Hey guys! I’m popping in quick today with a little bit of a different post than usual, but after hearing about this company and the campaign they’re currently running, I knew it was something I just had to share.
Whenever I hear about organizations that benefit children and help to raise awareness and educate families on the benefits of healthy eating, I’m immediately intrigued. And that is exactly what Produce for Kids® does.
They’re a national organization dedicated to doing just that, providing simple meal solutions and raising money for children’s non-profit organizations. Produce for Kids partners with the produce industry and local grocery store retailers to host two campaigns each year. During these campaigns, they raise funds for children’s nonprofit organizations while educating families about the benefits of healthy eating with fresh produce. The best part (besides fruits and veggies, of course): ALL funds raised stay local and go to area children’s organizations. I love that, so, so much.
While there are a number of supermarkets partnering with Produce for Kids® for the Annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, one of our local stores here is Price Chopper Supermarkets. The joint campaign, which runs June 15 through July 26, will educate families on the benefits of healthy eating and raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.
When shoppers purchase participating fresh fruits and vegetables at Price Chopper, they will be helping to make a donation to local children’s hospitals. Participating produce suppliers will make a sales-based donation; the more participating produce brands* a family buys, the more hope they can give to local children.
Of course, what fun is it to talk about buying fresh produce without sharing how to use all of the delicious stuff?! So today, I’ve got 3 fun recipes that are perfect for the adults AND the kiddos.
Pistachio-Chip Trail Mix
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Serves 2
- 2 Setton Farms Chewy Bite bars (crumbled)
- 2 Tbsp. milk chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
- 1⁄4 cup banana chips
1. Combine bars, chocolate chips, coconut, sunflower seeds and banana chips in sandwich bag; mix well.
Tropical Smoothie & Breakfast Pizza
- 1⁄2 cup peaches, peeled, sliced
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup 1% milk
- 1⁄2 banana
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 (6-inch) whole wheat pita
- 3 Tbsp. almond butter
- 3⁄4 cup apples, sliced
- 1 Tbsp. sliced almonds
- 1 tsp. honey
1. Place peaches, vanilla, milk, banana and honey in blender and blend until smooth. Add ice as desired for thicker smoothie.
1. Toast pita, top with almond butter, apples and almonds. Drizzle with honey and cut in half.
Vegan Greek Pitas
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Serves 3
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 11⁄2 tsp. oregano
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 whole wheat pita breads
- 1⁄2 cup hummus
- 6 Romaine lettuce leaves
- 1⁄4 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted, chopped
1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion, pepper, oregano and garlic. Cook 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
2. Warm pitas (optional) in microwave or stovetop.
3. Slice each pita in half, making six pockets. Spread hummus on inside of pitas. Fill evenly with pepper mixture, lettuce, tomatoes and olives.
Finally, Produce for Kids and Price Chopper offered to provide me with a $25 gift card to give away to a lucky STSL reader. But I say…
- If we can get 100 entries on this giveaway post, I’ll personally add a second $25 gift card to give away (2 winners!)
- Leave a comment on this post telling me anything about your favorite produce and how you’ve been loving it these days.
- (BONUS!) Share the giveaway on Twitter and leave a separate comment letting me know that you did (be sure to tag @SweetToothCourt and @ProduceforKids!).
I’ll choose a winner (or two) on Monday, June 30th. Good Luck!
*The following companies proudly support the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign and your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
- A. Gurda Produce Romaine Lettuce, Radishes & Red C Potatoes
- Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy BitesTM
- Shuman Produce – RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions
- Summeripe® Peaches, Plums, & Nectarines
- Turbana® Bananas
- Westmoreland Sales – TopLine Farms Seedless Cucumbers
To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, healthy eating tips and tricks and delicious recipes that call for spring produce, visit www.produceforkids.com, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post but I did receive a gift card to thank me for my time in spreading the word about Produce for Kids®.