Help kids discover how to enjoy the taste of eating right using HKC events and parent connections. Try our AWESOME interactive events for health fairs and parent nights.
For Educators and Youth Leaders
Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
Welcome to this exciting 2014 National Nutrition Month with the theme: Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right! Event ideas can be as simple as you wish. We have some wonderful resources listed here to help make your planning quick and easy!
Taste and Learn Recipe Books in English and Spanish
Parent Tips Handouts in English and Spanish
Host an Explore MyPlate event in a school library or gym to help them enjoy tasting new healthy foods from every food group. Our event guide has it all spelled out for you!
Stage a fun, friendly Ready, Set, Cook & Eat cooking competition during National Nutrition Month. Everyone goes home with new recipes and new foods to try. Use the three recipes below for the ingredients in 3 shopping bags:
Tortilla Pizza - see recipe below
Fruit Mix Up - see recipe below
How to Connect with Parents
Encourage Parents with Hear, See, Do Tips
Cut and paste our WOWS newsletter Parent Tips into your own newsletters.
Learn more on our blog, starting with How to Get Parents On Board with Healthy Changes.
"We have enjoyed this program so much because it enabled us to focus on how we can help our parents help their children become healthier and better informed about the roles of good nutrition and exercise. The smiles on the faces of those we serve say it all."-Library Director, Sabetha, KS
How Can YOU Take the Healthy Kids Challenge?
Make Healthy Choices Easy
Challenge yourself and your kids to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” during this National Nutrition Month.
Challenge 1: Share family meals
Try the Oregon Shared Meals Initiative
“Research shows that regular family meals boost consumption of dairy, fruits, vegetables, and grains, and reduce consumption of soft drinks. Youth who have regular family meals also do better in school, are more motivated and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.”
To help kids enjoy eating right, have them help shop, prepare, and taste new recipes and flavors all throughout the month of March.
Challenge 2: Make tortilla pizza and fruit mix-up for a family meal
Food Safety Reminder
- Clean hands, food contact surfaces, and fruits and veggies.
- Separate raw, cooked, & ready-to-eat foods while shopping, storing, and preparing foods.
- Cook foods to a safe temperature.
- Chill (refrigerate) perishable foods promptly. 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Preparation Time: 5 minutes. Serves: 6 servings
- 12 small corn or flour tortillas
- 1-16 oz. can fat free refried beans
- 1⁄4 cup chopped onion
- 2 oz. fresh or canned green chili peppers, diced
- 6 Tbsp. red taco sauce
- 3 cups chopped vegetables (such as broccoli, mushrooms, bell peppers)
- ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese Vegetable oil 1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
- Brush one side of each of two tortillas with water. Press the wet sides of the tortillas together to form a crust for the pizza.
- Brush the outside of the tortillas with a small amount of oil. Evenly brown both sides in a heated frying pan. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. Set aside.
- Heat refried beans, chopped onion, and half of the diced chili peppers together in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Spread about 1/3 cup of the bean mixture on each tortilla pizza.
- Sprinkle each pizza with 1 tablespoon taco sauce, then top with ½ cup of chopped vegetables, 1 teaspoon of diced chili peppers, and 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese.
- Return to frying pan and heat until cheese melts. Top with cilantro, if desired.
- Cut pizzas into quarters and serve on dessert plates for tasting.
- Clean work area and utensils with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water.
Per full-size serving (1 pizza): 257 Calories, 9.0g Pro, 5.8g Fat, 20% Calories from Fat
Recipe Source: (Modified) www.fruits&veggiesmatter.gov. Accessed 6/11.
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes. Serves: 9 (1 cup) servings
- 6 cups crushed pineapple, packed in juice and drained
- 2-1/4 cups frozen blueberries
- 3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
- In advance, keep blueberries frozen.
- Wash hands with soap and water before handling food or utensils to prevent the sprea of germs.
- Using a clean cutting board and sharp knife, chop the dried apricots into small pieces. Measure 1 cup and place in the large mixing bowl.
- Place the drained pineapple in the mixing bowl and stir.
- Add the frozen blueberries to the bowl and stir gently. Serve.
- Clean-up work area and utensils with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water.
Per 1 cup serving: 134 Calories, 0.5g Protein, 0.3g Fat, 2% Calories from Fat