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It’s Pumpkin Everything Season

Pumpkin is a perfect fall flavor and helps add vegetables to your day.

Recipes to try:

Take the Picky Out of Mealtime

From the American Heart Association:

That scrunched-up nose followed by “Yuck, nope, nuh uh.”

Sometimes it can be a real challenge to cook for a picky eater. But did you know that kids who get involved with meal prep are more likely to give the dish a try?

Get creative and spend time together in the kitchen. Put on some tunes and have them tear up the greens, wash veggies or mix and stir. You’ll get some sous chef action and they’ll be excited to taste their handiwork. Win-win!

Your challenge?  This week, make at least one dish together with your kids.  Click here for more information.

What’s on the Menu?

Let children help decide, such as choosing a vegetable side dish. Let them draw or write their choice to get them involved in meal planning.

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.

Prepare for the After-School Rush

Prep small containers of fruits or veggies the night before so kids can help themselves when they get home.

Go on a Grocery Field Trip

Use grocery shopping to teach kids about food and nutrition. Talk about where vegetables, fruits, protein foods, dairy, and grains come from. Help them make healthy choices.

What’s on the menu?

Let children help decide, such as choosing a vegetable side dish. Let them draw or write their choice to get them involved in meal planning.

Seasonal Produce Guide

It is summertime! It is the perfect time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden or your local Farmer’s Market. Check out the USDA’s Seasonal Produce Guide and discover which fruits and vegetables are in season right now. Get recipes and enjoy a healthy and fresh dinner tonight!

Stay Safe in the Sun and the Water

Summer is officially here! That can mean higher temperatures and lots of humidity. Here are a few tips whether you want to make the most of it outdoors or maintain a healthy lifestyle with the change in weather:

  • Rethink your drink – try sure to choose water over sugary drinks.
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes five days a week!
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables.
  • Make a plan to quit if you are still smoking.

Re-grow Your Salad

Want something super fun to do with the kids over the summer?  There are a number of fruits and vegetables you can easily re-plant and grow yourself, including lettuce, celery, bean sprouts, peppers, green onions and garlic. Re-grow your own salad with these vegetable scraps:

  1. Greens
    Lettuce, bok choy and cabbage are relatively easy to grow from scraps. Instead of throwing away the base, place it in a bowl with water. Once you notice roots beginning to appear along with new leaves you can plant in soil.
  2. Green onions
    Keep approximately two inches of the roots and base intact. Place the roots in about ½ inch of water with sunlight and change the water every other day. You can either transfer to soil or keep in the glass of water until ready to eat.
  3. Tomatoes
    Rinse the seeds from your tomato and allow them to dry. Plant in a pot with soil until a few inches tall before transplanting outdoors.
  4. Peppers
    Harvest the seeds from your favorite peppers and plant them in a sunny area.

Get more inspiration for growing your own veggies with this video!