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10 Cool Summer Treats

Thanks to Produce for Kids for sharing these refreshing cool summer treats. Check out all of the recipes below. We sure can’t wait to try them during the hot summer days!

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Summer heat burning you up? Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and cool down with one of these produce-packed cool summer treats!

PB&J Popsicles: These pops get their “jelly” flavor from fresh strawberries and blueberries, helping the whole family sneak in more produce!

Banana Fro-yo: This smooth and creamy dessert uses bananas for a lighter, creamer and healthier version of frozen yogurt.

Green Smoothie Pops: Enjoy the goodness of a green smoothie in a fun, frozen treat! Kids won’t even know they’re eating veggies.

Splash of Fun Fruit Juice: Serve this cool juice recipe in the summer, when watermelon’s season is at its peak.

Pineapple Pear Shake: Frozen yogurt gets an extra sweet twist with the addition of pineapple and pears in this refreshing recipe.

Very Berry Peach Lemonade: Peaches and berries give this lemonade natural sweetness and color for a refreshing summer drink.

Peach Pie Smoothie: Enjoy the fresh, summer taste of peach pie in a glass! Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for a fun, healthy dessert.

Banana Crunch Popsicles: A crunchy, frozen treat that kids will love to eat! These popsicles are a perfect make-ahead idea for a healthy treat for summer.

Berry Cherry Frozen Yogurt Bites: These yogurt bites are perfectly portioned and bite-sized for little ones. Packed with protein and crunchy nuts, they’re also a healthful dessert.

Smoothie Pops: Make an extra batch of pops to have on hand during hot summer days as a refreshing, protein-packed and sweet treat.

Super Green Smoothie: Cool off and sneak in extra veggies with this recipe. Kids won’t be able to taste the spinach, but will be getting an extra boost of healthy.

 

This post originally appeared on the Produce for Kids Blog.

 

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PFK_final_logos_webProduce for Kids is a cause marketing company that helps families eat healthier through its promotion of fresh produce, bank of 200+ recipes and blog full of healthy family living tips and advice. Through our partnerships with grocery stores and produce companies, we’ve raised more than $5 million for children’s charities since 2002. Follow Produce for Kids on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram and visit produceforkids.com.

 

Build a Better Burger

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We love having Produce for KidsBuild a Better Burger on our blog! Today they are here with a fun way to get kids involved in the burger-building process. Here’s to healthy burgers!

Summer is here and Memorial Day and Fourth of July is right around the corner! Grilling out burgers is a must for any summer cookout and definitely a family favorite in my household. Check out this handy infographic for building a better burger and let kids pick their own toppings! Or you can create a burger bar for a fun, themed cookout!

Don’t be afraid to get creative! One of my favorite things to do is to swap out some of the meat in our burgers for fresh veggies like mushrooms, onions and peppers. They keep burgers moist and add nutrition. Or try making homemade veggie burgers, like these Very Veggie Burgers!

 

This post originally appeared on the Produce for Kids Blog.

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Produce for Kids is a cause marketing company that helps families eat healthier through its promotion of fresh produce, bank of 200+ recipes and blog full of healthy family living tips and advice. Through our partnerships with grocery stores and produce companies, we’ve raised more than $5 million for children’s charities since 2002. Follow Produce for Kids on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram and

 

 

 

Take Time for Mom and Family

Once again, we are excited to feature our great partners over at the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) who provided us with the great content below.

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On top of their many (many!) roles, Moms are impressive jugglers. They are known to balance work routines with multiple school schedules, errands, team sports, and after school activities—all before getting out the door most mornings. During the busy weeks during the school year, Moms get all sorts of advice about the importance of maximizing “together time” by sharing meals and activities together, on top of their already crazy busy calendars.

As members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, we support busy Moms with free resources to help do just that! In addition to the resources shared by HWCF, we here at The OrganWise Guys, have a great kid’s club page on our website offering mom’s free resources such as fun videos, coloring and activity sheets. These are a great way to get a healthy conversation going with the kids while spending some valuable time together.

Speaking of valuable time, the month of May brings flowers of course, but also a couple of events that could help your family decompress and make plans for being more active and healthy together.

