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We all buy produce for your kids. I know I do for sure. We go through so many apples and bananas, I am thinking of buying a few trees ;) For MANY years, the boys have always been told, “Fruit is Free” and they may eat it as they wish. Now of course I wouldn’t let them eat a pile of apples in a day. Every parent knows that would be a mess! But they have grown to love things like cantaloupe and watermelon as well. With all the fruits and vegetables that we buy, we can now help others by doing what we do every week.

Produce for Kids has just launched its annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign with major supermarket chains across the country. One in my local area is Meijer! They are helping to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

How can you get involved? Now through June 22nd, the more produce Meijer shoppers add to their shopping lists, the more hope they can give to local children. All participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers at Meijer stores will make a consumption-based donation to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

You can find more details about this by visiting the Produce for Kids in-store display at your local store. It features easy-to-prepare recipes, helpful materials with additional information on the campaign. You can also find links to visit more than 90 easy Ideal Meals® recipes online! The display also features characters from the popular Sprout health-focused children’s series “LazyTown” and “The Chica Show,” along with tips on healthy eating for kids. We love LazyTown! I wish I could pull off Stephanie’s pink hair as well as she does :)

Looking for some great summer recipes? Below are some fantastic delicious and nutritious Produce For Kids recipes that will help you and your family stay cool as the weather heats up! The banana fro-yo is on my list of things to try this summer!

Banana Fro-Yo

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, peeled, chopped
  • 3 cups lowfat yogurt
  • 1 cup pineapple, cored, chopped
  • ¼ cup caramel dip

Directions:

  1. Place bananas in freezer bag and freeze overnight.
  2. Blend bananas, yogurt and pineapple in blender until thick and smooth.
  3. Portion and freeze for 25 minutes.
  4. Drizzle with caramel dip and serve.

Smoothie Pops & Super Cereal Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1 large peach or mango, peeled, chopped
  • 1 large nectarine, peeled, chopped
  • 2 medium bananas, peeled, sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, leaves hulled
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup orange or fruit juice
  • 2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 16 paper cups

Directions:

  1. Place all smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until just smooth.
  2. Place 16 paper cups on a baking tray. Pour smoothie into paper cups. Place tray in freezer and freeze until slushy, about 20 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Tear away paper cup and place on plate.

Super Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 banana, peeled, cut in half
  • ½ avocado, pitted, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach, gently packed
  • 1 cup green apple, cored, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 2 Tbsp. honey

Directions:

1. Blend milk, banana, avocado, spinach, apple, flax seed and honey in blender until smooth.

Disclosure: This post was written by me on behalf of Produce For Kids.  Any opinions, ideas and text expressed here are my own whether positive or negative.  This post is not endorsed, sponsored or has any connection to Twitter, Facebook or any other Social Media network that may be mentioned.

One Response to “Produce For Kids – Get Healthy, Give Hope”

  • polly says:

    I like your idea for the Smoothie Pops for my 5 year old grandson. He would enjoy these on a hot summer day!

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