3 Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Rally for School Health to Try at Home
Inspiring kids to seek out nutrient-rich foods can be a relatively daunting task. As a mom and dietitian, I especially understand the challenge and frustration catering to various taste and texture preferences can cause. Fortunately for me, this isn’t a task I have to face alone. In fact, programs across our state are equipping children to make healthy choices by providing fun and engaging opportunities for them to participate in, while also highlighting easy kid-friendly recipes that can be reproduced at school and at home.
Through my role here at the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, I was able to see how one specific program, Fuel Up to Play 60, does just that by participating in the program’s Rally for School Health Event this year at Ford Field. With 30 schools participating, kids from across Michigan were able to come together and discover how to eat their best in a fun and easy way. Students were encouraged to try new foods at both breakfast and lunch.
As students experimented with new tastes and flavors, they heard from both health professionals and well-known NFL football players about those foods and the role they play in achieving and maintaining good health. From table to table, it was fun to see kids beam with excitement as they were given the opportunity to take ownership over their own health.
The recipes featured at the Fuel Up to Play 60 Rally weren’t overly complicated or difficult to create. In fact, all of the food combinations and pairings provided that day were designed to be easily reproducible in school cafeterias. As children loaded up their plates with the day’s offerings, it was also clear to see that these recipes were pretty kid-friendly. I was especially amazed to see how fast the salad-on-a-stick disappeared.
Don’t just take my word for it though. Instead, consider trying a few of the recipes featured. They are sure to be a hit with the kids in your own life and may just make it easier to inspire healthier eating habits.
Three Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes to Try at Home
Very Veggie Pizza
When it comes to children, pizza is often a lunchtime favorite. It also happens to be a very versatile food. The very veggie pizza featured a whole grain crust and lots of nutrient-rich veggies. Since the veggies are baked under an ooey-gooey layer of low-fat cheese, even the most finicky of eaters may be more likely to give a slice of this pizza pie a try.
Salad on a Stick
Everything is more fun when it is served on a bamboo skewer, right? That apparently rang true at the rally as kids devoured this simple yet nutritious lunchtime option. This recipe in particular is an easy one for younger chefs to help create. Simply lay out your cubes of cheese and vegetables of choice and let them create their own unique salad on a stick. By pairing up the vegetables with the cheese, this snack turns into a satisfying treat thanks, in part, to the combination of protein and fiber being served.
Like with any good salad, dressing can often serve as a great flavor enhancer. At the rally, kids were offered three different yogurt-based dressings to dip their skewer into. Choices included honey mustard, spicy buffalo, and cilantro lime. Try just one or consider making all three for further variety. Each takes only a few seconds to make.
Herman Hafta Have “Moore” Muffins
For those with a disposition towards the sweeter things in life, the Herman Hafta Have “Moore” Muffins are another must-try. Featuring strawberry yogurt, blueberries, and whole wheat flour, this is a healthier rendition of a culinary favorite: blueberry muffins. Make a batch over the weekend and serve up for breakfast on those busy weekday mornings. It’s a great way to start the day without the worry of missing the bus.
Want more tasty, nutrient-rich recipe options? Our website always has a variety of mouth-watering dishes to choose from. These yogurt parfaits were also featured at the rally and are another quick and easy way to fuel up at the beginning of each school day.