Shopping for Health with Kids

Summer is here and the kids are home.  But don’t leave them home when you go grocery shopping!  Bring them with you for a fun and educational experience, after all, the supermarket is the one of the best places to teach kids about food and nutrition.

Fun & Educational Grocery Shopping
  • The grocery store is a great place to teach your kids about food and nutrition.
  • Use games to keep your kids learning:
    • Which is better using NuVal?
    • Rainbow Treasure Hunt Cards
    • Give them a choice – they can pick two items, one treat and one healthy option. (Parent chooses the section of the grocery store).
  • Get kids in the kitchen by helping them create healthy snacks packed with produce.
Hawaiian Mini Pizzas
Serves 6 (1/2 muffin each)
All you need
½ cup fresh pineapple
3 whole wheat English muffins, split
6 tablespoons pizza sauce, divided
¾ cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
6 tablespoons diced ham, divided
6 tablespoons diced green peppers, divided
All you do
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place muffin halves on baking sheet and top each with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce.
2. Top each with one tablespoon each of cheese, ham and peppers and additional tablespoon of mozzarella.  Bake 5-8 minutes or until cheese starts to brown.  
Pineapple and Berries with Creamy Fruit Dip
Serves 8
All you need
1 (6 ounce) container light vanilla yogurt
5 tablespoons light cream cheese, softened
½ teaspoon cinnamon sugar
1 pineapple, cut and sliced into spears
1 (16 ounce) package strawberries, washed
1 (8 ounce) package blackberries, washed
All you do
1. To make fruit dip, whisk yogurt into cream cheese until smooth and creamy.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.  Serve with fruit.
Recipe Source: Summer 2013 Hy-Vee Seasons Magazine

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.