Feature Series: Moving Veggies off of the Sidelines

moving veggies from sidelines feature

Often vegetables take the “sidelines” while meat based dishes rule the court. The proposed 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize higher consumption of plant-based foods, and lower consumption of animal-based foods. This shift calls for some creative menu planning and we’ve got some great ideas to get you started! 

Featuring healthy nutrient rich vegetable dishes in the school lunchroom is great option for normalizing vegetables and getting kids excited about eating them! Linked below is a series of articles that feature different, creative ways of putting vegetables in play: 

cip of veg     An Eggciting Day at the Farmers Market

Getting children engaged in a visit to a local Farmers Market

 greens​       Dallas Schools Go Lean and Green for a Day!       

  A testimonial of one school’s plant based diet event

 picnic     Fruits and Veggies on the Move: Fun Tips for the Park, Beach and Picnic Basket 

Ways for parents to incorporate vegetables and fruits in family meals on the go. 

https://openclipart.org/detail/4701/bbq-tools     Kids in the Kitchen

Ways to cook yummy plant based meals with kids

https://openclipart.org/detail/89833/bowl-of-steaming-soup-01     Students Market Oatmeal and Boost School Meal Participation

How one school engaged students in marketing healthy meal options. 

https://openclipart.org/detail/9080/fast-food-lunchdinner-hot-dog     Toppings are the MVP of Ballpark Hot Dog Day

A testimonial of one school’s efforts to promote vegetables by pairing them with a favorite food: hot dogs. 

https://openclipart.org/detail/183505/fruit-plate     The CAN Approach to Healthier, Smarter Lunchrooms

Strategies for making fruits, vegetables, and other target healthy foods, convenient, normal and attractive.