Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Get Ready to Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

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We can help you help kids “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” - the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme, which is right around the corner.

After all, a core part of our mission is to empower leaders to help kids to “eat, move, and enjoy healthy balance”. So while you might love a great new recipe to try, kids may not be thrilled at first with tasting new foods and flavors. But teaching them how to enjoy new food experiences is a skill that will serve them well for a lifetime!

Help kids enjoy the taste of eating right with our Taste and Learn recipes, some of which we will share throughout National Nutrition Month. These recipes are not only kid-approved, tasty, healthy recipes (the Taste) but are designed to help you enhance teachable moments with kids (the Learn). Hands-on experiences with food preparation and tasting help kids put nutrition education into practice. Following recipes also helps reinforce kids’ math, reading, and comprehension skills.

Apple Almond Salad Recipe (HKC’s Taste and Learn)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Serves: 8 servings or 32 (1⁄2 cup serving) tasting samples

  • 1 cup non-fat, bottled raspberry vinaigrette
  • 8 small apples, diced
  • 1 cup Craisins® or other dried fruit tidbits
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 8 cups bagged, pre-cut mixed greens


  1. In advance, rinse and drain the apples and mixed greens.
  2. In a large salad bowl, add the ingredients and toss gently.
  3. Serve 1⁄2 c. tasting samples on each small dessert plates with a fork.
  4. Clean work area and utensils with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water.

Per full-size serving (13⁄4 cups): 221 Calories, 5.2g Pro, 5.9g Fat, 24% Calories from Fat

Recipe Source:
(Modified) for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed 6/11.

Taste and Learn Activity Materials: MyPlate symbol

  1. Fill half of a standard size meal plate with salad and explain it represents the fruits and veggies of the MyPlate symbol.
  2. Discuss how eating that amount at meals helps kids get their suggested daily servings of fiber.
  3. Ask kids to think of the fruits/veggies they ate yesterday.
  4. Did the amount they ate fill half a plate? Have them draw a representation of their plate.
  5. Ask kids to create a menu using the recipe and the other MyPlate food groups (grains, protein and dairy).
  6. Have them create a grocery list for their menu.