It’s ironic that National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and National Hunger Awareness Month are both celebrated in June.
It’s also ironic that, in America, we feel compelled to warn about lack of awareness about a critical issue like hunger at the same time that we find it necessary to designate an entire month to awareness of the country’s seasonal bounty of fruits and vegetables.
So as a public service to the country’s parents, here are a few ideas on how you can integrate a love of fresh fruits and vegetables into your kids’ dietary consciousness in a way that may make them think it’s a good deal.
The recipes are drawn from In The Kitchen With Kids: Everyday Recipes And Activities For Healthy Living, the exclusive Kids in the Kitchen cookbook, and EatingWell Magazine, one of the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen’s educational supporters. Kids in the Kitchen programs are currently operated by more than 200 Junior Leagues in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Just in case you want to head to the kitchen right now with your kids, here’s a day’s menu that they can cook—and will enjoy eating—with you!
- Start the day right with the Wake-Up Smoothie and its delicious blend of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.
- Plan ahead for lunch with Pita Pocket Paradise, stuffed with tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and avocado.
- Make an after-school snack with Banana Sushi and its whole wheat bread, bananas and creamy peanut butter.
- Dig into a Better Burrito and enjoy its ground turkey, fresh vegetables, chili powder and low-fat cheese.
- Forget the delivery pizza and have the kids help you make a Smart Vegetable Pizza with broccoli, bell pepper and carrots.