I’ve said before that I’m always trying to get kids to eat healthfully, and I’ve even shared my tips on how to get kids to eat vegetables. You’ve also heard me say that I’m cheap. So when someone from Produce for KidsÂ® asked if we might want to do a giveway, I said, “Heck, yeah!”
But what, pray tell, isÂ Produce for KidsÂ®? Well, for that, I will blatantly copy from their website. Ready?
“Produce for KidsÂ® encourages healthy eating among families by providing simple, healthy meal solutions and resources for parents, while raising funds for local childrenâ€™s non-profit organizations.” Okay, sounds good to me.
But, like, how much money and for whom, you may ask? Why,
“. . . More than $3.7 million for childrenâ€™s non-profit organizations including Childrenâ€™s Miracle NetworkÂ® Hospitals, Letâ€™s Move Salad Bars To Schools and PBS KIDSÂ® among others.”
Excellent. Sound good to me. So whatever are these fine folks up to these days? For the answer to this compelling question, I will blatantly cut-and-paste from an email:
Produce for KidsÂ® has launched its annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign with 16 major supermarket chains across the country, including your local Price Chopper stores, to help raise money for local childrenâ€™s hospitals.
Now through July 28th, thanks to the annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign hosted by Price Chopper andÂ Produce for KidsÂ® the more produce shoppers add to their shopping lists the more hope they can give to local children. Produce for Kids is excited to kick off this yearâ€™s campaign with a new partnership with SproutÂ® and LazyTownTM. During the campaign, Produce for Kids will offer shoppers collectible Ideal MealsTMâ€“ quick and easy healthy meal ideas, which are free and can be found in displays featuring LazyTown characters from the popular, health-focused, childrenâ€™s series airing exclusively in the U.S. on 24-hour preschool television channel, Sprout.
Ideal Meals offer shoppers chef-created/nutritionist-approved easy solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables as the main ingredients, Ideal Meals are great for busy families who crave fast meal options that donâ€™t require stopping at the local drive-thru.
Okay. I like me some recipes. I’m always up for giving a new recipe a shot, even when it crashes and burns like that time I served them probably-vegan sweet potato and lentil stew. And some of these Ideal Meals recipes looked pretty yumma-num-num.
Such as. . . ?
Well, how about these smoothie pops?
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Â· 1 large peach or mango, peeled and chopped
Â· 1 large nectarine, peeled and chopped
Â· 2 medium bananas, sliced
Â· 1 pt. strawberries or raspberries
Â· Â¼ cup orange or fruit juice
Â· 2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
Place all smoothie ingredients in a blender and blend until just smooth.
Place 16 paper cups on a baking tray. Pour smoothie into paper cups. Place tray in freezer and freeze until slushy, about 20 minutes. Remove tray from freezer and insert one popsicle stick into the center of each cup. Return to freezer and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
To serve, tear away paper cup and place on plate. Enjoy!
And for those of you who are now pretty fed up with our imaginary conversation, here’s the answer to the only question you probably really care about, which is WHAT IS THE GIVEAWAY?
The giveaway is a $50 Price Chopper Gift Card along with some delightful Produce for KidsÂ® Ideal Meal cards! Yippee!
In order to enter, please comment one time below and share a fruit-or-vegetable triumph from your own household that may help other readers to get their families eating more healthfully. If you have never actually had any fruit-or-vegetable triumphs yet, your alternative comment can be to name one of the Ideal Meals recipes that you’d like to try. Except it has to be a recipe that’s not the smoothie, because that’s too easy, people.Â You must comment by Friday the 20th at noon. Then I’ll select a winner among the qualifying entries using my ol’ friend random.org
Finally, a note on karma: if you do win the $50 gift card you can spend it however you like, but if you blow it on cookies and ice cream, thus not providing nutrients to your children OR money to children’s hospitals,Â but you will feel shame, shame, shame every time you look in the mirror. Conversely,Â if you share this blog post via email or on Facebook with your friends, I believe that, even if you don’t happen to win, The Universe will reward you somehow, some way. So share away!
Good luck, everyone!