create. Read on to learn how to make your own pineapple juice and crushed pineapple, and how to store them so they’re ready to go when a recipe calls.

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Ready to Go Bananas? Try These 3 Sweet Pineapple-Banana Recipes

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Pineapple and Banana Come Together for the Perfect Tropical Summer Treat

While pineapple and coconut might be a classic pairing (hello, pina coladas!), there’s another tropical fruit combo we can’t get enough of: pineapple and banana. Even better, our new partnership with Dominican Republic-based banana producer Fresh Fruit Holdings means there’s no better to time to get creative in the kitchen. From baked goods to blended beverages, we’ve found three recipes that feature our favorite fruits and prove that pineapple and banana are truly a power duo.

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