Those of you who follow my adventures know that I have been putting an emphasis on teaching my kids how to give back, how to help others and how to change lives. Last month we were introduced to the Champions for Kids project and we were instantly hooked! We loved seeing how small changes on our part could reap huge rewards in the lives of children. So when we heard about the Make The Switch Jennie-O CFK Challenge, we were intrigued! Here’s the premise behind the challenge: People across America are giving up unhealthy items and then using the money they save to give back to kids! Through providing healthy snacks and nutritious foods to children in their community, they are helping others while helping themselves get on track to a better life!
So, how are we getting involved? Well, around this house we like our soda (some of us more than others but I’m not point any fingers – the hubs! the hubs!) and it’s really not good for us. And while I’m not saying that you should never have a soda, we decided as a family that we wanted to jump into this with both feet and that we were going to give up soda for a month and use the savings (soda is not cheap ya’ll) to provide healthy, tasty, awesome Jennie-O snacks to the kids at our local daycare! So first things first, we’re saying goodbye to the sugary, not healthy sodas (along with any other sugar we can reasonably give up without sending the whole family into shock) so this section of our home is going to be a thing of the past!
That’s a lot of sugar to be giving up and it’s going to save us tons of calories and money! So, we’re going to take that money as part of the Jennie-O Champions For Kids SIMPLE Service Project and turn it into healthy snacks for kids! But to do this, we had to do a little shopping and get some ideas of what healthy kids like that is good for them. And who better to tell me than my own kids! So, we packed up and headed for Walmart to see what healthy treats we could find!
J-Man’s reasoning was simple – kids like burgers. I honestly think it’s one of the five food groups in their heads but burgers are not always the healthiest option. Until now! Because we found Jennie-O turkey burgers that are tasty, healthy and all around fabulous! And what better way to create mini-burgers that the kids can pick up and snack on than with these turkey treats!
So of course we had to add these to our cart, both for at home and to create healthy treats to donate! But we didn’t stop there because there was too much Jennie-O goodness to do that! The thing I love about Jennie-O meats is that you can be so creative with their selections! We also found a great turkey breast that can be sliced for sandwiches, cubed for pick ups or even put on crackers with cheese for a tasty, filling and healthy treat! I think kids everywhere are going to be loving healthy snacks once they see them Jennie-O style!
But, as the saying goes, kids can not live on meat and bread alone! OK, so maybe that is just my saying but we needed some fruit and veggie goodness badly! Now I don’t know about your kids, but around here, the kids love items that they can pick up with their fingers and snack on! So I instantly thought of baby carrots!
What child doesn’t like the crisp, cool, crunchy goodness of baby carrots? And there are so many ways to make these yummy and fun with dressings and yogurt dips that can make them sweet or tangy! This was a definite for the snacking list!
But I wanted something somewhat sweet as well – both for my family and for the kids! I mean, we are giving up the sugary sodas so we need a little sweetness somewhere and what child doesn’t like a little sugar! But why go with processed sugar when you can go natural! As in the sugar that grows in…wait for it… strawberries!
And since they are perfectly in season right now, it’s an easy way to add color, sweetness and overall goodness to an afternoon snack! Now, I could have kept going and going but I do realize that these are little children that we are going to be providing healthy snacks for and while it sometimes seems like our children eat us out of house and home, I didn’t want to overdo things and create more snacks that there was belly room for!
So, we made our purchases and headed home, knowing that we have a big task ahead of us both for our family and the local daycare! But the boys and I couldn’t have been more excited!
Now, bear with me here because while I sometimes feel like supermom, a magician I am not! So I’ve got to have time to turn all these tasty treats into a kid-friendly platter that will have three to five year olds digging in for the Make the Switch Challenge! So, I’ll be back a little later in the month with my creations, how our SIMPLE service project went and more!
But until then, I have a challenge for you! What kind of difference can you make? By giving up something small (your morning cup of Starbucks, your daily fast food fix) you can make a huge difference. I know it’s so easy to fall into the trap of saying “Oh, that’s just a few dollars. It won’t matter.” but let me tell you, it will! So I challenge you to join me this month in giving up one unhealthy item in your life! Write it down and tabulate how much you will save (besides the long term benefits to your health) by eliminating it from you life! And then take those savings and help kids eat healthy! Buy a gift card for a local charity. Plan a great, healthy snack tray that kids will love! And start making a difference!
I’m going to want to know what you did when I show you my final project later in the month. Wouldn’t it be great to all ban together and make a huge difference! Because you may only be one but with the Champions for Kids movement, you are one of millions! To find out more about how YOU can make a difference, be sure to visit Champions for Kids on Facebook and Twitter!
And don’t forget to check out my Google+ album for more on this totally fun experience of turning unhealthy habits into satisfying snacks – both for my kids and others!
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