Snack Attack

Choose foods with added sugar and fat less often or in smaller amounts.

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Boys find healthy veggie options for snacks

Activity Idea: Cranberry Salsa - Taste and Learn
Source: Healthy Kids Challenge, Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 6-8)
Description: Kids will make and taste a healthy snack option using fruits & veggies
Grade: 6-8
Recipe Ingredients:

Makes 32 (2 Tbsp. serving) tasting samples:

  • 4 oz. 100% cranberry juice
  • 1-1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup diced avocado
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, including tops (can substitute white onions)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Optional: ground black pepper
  • Baked chips for dipping
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • shape knives, saucepan, large mixing bowl
  • plastic dessert plates, enough for each child


  1. Place juice into a saucepan. Boil about 5 minutes until reduced to roughly 1 Tbsp of syrup. Let cool.
  2. Dice or slice the fruits & veggies, then place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Crush the garlic cloves, chop and measure 1 tsp. to place in the mixing bowl. Add a dash of black pepper, if desired.
  4. Pour syrup over the mixing bowl contents and stir thoroughly.
  5. For tasting, measure 2 Tbsp. salsa onto dessert plates.
  6. Serve with baked chips.
  7. Clean work area and utensils with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water.
  8. Gather kids and ask them to identify the fruit and veggie colors represented in the salsa. (Answer: green, red, purple white and yellow)
  9. Explain why eating a variety of fruit and veggie colors is a healthy habit. (Answer: A variety of colors means a variety of vitamins and minerals. The salsa is a good source of vitamin C - from the tomatoes, cranberries, blueberries, pineapple, peppers and juices - which helps wounds heal and fights infections.)
  10. Grow tomatoes in a container or school garden or visit a farmer's market and repeat the recipe with homegrown flavor! Try mixing different ingredients to create your own salsa.

This activity is found on page 99 of the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 6-8) . For more activity ideas like the one above, check out HKC resource materials. See the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample pages.