Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Get Kids Eating More Fruits and Vegetables: Action Idea and Download

Get Kids Eating More Fruits and Vegetables: Action Idea and Download  

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. 

Action Idea: Fruit and Veggie Challenge Solutions*


  1. Gather students and discuss the following solutions to eating more fruits & veggies. Allow kids to brainstorm ideas that will work for them.
    • Make fruits & veggies more available. To see more solutions, and specific actions to take, go to our Monthly Action Idea page and click on March Action Idea.
  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!
    • Identify the fruit and veggie colors represented in the salsa.
    • Send the recipe home and encourage kids and their families to try it.

Cranberry Salsa Recipe


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


  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.

Download: Fruits and Veggies - Variety Adds Appeal

It’s important to eat more fruits and veggies. It’s so easy to fall into the rut of choosing the same ones and growing tired of them. Add some interest and appeal to your produce choices by trying the following ideas.

  • Toss a Salad. Either fruit or veggie salads can provide a variety of tastes, colors, healthy fiber and antioxidants.
  • Click on the link to find all the tips on the download link.

*This lesson is found on page 69 of the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum, Grades 6-8. For more like this, check out HKC resources in our Online Store; be sure to check out the Table of Contents and sample pages.

Applying for a 2013 PEP Grant? These lessons and tips are perfect for helping you meet the nutrition education needs for increasing kids’ fruit and vegetable intake. See our PEP Grant Help page for more info.