I am joining Produce for Kids to further encourage children and parents to find creative ways to incorporate fruits and veggies this holiday season. I am a firm believer that food fun can be healthy! So, I’m pulling out my Honey Dew Tree Forest and Grinch-ified Fake Shake to share. They are simple food combinations that will make memories at your counters this holiday season & are perfectly paired activities for watching the holiday specials together. In addition to sharing some of my creative holiday food finds, I want to let you know about a special campaign that Produce for Kids is doing;
During the holiday season, Produce for Kids will donate one meal to aid in Feeding America’s® disaster relief efforts for every share of its Holiday Meal Drive Facebook post and new Produce for Kids Facebook fan (see the pic below). Produce for Kids’ first Holiday Meal Drive took place during the 2016 holiday season and helped to secure 15,223 meals for families in need through Feeding America. Meals raised through the Holiday Meal Drive will go to areas affected by recent hurricanes, including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as the recent wildfires in California. So click here to help make a difference of this worth campaign and make it your Random Act of Kindness this holiday season; it only takes a click!
Fruit Trees and Snow Dip with Jodie Fitz
Tree cookie cutter
Cut the honeydew melon in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds. Cut long strips of the melon; use the width of the cookie cutter as a size measurement. Remove the rind. Use the cookie cutter to cut out a tree. Add a skewer to the bottom of the tree for forest placement (see below).
Dice any leftover honeydew for a snack or combine it with any leftover fruit from the next tree & create a fruit salad.
Styrofoam rectangle (can be purchased at your local craft stores)
Cover the Styrofoam base with a snow blanket covering and add the trees to create a fruit forest.
8 oz. Greek vanilla yogurt
4 oz. low fat vanilla yogurt
Fold the yogurts together and serve.
Grinch-ified Fake Shake by Jodie Fitz
2 cups fresh baby leaf spinach
2 cups fat-free frozen yogurt
1 1/2 cups low-fat or fat-free milk
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 – 4 fresh mint leaves, small
Add the baby leaf spinach, the frozen yogurt, the milk, honey, vanilla extract and mint leaves into the blender and blend thoroughly before serving.
Mint Alternative: If you don’t like the taste of fresh mint, simply omit it and replace it with one drop of mint or peppermint extract.
Through in-store and online programs over the last 15 years, Produce for Kids has donated more than $6 million to charities like Feeding America that benefit families and children.