Kids Eat Right Month

August is Kids Eat Right Month and a great time for families to learn how to cook healthy together! A clever way to encourage children to try new foods is to get kids in the kitchen. This week, we’re featuring recipes to help kids start young and learn simple cooking tasks before moving on to more complex skills.


Peachy Peanut Butter Pita Pockets

A fruity filling snack or lunch!
Print Recipe
CourseLunch, Snack
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings4 servings
Calories202kcal
AuthorCalFresh Kids Get Cookin’

Ingredients

  • 2 Whole wheat pita
  • ¼ cup Peanut butter
  • ½ Apple cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ Banana thinly sliced
  • ½ Peach thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Cut pitas in half to make 4 pockets and warm in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make them more flexible.
  • Carefully open each pocket and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the inside walls.
  • Fill with a combination of apple, banana, and peach slices. Serve at room temperature.

Notes

Switch up the fruit and nut/seed butter depending on what you have on hand! How many different combinations can you and your kids make?
Nutrition Facts
Peachy Peanut Butter Pita Pockets
Serving Size
 
1 half filled pita pocket
Amount per 1 Serving
Calories
202
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Sodium
 
190
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
Calcium
 
15
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
239
mg
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Kids in the kitchen

Do it: Ask your child to peel the banana for you, slice it with a plastic knife, and throw away the peel.

Let’s Learn: Ask your child to count how many pitas you are using.

Switch-a-roo: Choose any other nut butter or fruit that you like.

Apple Jicama Slaw

Crunchy and Sweet
Print Recipe
CourseAppetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Servings6
Calories63kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Pear
  • 1 cup Jicama
  • 3 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon or nutmeg

Instructions

  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • In a medium bowl, grate apple, pear, and jicama. Be careful as the grater is sharp. Use as much of the fruit as you can without hitting the core or seeds.
  • Add orange juice, raisins, and cinnamon. Stir well. Serve right away.

Notes

Serve as a nutritious side dish or bring to a picnic on a warm summer day!
Nutrition Facts
Apple Jicama Slaw
Serving Size
 
0.5 cup
Amount per 1 Serving
Calories
63
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
167
mg
5
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Kids in the kitchen

  • Do it: Once you have added all the apple, pear, and jicama in a bowl, ask your child to help you mix them. Once you add the rest of the ingredients, ask them to mix it up again!
  • Let’s Learn! Ask your child to describe his or her favorite fruit (shape, texture, flavor, color, etc.)
  • Switcheroo: Use any other dried fruit instead of raisins. Try another fruit juice or, if you’d like a creamy dressing, substitute vanilla yogurt.

What Can Your Child Do in the Kitchen?


This handy infographic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a helpful start. Visit eatright.org for more information.

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