Here is a guide to help parents celebrate at home with their kids and challenge their family to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables this month!
With growing season in full swing, local fresh produce is much easier to find, which makes June the perfect month to celebrate fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out these tips from Project Bread's team of professional chefs on how to get your kids to eat more fresh fruits and veggies on a daily basis.
1. Often, kids won't reach for fresh fruits or veggies as a snack on their own, but if you cut them up and put them on a plate in front of them, our chefs say the fruit will magically disappear!
2. Most kids love pasta (try whole wheat!) and tomato sauce. You can sneak extra veggies into the dish by pureeing carrots, shredded zucchini and chopped up spinach right into the sauce. Our chefs suggest making turkey meatballs with spinach and mushrooms to go with your pasta!
3. Our chefs have never heard a kid say, "Ew, gross, a smoothie!" ...and that's because smoothies are delicious! They are packed with fresh fruits, but don't shy away from throwing in some other healthy foods - try leafy greens like spinach or kale, avocado, beets, seeds and nuts. Most of the time you don't even know they're in there, and they give your smoothie a healthy boost.
4. Involving kids in the process of making food gets them to eat it. Our chefs suggest making pizza with lots of veggie toppings - have the kids select three vegetables they want to put on their pizza, and get them involved in the kitchen. Peppers (get colorful! red, green, yellow, orange), onions, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, and even asparagus or kale all make great toppings. Have kids chop, dice and mince the veggies for their own personal pizzas!
5. Try quesadillas with veggie fillings! Get the kids involved - it's the best.
Try these healthy recipes that incorporate fresh veggies, created by Project Bread chefs!
At Project Bread, we believe the opposite of hungry isn't just full, it's healthy. Good food is a basic right, and we work to ensure that food-insecure individuals across Massachusetts have access to healthy food throughout the year, including fresh fruits and vegetables!
Thank Massachusetts Congressional leaders for protecting SNAP
In Massachusetts, 1 in 9 residents receives SNAP. And in FY2016, SNAP kept 141,000 of our state’s residents out of poverty.
Right now, Congress is threatening to turn SNAP into a block grant. If SNAP were to become a block grant, each state would receive a pre-determined amount to spend. States would determine who was eligible or they could decide that everyone gets lower benefits. And when the funding ran out (even if there was another economic recession), SNAP recipients would be left to fend for themselves until the next budget cycle. In other words, block grants aren’t grants – they are cuts.
So what can you do? Click here to send an email directly to Massachusetts Senators and Representatives, thanking them for ensuring that SNAP remains fully funded.
URGENT: All the state funding for our Chefs in Schools program was unexpectedly cut! We need your help to recover $250,000 of lost public funding to continue our work to transform school food in more than 100 low-income Massachusetts schools this school year. Click here to learn more and to donate, and be sure to spread the word using the #SaveChefsinSchools hashtag.