Gifts from the Garden

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Monday, May 6

Think about your favorite foods. How many could grow in a garden?

Most of the time, foods that are grown from the earth are super nutritious. Produce, like strawberries, apples, green beans, potatoes, and carrots, can be grown in a garden. Next time you make a meal, check to see how many of your foods are made in a factory and how many come straight from the earth. 

Learn About Labels 
This week, check the labels of the FOOD you eat. The fewer ingredients the better. Watch this video to learn how to read a FOOD label. 




Tuesday, May 7

What is the most nutritious fruit you can find in your grocery store?
Kiwi! It has more Vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas.

Take advantage of produce that is in season! Make fruits easy to see and access at home. Wash, peel, and cut up grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, apples, or pears. Put them in a container to store in the fridge so you can quickly grab and go.

Wacky Fruit Facts
Did you know there is a fruit that smells like a skunk? Follow this link to learn more about some weird and wacky fruits.




Wednesday, May 8

With a partner, share one fresh FOOD you've never tried. Challenge yourself to eat it this week!

Sometimes it's easy to get in a routine of what we eat. That's not always bad - routines help us be consistent with our healthy habits. But, this week, make it a goal to add a new FOOD to your routine. And remember, be creative with how you prepare it. Some foods are great raw whiles others are best when grilled or baked in the oven. 

Ants on a Log
Try this recipe for Ants on a Log! You can swap out regular peanut butter for almond butter to try something new. 




Thursday, May 9

Have you ever eaten carrots fresh from the garden? Yummy! Try this veggie and a couple more colorful picks and make a veggie tray with a healthy ranch dip. 

Take advantage of produce that is in season. Make it convenient to pick the fit choice!
Make veggies easy to see and access at home. Wash, peel, and cut up any tasty veggies you want to eat during the week. Put them in a container to store in the fridge so you can quickly grab and go! Go beyond the basics and try something new, like beets or edamame.

Veggie Bites: Carrots
Mix it up and grab a bag of colored carrots!




Friday, May 10

Why shouldn't you tell an egg a joke?
It might crack up! 
Happy Egg Month! How many different ways can you eat eggs?

Eggs give your body important nutrients! They contain the protein and many vitamins your muscles need. Add some of your favorite veggies to scrambled eggs or an omelet to create a rainbow of colors on your plate.  

Funny Face Omelet
Get creative with your breakfast! Use healthy toppings like peppers, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes to create different faces in your omelet