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Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
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How Do I Get My Kid to Eat His Veggies? Get to Know a Farmer!

"My kid doesn't eat any green vegetables. No broccoli. No spinach. No brussel sprouts". This is a mother I have talked to before and is worried that her child will grow up eating only pizza and fries. But what happens if this child sees these vegetables being grown, talks to the local farmer about planting and harvesting these vegetables, picks out these vegetables for purchase at the local farmers market, and helps a chef or parent make a delicious meal using those vegetables? Knowledge is a powerful thing.

October is National Farm to School Month. Farm to School programs are happening all over the nation. These programs connect schools with local farmers in order to serve as an educational tool for health and agriculture, support local and regional farmers, and provide healthy meals in the school cafeteria. It's based on the premise that students will choose healthier foods, including more fruits and vegetables, if products are fresh, locally grown, picked at the peak of their flavor and if those choices are reinforced with educational activities. To find out more about the Farm to School program visit

If it can happen in the classroom why can't it happen in the home? Hey, I realize we may have full-time jobs and don't have time to make up lesson plans and search for local farmers to give us a tour. But, maybe you have a neighbor, a relative or a friend that grows a big garden or manages a farm. I'm sure they would appreciate a visit to show off their hard labor. Even a children's book on where food comes from can serve as a wonderful educational tool. Have your child get involved in the shopping and preparing of the foods, as well. Use recipes, such as the tasty one below, to introduce a new food!



Apple-Acorn Squash Printable PDF

2 acorn squash

1 apple, chopped

1/3 cup raisins

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tablespoons margarine, melted

(Yield: 4 servings)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash squash. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scrape out seeds. Place cut side down on lightly greased cookie sheet or in a baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Mix the remaining ingredients. Turn squash halves over so cut sides are up. Fill squash with apple mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until squash is soft.

Nutrition facts per serving - Calories 260; fat 6 g; calories from fat 50; sodium 70 mg; total carbohydrate 55 g; fiber 5 g.

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