With National Nutrition Month upon us in the United States and Canada, maybe it’s time to spend less time talking about childhood obesity rates and more time talking about how to involve kids in healthy eating. With that in mind, The Junior Leagues are offering a “healthy but fun” recipe for every day in March. Why? Because it’s a good way of drawing attention to the success of our Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative, now in its fifth year and active in more than 200 communities around the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Mexico.
“Childhood obesity is a critical problem for our country, and we support the work done by a wide range of government, social service and volunteer organizations in addressing it,” says AJLI President Debbie Robinson. “But two things are often overlooked in the fight against childhood obesity. First, the need to find ways to bring parents and their children together in the kitchen and, second, the need to make it fun for both!”
Beginning March 1, The Junior League will be posting a fun, kid-friendly recipe everyday of National Nutrition Month via Twitter. Follow @JuniorLeague for recipes you and your kids can make and enjoy together! The Junior Leagues’ “healthy but fun” selection of recipes are drawn from Junior Leagues In The Kitchen With Kids: Everyday Recipes And Activities For Healthy Living, the exclusive kids’ cookbook from the Kids in the Kitchen program; EatingWell, one of the program’s many educational supporters, and Junior League volunteers.
Just in case you want to head to the kitchen right now with your kids, our month’s worth of menus that they can cook – and will enjoy eating – with you will be posted here too!
- March 1: Start the day right with the Wake-Up Smoothie and its delicious blend of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.
- March 2: Plan ahead for lunch with Pita Pocket Paradise, stuffed with tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and avocados.
- March 3: Try some Green Goblin Veggies which are not as scary as they sound.
- March 4: A brunch suggestion from our Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen supporter, EatingWell: Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast
- March 5: Chili Turkey Burgers are a healthier alternative to your classic all beef burgers
- March 6: Can’t have that Chili Turkey Burger without fries; try these Sweet Potato French Fries.
- March 7: Get a boost of antioxidants with these EatingWell Blueberry-Maple Muffins.
- March 8: Want a colorful way to serve kids salad, then Stoplight Corn Salad is great.
- March 9: A twist on that kid finger-food favorite, fish sticks, courtesy of Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen supporter, EatingWell.
- March 10: Instead of “death by chocolate,” how about “health-by-chocolate cookies?”
- March 11: How about Banana Sushi: a fun way to serve up a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
- March 12: EatingWell‘s Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes are hearty & healthy enough to stand as a main course
- March 13: Try Grown-up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: to help those kids who can’t wait to grow up but in a healthy way.
- March 14: How about mashed potatoes without the potatoes? The secret: cauliflower.
- March 15: Follow up a healthy dinner with a healthy dessert: banana pudding cups.
- March 16: Forget the frozen breakfast foods, try EatingWell’s Multi-Grain Waffles.
- March 17: Here’s a twist on the classic peanut butter & jelly sandwich: PB&J Burritos.
- March 18: EatingWell’s Strawberries-and-Cream Parfaits are as healthy as they look tasty.
- March 19: Appeal to kids’ preference for eating with their hands with Quickie Quiches.
- March 20: No time to prepare breakfast, how about an On-the-go-omelet?
- March 21: Surprise kids with pizza for breakfast & we don’t mean leftovers of last night’s delivery.
- March 22: Instead of mac & cheese from the box, how about EatingWell’s Updated Mac & Cheese?
- March 23: Not all foods on a stick have to be unhealthy, like these Fun Fruit Kabobs.
- March 24: These Better Burritos are great served for lunch or dinner.
- March 25: Here’s a drink that’s both healthy & delicious, Cow in the Apple Orchard.
- March 26: Cheese and Apple Sailboats are a quick, healthy snack even very young kids can make themselves.
- March 27: EatingWell spaghetti & meatballs is a healthy take on a classic.
- March 28: There’s nothing wrong with playing with your food when it’s Incredible Edible Playdough Cookies.
- March 29: Tuna melts are a lunchtime favorite; EatingWell’s Tuna Melt is a healthy favorite too.
- March 30: Kids can help make their own crispy snack with these Cinnamon Chips.