One of the best ways to get kids excited about eating healthy and preparing nutritious foods is to get them involved and create a theme! In addition, feel free to include some fun facts and history about your theme to increase your child’s learning. A good parent never misses an opportunity to incorporate knowledge and fun! With March roaring in like a lion, why not try out a St. Patrick’s Day-themed lesson?
Fun Facts and History
Here are some fun facts and background information to sprinkle throughout while creating your healthy treats:
- St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th
- Saint Patrick lived during the 5th century and was a missionary working in Ireland
- The day originally started, and for many still remains, a religious holiday, but has expanded to include many non-religious and cultural activities, such as parades, sports tournaments and festivals around the world
- St. Patrick’s Day was first publicly celebrated in Boston in 1737
- New York has the largest St. Patrick’s parade in the world with more than 150,000 people marching in it each year
- In Illinois, the Chicago River is dyed green every year in celebration
- There are more than 34 million people in the United States with Irish ancestry
Pot of Gold Fruit Rainbow
This recipe is quick, simple and can be adapted to include any fruits that your child desires! This specific recipe, found at kixcereal.com, uses raspberries, clementines, pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, red grapes and whole grain cereal to create a healthy color explosion! Just slice up each fruit and have your child practice the colors of the rainbow by lining them up in order. Then, use the whole grain cereal in a small bowl as the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow. You could even try adding in mini marshmallows to create some fluffy clouds!
Festive Green Shakes
This awesome recipe was found at superhealthykids.com and features vitamins and proteins! Just blend together all of the ingredients for a yummy treat.
What You’ll Need:
- 1.5 cups packed baby spinach
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
Packed with vitamin C and potassium, peppers are a great way to create lots of different clover shaped snacks. Here’s one fun recipe from our friends at spoonful.com. Make sure to slice the pepper crosswise to get the cool clover shape and then top it off with a smaller piece for a stem. Then all together toast the muffin, cheese and pepper, until the cheese starts to melt. Enjoy!
What You’ll Need:
- 1 green pepper
- 1 English muffin
- 1 slice of cheddar cheese
Written by Mariela Villanueva