I have always been passionate about teaching my children to eat healthy and that includes exposing them to a lot of different fruits and vegetables. When they were little, this wasn’t always easy and I came up with a ton of ways to hide zucchini so that they never suspected they were eating it! Little did they know that their muffins had vegetables in them or that their smoothies were full of green superfoods! Produce for Kids® is a great program that encourages healthy eating among families by providing simple, healthy meal solutions and resources for parents, while at the same time raising funds for local children’s non-profit organizations.
This month, Publix and Produce for Kids are teaming up to host the second annual Healthy Schools, Healthy Minds campaign. How can you help? Well, now through October 24th, just add produce to your Publix shopping cart! During this campaign, participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a donation based on consumption of their fresh produce items to DonorsChoose.org, which will support local classroom projects. Just think, boosting your family’s intake of produce can help improve your own health but also help support your local school! It’s a win/win situation!
Be on the lookout for the Produce for Kids display unit (shown above) featuring characters from popular Sprout shows, LazyTown™ and Noodle and Doodle, in the produce section of your local Publix store. The more items you add to your shopping cart, the more local classrooms will benefit! Also, Produce for Kids just launched a fun and exciting contest on Pinterest. Be sure to check it out here.
Publix will also feature the Ideal Meals™ program from Produce for Kids in the produce department. Ideal Meals cards provide 12 quick, easy, and healthy chef-created/dietitian-approved complete meal solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. I know I am always looking for creative ways to highlight veggies for my family’s dinners so I certainly appreciate the help with a few recipe cards! You can also get inspiration online…For dozens of delicious and nutritious recipes please visit http://www.produceforkids.com/healthy_eating/ideal_meals.html. Here is just one of the great recipe ideas that would make a healthy meal for your child!
Nutty Breakfast “Cookie”
Preparation Time: 35 Minutes
· 2 large eggs
· 1 tsp. vanilla extract
· ½ cup honey
· 2 Tbsp. olive oil
· ¼ cup pistachios, chopped
· ¼ cup cashews, chopped
· ½ cup banana, peeled, mashed
· 1 ½ cup apples, peeled, cored, diced
· 2 cups rolled oats
· 1 cup whole wheat flour
· 1 ¾ tsp. cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine eggs, vanilla, honey, oil, pistachios, cashews, banana and apple in large mixing bowl.
3. Combine oats, flour and cinnamon in separate mixing bowl.
4. Combine wet and dry mixtures until thoroughly mixed.
5. Separate into ⅓ cup portions. Place portions on parchment lined baking sheet about ½-inch apart.
6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until firm. Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack until warm.
Nutty Breakfast “Cookie” Calories 439; Fat 11.98g; Protein 12.94g; Carbohydrate 71.24g; Fiber 6.36g; Cholesterol 53mg; Sodium 23mg; Calcium 45mg; Vitamin A 110 IU; Vitamin C 2.16mg; Iron 3.89mg
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