This is a collaborative post on behalf of the Produce for Kids campaign and Acme Markets. All opinions are my own.
Do you have struggle to find ways to make sure your kids are eating enough fruits and vegetables. I do. Even though we live on a 500 acre fruit and vegetable farm, my kids don’t always make the healthiest food choices. It’s crazy because we are fortunate enough to live smack dab in the middle of a very productive 500 acre garden.
Today I am teaming up with Produce For Kids and Acme Markets to help spread the word about the importance of healthy food choices. Produce for Kids is a national organization dedicated to educating families on the benefits of healthy eating, 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 several campaigns each year to 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 organizations!
This spring, ACME stores will join retailers nationwide to participate in Produce for Kids’ spring campaign, which will raise money for Philabundance, Philadelphia’s largest Feeding America food bank. The campaign will run April 24 through June 4, is supported by 11 participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, representing every major category of fresh produce. ACME grocery shoppers are encouraged to purchase more nutritious fruits and vegetables and, in exchange, suppliers will make a donation to Philabundance through June 4. ACME shoppers can also sample simple, healthy Produce for Kids recipes at select stores on May 15.
Healthy eating habits need to begin at home. Living on a farm, we take our produce pretty seriously. It’s our livelihood, after all. Feeding America and helping to educate everyone about the importance of fruit and vegetables is an important job. While I like to stress the importance of healthy eating with my kids, I like to make food fun! I find that kids are more apt to enjoy (or try) fruits and vegetables if they are prepared or showcased in a creative way that will entice them to eat them.
Veggie Roll Ups are one of those fun foods. It’s my take on sushi made with all vegetables. I used Marie’s Parmesan Caesar Yogurt Dressing for the delicious flavor. These are perfect for an afternoon snack or even as a meatless meal. Another great thing about these Veggie Roll Ups – – you can use any type of vegetables your kids like. For this recipes, I used red peppers, cucumbers, carrots and string beans. These are almost like eating veggies and dip, but in a rolled-up snack.
Veggie Roll Ups can’t be any simpler to make. Simply spread a layer of the Marie’s Dressing and then a layer of each vegetable.
Fun, colorful and delicious! What are some fun ways you like to feed your kids fruits and vegetables? Be sure to check out the Produce for Kids website where you can find a lot of great recipes your kids will enjoy.
- 2 whole wheat or flour tortillas
- 2 tablespoons Marie's Parmesan Caesar Dressing
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 small red pepper thinly sliced
- 1/2 English cucumber thinly sliced
- 1/4 lb. steamed green beans
- Spread one tablespoon of dressing on each tortilla.
- Layer each vegetable over dressing.
- Roll up tortilla tightly.
- With a sharp knife, trim off each end and then cut into 4 equal pieces.