September is National Fruits and Vegetables month! Celebrate with students through the fall months by eating healthy snacks made with seasonal foods.
Use the recipes below for healthy classroom celebrations, a fun twist to science or farm-to-school lessons, or to simply enjoy seasonal fruits and veggies.
- Grapes: Choose plump, firm grapes that are firmly attached to the stem.
- Peel or cut kiwi skin.
- Slices kiwis into ¼ to ½ inch slices. These will become the body of the turtle.
- Keep several whole grapes in a bowl off to the side.
- Cut several grapes into quarters. These will become the legs of the turtle.
- Assemble the kiwi slices in the middle of a plate, place two cut up grapes on each side (to create 4 legs), and place one whole grape at the end of the kiwi (to create the head).
- Take two kiwi seeds and place them on the head for eyes.
- Eat and enjoy!
- 1 Pear. Choose firm pears. Apply gentle pressure to the neck of the pear with your thumb. When the pear gives in to the pressure, it is ready to eat.
- 1 Apple
- 2 Kiwis
- 1 Orange
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Cinnamon graham crackers or other whole grain crackers
- Mixing bowl
- Cutting board
- Serving spoon
- Core and/or chop all fruit into fine, bite-sized pieces.
- Combine chopped fruit in a medium bowl.
- Pour honey and lemon juice over the fruit and gently toss.
- Scoop bites of fruit salsa on crackers.
- Eat and enjoy!
- Cauliflower: Choose cauliflower that is compact with white flowers and bright green, firmly attached leaves. Avoid brown spots or loose sections.
- 1 Cucumber
- Whole grain crackers
- 1 oz container of low-fat Greek yogurt
- Various spices
- Large plate
- Cut cauliflower, broccoli, and radishes into bite size pieces.
- Cut carrots into sticks.
- Cut cucumber into slices.
- Spoon low-fat Greek yogurt into a container and spice according to taste.
- Place two cucumber slices near the top of the container and place two small pieces of broccoli in the center of the cucumbers. This will create the scarecrow’s eyes! Place a triangle piece of carrot in the center for a nose, and place several pieces of carrot toward the bottom to create a mouth. Get creative!
- Place yogurt container in the middle of the plate.
- Place whole grain crackers above the yogurt to create the scarecrow hat.
- Place cauliflower, broccoli, radishes and carrots along the sides to create a scarecrow head.