March Monthly Action Idea
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"!

Boys holding veggies
Platte County boys pick healthy veggies at the grocery store

Activity Idea: Fruit & Veggie Challenge Solutions
   
Source: adapted from HKC's, Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum, Grades 6-8, Lesson 3
Description: Kids discuss solutions to increase fruit & veggie eating
Grade: 6-8
Supplies:
  • Whiteboard
  • Optional-ingredients for salsa recipe

If kids aren't getting at least half their plate of fruits and veggies, what can be done to meet the challenge? The first step is to THINK ABOUT IT. Nothing changes until someone gets used to thinking about how to eat more fruits and veggies.

Directions:

  1. Gather students and discuss the following solutions and examples to eating more fruits & veggies. Allow kids to brainstorm ideas that will work for them.
    • Make fruits & veggies more available.
      • Add it to a grocery list.
      • Make sure there is something in the refrigerator, cupboard, or freezer at home.
      • Carry it with you.
    • Add fruits & veggies to other foods.
      • Add fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruits to lettuce salads, yogurt, cottage cheese or breakfast cereal. Dried cranberries, sliced apples, pears or strawberries are yummy in a salad!
      • Dress-up hamburgers, chicken, fish, baked potatoes and sandwiches with salsa, chopped green peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and onions.
    • Choose fruits & veggies at a meal or snack time they aren't normally eaten.
      • Use orange slices, grapes and baby carrots as quick snacks.
      • At breakfast, top a canned pear with frozen strawberries or make a sliced tomato and low fat mozzarella cheese breakfast sandwich.
    • Try something new--be bold.
      • Taste test a raw veggie you don't normally eat. Raw zucchini, cucumber, and snap peas are great munchies.
      • Try a new variety. If you always eat red apples, try a green or yellow apple.
    • Use produce to color a meal or snack--to make it more enjoyable and appealing.
      • Toss in a few carrot slices when cooking green beans.
      • Add chopped green grapes to canned peaches.
  2. Activity Idea: How many colors can you get into a salsa?
    • Either write the following recipe ingredients on a board and discuss them or try out the recipe!
    • Send the recipe home and encourage kids and their families to try it.

Cranberry Salsa from the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum Taste and Learn Recipes
Preparation -10 minutes, Serves 8 or 32 (2 Tbsp.) tasting samples

Ingredients:
4 oz. 100% cranberry juice
1-1/2 cups diced tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh sliced cranberries
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup diced avocado
1/2 cup diced pineapple
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno peppers
2 garlic cloves
optional: black pepper
Baked chips for dipping

Directions:
1. Place juice into a saucepan. Boil about 5 minutes. Let cool.
2. Dice or slice the fruits & veggies, then place in a large mixing bowl.
3.Crush the garlic cloves, measure 1 tsp. and place in the mixing bowl. Add a dash of pepper, if desired.
4. Pour the syrup over the mixing bowl contents and stir thoroughly.
5. Serve with baked chips.

This activity is found on page 69 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.