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Healthy Food Swap at Baldwin Park Elementary

Students at Baldwin Park Elementary recently participated in a healthy food swap where they traded out their unhealthy items with healthier choices.  Thanks to the Baldwin Park Healthy School Team and volunteers for leading this effort.

Take Grains on the Go

Popcorn, whole-grain rice cakes and crackers are convenient, on-the-go snacks. Be sure to make at least half your grains whole.

Healthy Food for a Day Trip

Prep for a visit to a park, sporting event, or the zoo by packing dried fruit, cut-up veggies, or whole grain crackers for quick, healthy options.

How to Find Smart Snacks this Summer

We are thrilled to share a new resource from our partners at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation – the Healthier Generation Store with Amazon Business.  This tool is the first verified online store dedicated to selling products that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in School Standards.

With the Healthier Generation Store, you can make sure your school or district is meeting the Smart Snacks Standards, even outside of the cafeteria. From school stores and vending machines to fundraisers and classroom celebrations, the Healthier Generation Store can even be used for events thrown by student groups or the PTO/PTA.

If you’d like to get started in time for summer, it’s simple! With a free Amazon Business account, you can enjoy business-level pricing, tax-exempt purchasing, and free standard shipping on eligible orders of $25 or more.  Learn more at HealthierGeneration.org/Amazon today.

Keep Your Fridge Stocked

Make sure your fridge has healthy drinks ready to go. When kids open the fridge and see cold water, they’ll be more likely grab it.

 

Tips for a Healthy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun food holiday!  Add some green tint (Simple Homemaker has tips for natural tinting) for an instant St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Some of our favorite healthy St. Patrick’s Day treats from the web are listed below.  Have a favorite healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipe?  Share it with us below.

Enjoy!

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Fruit Leprachon from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

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Rainbow Veggies and Humus from JDaniel4’s Mom.

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St. Patrick’s Day breakfast from Meet the Dubiens.

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Leprechaun hats from Creative Food.

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St. Patrick’s Day lunch from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

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Pot o’ Gold Applesauce from Two Healthy Kitchens

Healthy Holiday Snacks at Brookshire Elementary

Ms. Overstreet’s class at Brokshire Elementary sure does know how to mix fun and healthy together!  Check out the cute candy canes and snowman snacks these Kindergarten students made from fruit.

Way to go, Ms. Overstreet’s Kindergarten class!

25 Days of Kid Friendly Healthy Holiday Snacks

From December 1st, through December 25th, we will be providing daily recipes to you with our favorite kid friendly, healthy, holiday themed snacks for the classroom (and home or other parties).  During this time when so much focus is on food (and most of that tends to be unhealthy choices) we think it’s a great idea to infuse healthy and FUN options into the mix.

We hope you’re as excited as we are!

For a sneak peak (and a bonus option), check out this Christmas Fruit Candy Cane from Kitchen Fun with My Three SonsChristmas-Fruit-Candy-Cane_PM

It doesn’t get much easier than this–slice a banana and a strawberry, alternate on plate in shape of candy cane.  Enjoy!

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive daily recipes over the next 25 days.

Do you have a favorite healthy holiday themed snack?  Share it with us and we’ll share it with the world.  Email us at healthykidstoday@wphf.org

Healthy Snacks for On-The-Go

The following on-the-go snacks are good choices for most kids and teens. But be sure to read labels for hidden ingredients, allergens, and surprising sugars and calories.

  • Whole fruits: apples, bananas, pears, nectarines, grapes, berries, cherries, melon wedges or chunks, kiwi, pineapple (not packed in syrup), plums, citrus fruits like clementines, tangerines, and oranges
  • Trail mix: avoid those with lots of candy; try to stick with nuts, dried fruit, and seeds (and okay, maybe a few chocolate chips)
  • String cheese*
  • Hard-boiled eggs*
  • Dry cereal (look for varieties with less than 5 grams of sugar per serving)
  • Whole-grain pretzels or baked chips or crackers
  • Popcorn, without butter or lots of added salt
  • Sandwiches made with whole grain bread and lean meats,* cheese,* or nut butters; add extra nutrients by including fruits or vegetables, like spinach leaves or thin slices of app
  • Fruit leathers (made with 100% fruitjuice or puree), dried fruits, or freeze-dried fruits
  • Squeezable yogurt* or applesauce (check labels for sugar content)
  • Raw vegetables: carrots, celery, sugar snap peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, green pepper or cucumber strips*
  • Lightly cooked vegetables, such as broccoli or cauliflower florets or edamame
  • Veggie chips, like sweet potato or kale; homemade is usually healthier, if you can swing it
  • Small to-go containers of healthy dips, such as hummus, salsa, and guacamole, to go with whole-grain pretzels or raw veggies
  • Beef or turkey jerky
  • Seeds: pumpkin and sunflower are popular
  • Nuts (in the shell is messier, but helps guard against overeating); watch labels for salt content
  • Cookies: fig bars, animal crackers, oatmeal cookies, graham crackers

*Requires refrigeration or a cooler with a cold pack