Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Produce for Kids :: Get Healthy, Give Hope Campaign

Did you know Kroger and Produce for Kids partners together for the annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign throughout the state of Texas? Celebrating 10 consecutive years raising money for Texas Children's Hospital and other local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, this year's initiative also partners with Sprout®, as well as LazyTown.

Now through July 24th, you can be a part of the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign by shopping the produce section in your local Kroger store. Produce for Kids will offer store shoppers collectible Ideal Meals (quick and easy healthy meal ideas) which are free and can be found in displays featuring LazyTown characters from the popular, health-focused, children’s series airing on Sprout®.

If you're a busy family craving fresh foods prepared quickly, Ideal Meals offer nutritious and culinary solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert centered around fruits and veggies. Below, you will find a couple of Ideal Meals recipes.

Have you already tried Produce for Kids' Ideal Meals? If so, which one did your family enjoy most? The boys and I made Chocolatey Fruit Skewers this afternoon and they were an absolute delight to eat. I can't wait to make the Smoothie Pops for my youngest's birthday party in a couple of weeks. What a healthy way to beat the heat!

Chocolatey Fruit Skewers

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 12 minutes

·   1 premade pound cake
·   8 strawberries, whole, leaves hulled
·   8 raspberries, whole
·   1 cup pineapple, cored, chunked
·   4 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
·   4 (6-inch) bamboo skewers

1. Cut pound cake into 4 1x3-inch rectangles and 8 1x1-inch squares.
2. Place 1 1x3-inch piece cake on plate, stick skewer in middle.
3. Add strawberry, raspberry, pineapple and 1x1-inch piece of cake to skewer.  Repeat with another 
    strawberry, raspberry, pineapple and 1x1-inch piece of cake.
4. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Nutrition Information:
Chocolatey Fruit Skewer Calories 354, Fat 2.5g, Protein 12g, Carbohydrate 52.1g, Fiber 2.4g, Cholesterol 9mg, Sodium 280mg, Calcium 348mg, Vitamin A 529 IU, Vitamin C 44.4mg, Iron 1.4mg

Smoothie Pops
Serves 16
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

·   1 large peach or mango, peeled and chopped
·   1 large nectarine, peeled and chopped
·   2 medium bananas, sliced
·   1 pt. strawberries or raspberries
·   ¼ cup orange or fruit juice
·   2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

Place all smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until just smooth.
Place 16 paper cups on a baking tray.  Pour smoothie into paper cups.  Place tray in freezer and freeze until slushy, about 20 minutes.  Remove tray from freezer and insert one popsicle stick into the center of each cup.  Return to freezer and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
To serve, tear away paper cup and place on plate. Enjoy!

Children can also participate in the excitement by visiting the new Kids Only! section on Produce for Kids to play healthy eating games, become a Super-Active Super Hero, and enter to win prizes.

You can follow Produce for Kids on Facebook and Twitter.

{Disclosure: This blog post is written on behalf of Produce for Kids. While I whole-heartedly support the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, I wanted my readers to know I will be supplied a gift for this review.}

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