Making sure my little one has plenty of healthy food options as he quickly approaches elementary school is very important. Easy access to fruits and vegetables in schools is crucial. Not only is it a great way to get more nutrients in a child's diet but incorporating fruits and veggies into your child's meal routine at a young age will make them more likely to make healthy food choices as they continue to grow. As a child my mom always packed us healthy lunches but fresh fruits, veggies, and salads in elementary school were not available. It was only until I entered high school that Salads and fresh fruits became available.
A few weeks ago Produce for Kids and Roundy's got in touch with me about spreading awareness regarding Healthy Eating for Kids. Their Let's Move Salad Bars to the Midwest campaign will provide access to healthy fruits and vegetables every day in all schools across the Midwest.
Let's Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools is a special campaign of the United Fresh Start Foundation, under the umbrella of the national Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. The
goal of Let's Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools is to increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption by donating salad bars to schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
For the second year, Copps, Metro Market , Roundy's, and Pick ’n Save are partnering with Produce for Kids® for a healthy eating-focused campaign to raise funds for the United Fresh Start Foundation’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools campaign.
To help Copps, Metro Market , Roundy's, and Pick ’n Save increase its donation to United Fresh Start Foundation’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools campaign, shoppers are encouraged to add more produce to their grocery carts through July 12. All five participating fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a consumption-based donation to Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools.
You can help by purchasing sponsor products at your local store, including Avocados from Mexico - Mexican Hass Avocados; Chiquita Fresh - Fresh Express® Packaged Salads; NatureSweet® Glorys® Tomatoes; Naturipe® - Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries & Raspberries; organicgirl - good clean greens; POM Wonderful® - Pomegranate Juice & Teas; Shuman Produce - RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions.
My son has been eating fruits and veggies since he was a toddler and now at age 4 he loves salads. We like to prepare protein packed salads for a refreshing dinner and now that we are rapidly approaching summer I find myself making them more and more. But my little one's absolute favorite has to be these tasty little Mini Salsa Taco Salads. Healthy and packed with protein and fresh ingredients dinner doesn't get much better than this!
Mini Salsa Taco Salads
Yields 12 mini taco salads
Cal 68, Fat 3.5g, Carbs 1.9g, Protein 7.3g
12 wonton wrappers
12 oz lean ground beef or turkey (I used Purdue extra lean ground turkey)
1 taco seasoning packet
1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag shredded lettuce
1 tomato, chopped
1/3 cup salsa
1/3 cup light sour cream
Green Onions, Sliced Olives, Black Beans, Cilantro or any other toppings of your choice
Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Push two wonton wrappers into the bottom of each of the 12 sprayed muffin cups. Bake wonton shells for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
While the wonton's are baking cook your ground beef/turkey add the seasoning mix and set aside. Assemble as you would a normal taco salad. Adding your lettuce, ground beef, cheese, tomatoes and whatever additional toppings of your choosing. Drizzle the top of each salad with the salsa dressing. Enjoy!
Note-I made a simple salsa dressing by combining the salsa and sour cream together and drizzled it on top of each mini taco bowl. Enjoy!
For more information about the Copps, Metro Market and Pick ’n Save and Produce for Kids campaign, visit www.produceforkids.com. The site offers more than 200 registered dietitian-approved and family-tested recipes, meal planning tools, grocery store specific campaign details, and healthy tips from real parents