  • First, unplug. That’s right! May 4th – 10th is a national week of deliberate retreat from the screen. While this activity is largely aimed at children, seeking to get kids moving and outside for play, we’re all guilty of pinching family time with a sneak peek at our email and social media. Why not plug in by unplugging? The official “unplug” week may be coming to a close, but you can consider doing this once a week all year long to incorporate more quality family time.
  • Mother’s Day is May 10th. Enough said! Make a plan to put Mom in the center of things and plan something as simple as a hike and a picnic. Your family can benefit from getting some exercise on Mom’s special day.
  • Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick off of summer and falls on May 25th this year. Find all sorts of ways to spend quality time over a long weekend reading the Together Counts™ blog. Search topics from meal planning to healthy living and make it your go-to for ways to get together this summer.

Share ways you’re making the most of May by commenting below or at https://www.facebook.com/togethercounts

Signs Spring Has Sprung

Once again, we are thankful for our great partners over at the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) who provided us with the great content below. Happy Spring!

Family walking on path holding handsWas it was dark when your kids boarded the school bus this morning? Did you happen to notice birds chirping instead of the distant rumble of a snowplow? Although it’s hard to believe, spring has finally sprung! Wherever you are in the country, you likely had some record-breaking weather event that made this winter a particularly tough one. We’ve earned a couple of warm(er) days and mild(er) evenings, haven’t we?

A fun way to welcome spring and to make it a family affair is to turn it into dinner conversation starters. You and your family can make the most of this happy and rejuvenating time of year and learn a little something in the process with the following ideas:

Listen – Notice the sounds of spring morning and night by trying to identify back yard birds by their songs and calls. Songbirds and woodpeckers are among the first to be very active in the early spring. Grab the kids after dinner and take a fifteen-minute “bird listening” walk. Owls and red tail hawks will be active in the evening. Talk about what you’re hearing and see if the sounds are different at breakfast time. For more family outing activities check out the Together Counts™ blog.

Discover – Birds aren’t the only movers and shakers in springtime. Look down during those family walks and notice caterpillars, worms, a trickle of water from the thawing earth. Start a journal and have each person in your family note what they’re discovering. Discover more energy balance activities here.

Get moving – Spring means it’s time to get kids moving outside. Check out these energy balance tips for Pre-schoolers in celebration of Head Start’s 50th To commemorate the event, HWCF has created a new grant encouraging Head Start programs to encourage active healthy lifestyles. To apply or share with your local Head Start, please click here.

As members of the HWCF, we encourage active, healthy lifestyles as a way to stem overweight and obesity. HWCF’s free resources available on the Together Counts™ website, center around energy balance and being active and healthy together as a family. With summer approaching, it is important to bridge the gap between summertime and the school year with a continued emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices so make sure and and keep your children active and eating healthy during the summer months. You can find The OrganWise Guys programming at nearly 1,000 parks and recreation sites across the country this summer. Please contact us to locate a site near you!

Share your spring family fun with us by commenting below and also on the TogetherCounts Facebook page.

Celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week

We just returned from the Every Kid Healthy Coalition Summit in Washington D.C. It was so great to share ideas and best practices with other like-minded organizations collectively working to help kids live healthier lifestyles.

So, please join us in celebrating Every Kid Healthy™ Week from April 19-25! Launched by our partners at Action for Healthy Kids in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance when schools, students, parents, and community members come together to recognize their school’s wellness achievements through fun, engaging, and health- focused events. Over 1,000 schools are participating in 2015!

Want to get involved? If you work or are involved with your local school, this is your opportunity to host a super-lively health-promoting event! Events can range from health and wellness fairs, to healthy food taste tests, to fun runs, schools gardens, and more. Make sure to register your event in the Get in the Action Center to promote it and recruit volunteers. Parents, grandparents, and community members, you can get involved too! Just register as a volunteer to find a local event that can use your help. Additional information and resources can be found at EveryKidHealthyWeek.org.

Together, we make a difference in kids’ lives. Join us in taking the Every Kid Healthy Pledge to show your commitment and get the information and free resources you need to create healthier school environments for kids. You can take the Pledge here!