Fruits & Veggies - Every Day the Tasty Way!

Eat at least 5 servings (and up to 9) of fruits and veggies each day.
Help kids learn "More Matters"!


Colorful, Appealing Veggies!

Activity Idea: Taste & Learn Hummus Recipe
Source: Healthy Kids Challenge, Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 3-5)

Kids help make a recipe, taste, and discuss MyPlate Food Groups

Grade: 3-5
Recipe Ingredients:

Makes 32 (2 Tbsp.) tasting samples:

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 - 19 oz. cans chickpeas, drained
  • food processor, scraper, tablespoon, serving tongs
  • dessert plates, enough for each child
  • pita chips, crackers, carrots and other dipping veggies, enough for the group


  1. To prevent the spread of germs, have kids wash hands with soap and water before handling food or utensils.
  2. Let kids assist with measuring ingredients, as able.
  3. Put all ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Place 2 Tbsp. portions on dessert plates and let kids choose pita chips, crackers and/or veggies as dippers.


  1. Ask kids to identify the MyPlate food group(s) for chickpeas, also know as garbanzo beans. (Answer: Vegetable and Protein) Explain cooked dried peas and beans can be counted in one group or the other. 1 cup cooked chickpeas = 1 cup Vegetable and 1/4 cup cooked chickpeas = 1 ounce Protein.
  2. Ask kids what nutrient chickpeas have that many other meats don't have. (Answer: Fiber, which only comes from plant foods.)
  3. Ask kids to identify (for a 9-13 year old) the recommended number of daily servings from the MyPlate Vegetable and Protein groups. (Answer: Vegetables 2-1/2 cups, Protein 5 oz. ).

This activity and others are found in the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 3-5). For more activity ideas, check out HKC resource materials. See the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample page.