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4 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 four 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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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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Celebrate Pineapple’s Perfect Pairing on Piña Colada Day

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You Don’t Have to Enjoy Getting Caught in the Rain to Raise a Glass on Piña Colada  Day

Just about two weeks after National Pineapple Day, National Piña Colada day arrives on July 10. While we encourage celebrating pineapple any time (it is, after all, in season all year), these few weeks in summer are the perfect opportunity to honor our favorite fruit. To learn more about this tropical tipple, we delved into its disputed history and, of course, found a classic recipe so home bartenders can get shaking (or blending). Be sure to read on for our top tips on taking your taste buds on a trip to the topics this Piña Colada Day.

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This Fourth of July, Make Pineapple Your New Favorite Ingredient

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Trust Us – This Tropical Fruit Is Sure to Shine at Your Backyard Barbecue

Get your grill out, light the sparklers, and chop the pineapple – it’s almost the Fourth of July! Though celebrations may look a little different this year, we’ll never turn down the opportunity to cook up a delicious meal. From spicy-sweet pineapple cocktails to start to creamy pineapple and coconut ice cream to end the night, we’ve got a tropical menu that’ll take your backyard barbecue to the next level – whether shared in person with family or enjoyed over Zoom with socially-distanced friends. Read on to find our picks for Perfect Pineapple recipes to cook up this Independence Day.

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Cool Off This Summer with a Frosty Pineapple Smoothie

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Get Blending to Celebrate Summer and National Smoothie Day

With National Smoothie Day sharing a weekend with the first day of summer, there’s no better excuse to get your blender out and enjoy a frosty, fruity beverage. Even better, pineapple pairs perfectly with a wide range of flavors, offering endless ways to blend up this tropical fruit. From enjoying a healthy green smoothie as a way of boosting our vegetable intake to whipping up an alcohol-free pina colada that could easily substitute for dessert, there’s a smoothie recipe out there for everyone. Read on to discover four of our favorites and get ready to blend this June 21.

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Celebrate National Cider Day with Home Brewed Tepache de Piña

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This Fermented Tropical Cider Is Your New Favorite Summer Drink

Whether you call it pineapple cider, pineapple beer, or tepache, this lightly fizzy, fermented drink is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. Frequently brewed South and Central America, tepache puts a tropical twist on fruity beverages and is a great way to use up pineapple scraps that would otherwise be thrown in the bin. With just a few ingredients – and a few days to spare – anyone can create this delicious drink at home. Read on to learn more about pineapple cider and for tips on brewing a batch for yourself.

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Snack Time! 4 Simple & Nutritious Pineapple Recipes to Keep You Going All Day

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Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C With These Tropical Snacks

Whether you start longing for something sugary around 3 or you’re dreaming of a bag of chips at 4, it can be hard to resist unhealthy temptations when you’re hungry. To help combat our habit of making questionable, cravings-fueled decisions about our snacks, it’s best to keep some more nutritious options nearby. So that you can be ready for snack time when hunger hits, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite pineapple snacks – all with 5 ingredients or less, and all full of good-for-you nutrients that are ready to give you the energy you need to finish the day.

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Stay Hydrated This Summer with Pineapple-Infused Water

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Add Tropical Flavor to Your Everyday Drinking Water

Looking for a great way to stay healthy and hydrated this summer? Try adding pineapple to your everyday drinking water! Pineapples provide a multitude of health benefits including supporting the immune system, improving eye health, and promoting heart function. Tossing some fruit into your everyday water is a simple way to obtain extra vitamins and give your drink a sweet taste and tropical flavor! With just a few ingredients, pineapple-infused water is easy to make and can be enjoyed during any time of the day. Read on for some of our favorites to try for yourself.

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