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Super Power Veggies

Tina Miller, MS RD Meijer Healthy Living Advisor, www.meijerhealthyliving.com

Super Power Vegetables! Produce for Kids at Meijer

 

Tina Miller 2011We’re rocking it…Produce that is!  The spring Produce for Kids campaign at Meijer runs May 31 through June 27 to support child nutrition and health education.  Partnerships with Produce for Kids, Meijer and select fruit and vegetable companies have raised more than $1 million to benefit children’s charities. Last fall’s campaign raised over $60,000, which allowed the Jump with Jill program to take place in 27 schools in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

 

A familiar initiative to families in the Midwest, Jump with Jill is armed with catchy songs, upbeat dance moves, and a hip wardrobe to engage kids on the subject of health and leave them empowered to eat better.  Meijer offers a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables to make it easier for families to live out what they learned from Jump with Jill in the produce department of their local grocery store.

 

“At Meijer, our mission is not only to provide our customers with a fresh and healthy experience every time they enter our stores, but to also create strong local communities through school programs like Jump with Jill,” according to Shari Steinbach, MS RD and Meijer healthy living manager. “We are proud to partner with Produce for Kids on an effort that encourages our shoppers to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables to their families.”  Check out Jump with Jill in this video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpUEyB_UIsg

 

Visit www.produceforkids.com for registered dietitian approved recipes and meal ideas. Your purchases of participating brand products contribute to the Meijer-Produce for Kids nutrition education efforts.  Participating produce brands include:

 

Bolthouse Farms: Carrots & Juices

Dole: Packaged Salads

Earthbound Farm: Organic Mixed Baby Kale

Green Giant: Fresh Klondike Rose Potatoes & Red Potatoes

Grower Direct: California Cherries

HMC Marketing: California Peaches, Plums & Nectarines (fresh)

Marzetti: Refrigerated Salad Dressing

NatureSweet: Sunbursts Tomatoes & Cherubs Tomatoes

RealSweet: Vidalia Onions

SUNSET: Tomatoes on the Vine

SunWest: California Peaches, Plums & Nectarines

Well-Pict Berries: Strawberries

 

Produce for Kids Recipes

 

Kale and Bacon Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

Get a hearty dose of veggies first thing in the morning with these breakfast stuffed peppers. They’re filled with veggies and packed with protein for a filling breakfast any day of the week.

 

Serves: 4

 

2 bell peppers, seeded, cut in half lengthwise

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 RealSweet Vidalia Onion, diced

1/2 Sunset Vine Ripened Tomato, seeded, chopped

3 slices bacon, chopped

1 cup Earthbound Farm® Deep Green Blends™ Kale

4 eggs

2 tablespoons 1% milk

1/2 cup Meijer shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup salsa

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Arrange pepper halves in 13×9-inch baking dish.
  3. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat; add onion and cook 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, bacon and kale, and cook 2-3 minutes. Spoon vegetables into pepper halves.
  4. Whisk eggs and milk in small bowl until well blended. Pour evenly over vegetable mixture in pepper halves.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, top peppers with cheese and return to oven. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Top each pepper with 2 Tbsp. salsa.

Per serving: 435 calories, 8g fat, 4g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 15g protein.

Adapted from: Produce for Kids.  All recipes courtesy of www.produceforkids.com

 

 

Super Food Salad

This superfood salad is packed with flavor and nutrition! Kale is a good source of dietary fiber, protein, iron and Vitamins A & C. Add your favorite protein, like grilled chicken, tofu or beans, for a hearty meal in minutes.

 

Serves 2

2 cups Earthbound Farm® Deep Green Blends™ Kale

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup Bolthouse Farms matchstick carrots

1/2 cup NatureSweet® Cherub Tomatoes, halved

4 tablespoons Marzetti light vinaigrette dressing

  1. Combine kale, blueberries, carrot sticks, and tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing.
  2. To make it a full meal, add a protein source such as grilled chicken, beef or hard-boiled eggs.

Per serving: 115 calories, 4g fat, 19g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 4g protein.


 

Peach Pie Smoothie

Enjoy the fresh, summer taste of peach pie in a glass! Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for a fun, healthy dessert.

 

Serves 2

 

3/4 cups Silk® plain almond milk

2 SunWest peaches, chilled, sliced

1/3 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup Meijer plain low-fat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® nutmeg

1/2 cup crushed ice

 

  1. Combine almond milk, peaches, oats, yogurt, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and ice in blender. Blend until smooth

Per serving: 250 calories, 4g fat, 47g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 9g protein.

Hidden Veggie Meatballs

Give a family favorite a healthy makeover! These meatballs are packed with veggies and made with turkey, to give them a healthy spin. Serve with veggie rice or potatoes for a delicious dinner or as a fun appetizer.

 

Serves 6

 

1 RealSweet Vidalia Onion, chopped

1/2 cup Bolthouse Farms carrots, chopped

4 mini sweet peppers, chopped

1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

1 large egg

1 pound Jennie-O lean ground turkey

1 cup Marzetti Light Honey French Dressing

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place onion, baby carrots and peppers in food processor and blend until smooth. Alternatively, finely chop ingredients by hand.
  3. Combine bread crumbs, egg, turkey and veggie mixture in bowl, mix well. Form mixture into 24 golf ball-sized meatballs.
  4. Place in baking dish and bake for 25 minutes or until slightly browned and meat is no longer pink.
  5. Remove from oven and toss with dressing. Serve with baked Red Potatoes and side salad.

Per serving: 265 calories, 16g fat, 11g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 19g protein.