Get creative with healthy after-school snacks

A caterpillar-shaped snack

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Kids are hungry when they get home from school, but it can be a challenge to find something healthy that they want to eat! Produce for Kids and Meijer are hosting the third annual “Healthy Families, Helping Kids” campaign to educate families on the benefits of healthy eating and to raise money for “Jump with Jill,” a music and dance program that transforms health education into live school assemblies. Since 2002, Meijer has raised more than $1 million for local children’s organizations.

To help Meijer increase its donation, shoppers are encouraged to add more produce to their grocery carts through September 27. All 11 participating fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a consumption-based donation to “Jump with Jill.”

Shoppers should be on the lookout for the Produce for Kids display, featuring “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” in the produce section of all Meijer stores to pick up a shopping list of participating produce companies, along with easy, healthy recipes for their family. The display will direct shoppers to www.produceforkids.com, featuring more than 150 dietitian-approved recipes, meal planning tools, campaign information and healthy tips from real parents.

The Very Healthy Caterpillar

Serves 1

Version 1:

  • 1 tbsp. hummus
  • 1 Flatout Multigrain with Flax flatbread
  • (by deli counter)
  • 2 slices Meijer deli chicken breast
  • 1 slice reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup Earthbound Farm Organic baby spinach
  • ½ Topline Farms seedless cucumber, cut into thin strips, divided
  • 1 skewer stick
  • 1 SUNSET CAMPARI brand cocktail tomato
  • 2 olive slices
  1. Spread hummus on flatbread. Add deli chicken, cheese, spinach, half of the cucumbers and roll flatbread (do not tuck in ends). Trim ends off flatbread and cut flatbread into five separate rolls. Slide rolls onto skewer.
  2. Slide tomato onto skewer for head. Cut slits in tomato and insert black olives for eyes. Cut slits in top of tomato and insert cucumbers for antenna.
  3. Use remaining cucumbers to represent legs by each roll.

Version 2:

  • 6 green grapes
  • 1 strawberry, leaves hulled
  • 2 chocolate chips
  • 2 Meijer pretzel sticks
  • 2 blueberries
  • 6 Bolthouse Farms® Matchstick carrots
  1. Slide grapes onto skewer to form caterpillar body. Add strawberry for a head.
  2. Press chocolate chips into strawberry for eyes. Top pretzels with blueberries. Press into top of strawberry for antennae.
  3. Lay carrots near each grape to represent legs.

Serve either with Purple Cow Lowfat Yogurt

 

No-Bake Granola Balls

Makes 10 servings

Families on the go can turn to these healthy granola balls that require zero baking and taste delicious!

  • 1 1/2 cups Meijer old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Meijer sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Mariani® Premium dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup almond butter, or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Meijer honey
  1. Mix oats, almonds, pecans, cranberries, blueberries and chocolate chips in large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat almond butter and honey in small saucepot over low heat 2-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until smooth. Add almond butter/honey mixture to oat/fruit mixture and stir until just incorporated. Moisten hands and squeeze mixture into 20 1-1/2 inch balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate 30 minutes, or until set.

Serve with baby carrots.

Recipes adapted from www.produceforkids.com

For more recipes visit www.meijerhealthyliving.com

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