It was a couple of years ago that I first discovered the handy Ideal Meals card display at my local Kroger. There were so many different recipes to choose from that looked delicious! I have to say our fruit and vegetable consumption has totally increased since I’ve become more aware of how much we are (or were NOT) eating every day! I love the inspiration that the site gives readers which includes informative articles, including the 10 Fun Summer Cookout Ideas or the Top 10 Fruits & Veggies for Spring.
Do you sense a theme here? Yes! Produce for Kids is celebrating their 10th anniversary! Their philosophy is simple: promote healthy lifestyles for children by educating kids and parents about the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables while also supporting worthy children’s charities and local children’s hospitals, including those affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network.
This year I asked my kids to take the recipe cards and put them in order of their favorites. They chose the Perfectly Petite Pizzas. They were SO easy to make and we had most of the ingredients on hand already (minus the roast beef).
- 2 whole wheat English muffins
- 4 Tbsp. tomato sauce
- ¼ lb. deli roast beef
- ¼ lb. mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 4 Tbsp. guacamole
- 1 medium tomato, sliced
- 2 mini cucumbers, sliced
- 1. Toast English muffins.
- 2. Spread 1 Tbsp. tomato sauce on each English muffin. Add roast beef, cheese, 1 Tbsp. guacamole, tomato and cucumber.
The Produce for Kids Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign is happening now through the July 24th. Look for this year’s Idea Meals recipe cards in the produce section at one of 16 participating supermarket chains in your area. The Idea Meal cards are nutritionist and chef created and include great ideas for dinner, lunch, breakfast an snacks. Some of the stores are even hosting in-store appearances of Sprout channel characters (they’ve recently partnered with Sprout—look for more exciting things to come out of this partnership this fall!)
How can you help? When you purchase participating companies’ produce during the campaign dates, a percentage of all sales will go towards local charities. This spring the local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in areas across the nation are benefiting!
Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce For Kids has raised more than $3.1 million for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. To learn more, visit www.produceforkids.org or www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org
Now here’s the best part? I’m hosting a $25 Grocery Card Giveaway for ONE lucky reader! Who can’t use $25 towards groceries?
Here’s How To Enter (Primary Entry):
Leave a comment with your favorite way to include fruits or vegetables into your family’s meals.
ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (OPTIONAL):
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-Do all of the above and leave a comment below for each and get an additional entry for each–that means you can get up to 7 entries total!
Giveaway ends Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:59 p.m CST. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Gina M.! She was chosen by Random.org as the winner. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If prize is not claimed a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be posted on blog and if an email is given, they will be contacted via email. Open to U.S residents only (sorry to my Int’l. readers!)
Supermarket partners participating in the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign include: AcmeMarkets; Kroger’s Texas division, King Soopers and City Market stores; PriceChopper (New England area), GIANT and Martin’s Food Stores, Giant Landover, Stop & Shop; Meijer Stores; Publix Super Markets; Homeland and other Independent Grocers of Oklahoma.
Disclosure: I have not received any compensation for this promotion and all the opinions expressed here are my own honest feelings about the product.