McKinney Mommas: Whole Kids Salad Recipe Challenge + Giveaway! Google+

Monday, September 23, 2013

Whole Kids Salad Recipe Challenge + Giveaway!

Guess how many school lunches your kid will eat before they finish high school?

2,300!   That's a big number, and makes the mission of Whole Kids Foundation that much more important. 

Their mission?  To improve childhood nutrition by providing better access and availability to fruits and veggies for your kiddos at school and at home.

Keep reading to find out how to win a $50 Gift Card to Whole Foods



In honor of Whole Kids Foundation mission to support school salad bar and garden grant programs I answered the call of the Whole Kids Salad Recipe Blogger Challenge and created a tasty, and healthy salad recipe that I wanted to share with you.


psssst! Did you know that if you replace just one meal a day with a salad, you could see a reduction of 100 calories per day, which equals 10-pounds a year!? Just sayin'.


Choppy Chopped Italian Salad w/ Pistachios


McKinney Mommas Chopped Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

6 Persian cucumbers, diced 
1 tomato, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 Romaine heart, chopped
4 small stalks celery, chopped
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1 can 365 Everyday Value® Garbanzo Beans, drained
4oz. sliced black olives, drained
1/3 c. feta cheese (reserve 1 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp. 365 Everyday Value® Organic Italian Dressing
1/2 c. pistachios, shelled and chopped



Directions:

1. Chop/Dice cucumbers, tomato, red onion, romaine, and celery into small 1/2 inch pieces and place in large salad bowl.

2. Add chopped parsley, garbanzo beans, black olives and most of the feta cheese.

3. Drizzle 365 Everyday Value® Organic Italian Dressing (available at Whole Foods) over salad and toss to coat ingredients.

4. Sprinkle reserved feta cheese and pistachios on top of salad, and serve!

Serves 4-6 people

NOTES: If you're not into nuts, you can omit the pistachios, and this is still a totally tasty salad! I was surprised that both my 1 and 2 year old chowed down on this salad too....they LOVED it!

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So, if you're wondering what you can do to jump aboard this wagon headed straight for better nutrition in your kids school lunches, let me tell you:   


What You Can Do!

  • Purchase products from these participating brands that give back to Whole Kids Foundation: Mrs. Meyers; Yellow 108; Peeled Snacks; Red Jacket Orchards; and High Mowing Organic Seeds.
  • Make a donation at the register during check out
  • Text "SALAD" to 20222 to donate $10 to support salad bar grants at schools near you


Isn't the future health of your children and their friends worth a little time and investment?

I think so!  Join me and help set your kids on a path of better nutrition today.

Find out more about how to get involved at www.wholekidsfoundation.org



~ Enter To Win ~
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  • Giveaway deadline October 7, 2013
  • Open to US entrants ages 18+
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64 comments :

  1. i learned that they are having a salad bowl design contest

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  2. The Whole Foods calendar says when you and the family can help out this organization with their local endeavors!

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  3. I learned that Whole Kids Foundation was started to improve the food children eat in school. That is great! I worked at a high school for 10 years and the school lunches were horrendous. The fatty slop that they served to kids was such a disservice to our children.

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  4. I learned that so far 2,246,478 students have been served by the Whole Kids Foundation

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  5. I learned that they offer lots of salad recipes to encourage at least one salad per day!

    Entered the rafflecopter as "Wild orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  6. Visited and I learned 2009 The company began working to improve the food children eat in schools through a partnership with the Food, Family, Farming Foundation and Chef Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady. Whole Foods Market and its shoppers donated more than $700,000 to fund The Lunch Box, a free online resource that helps schools improve the nutritional value offered in their lunch programs.

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  7. They teach children and communities to eat healthy, recycle, and grow gardens.

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  8. I learned they have a kids book club as well as the Awesome Eats! Game which both are awesome!

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  9. I learned that you can search School Garden & Salad Bar from the site. I found several in our area.

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  10. I learned that they educate communities to eat healthy, & also that they have a lot of salad recipes

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  11. I learned: Kids of all ages (ask Dan’s grandma!) love our FREE iTunes game Awesome Eats. It introduces kids to new varieties of veggie & fruits.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. I learned they have a book club!

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  13. I learned they Provide grants for school gardens and related programs.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  14. Their goal is better nutrition for kids everywhere!

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  15. I learned they Create support tools for educators, who play a vital role in modeling and teaching healthy choices

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  16. I learned that they offer healthy recipes on their site

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  17. Provide schools with salad bars through our partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools

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  18. I learned that take your parents to lunch day is October 16, 2013.

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  19. I learned that their programs are funded by a variety of sources, including Whole Foods Market shoppers, vendors, team members and other private and corporate partners.

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  20. I saw that they have helped over 2 million students and given out almost $10 million.

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  21. I love that they have a school salad bar initiative! I had that growing up but I don't see it so much now. Wonderful!

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  22. I learned that some school gardens exist here in my state of New Mexico.

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  23. I learned that the lunch box contains more than 200 fully scalable and nutritionally analyzed recipes

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  24. I learned that it is a program designed to help children and they have a program designed to help children read in low-income families

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  25. take your parents to lunch day october 16th

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  26. I learned that Jumpstart's Read for the Record® is on October 3, 2013

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  28. They're making it possible for kids by raising $5 million to fund 2,000 salad bars for schools.

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  29. They teach children and communities to eat healthy, recycle, and grow gardens.

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  30. I had never heard of the program at all. I learned schools can apply for funding for school gardens. Nice.

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  31. They have a grow a garden initiative, to teach and encourage people to grow their own food

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  32. I learned that they are sponsoring take your parents to lunch day on October 16th

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  33. I learned that they are helping families make better choices in food, great idea

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  34. learned that they have better bites to learn about nutrition on line

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  35. they want kids to pledge to eat a salad a day

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  36. recipe

    Bulgur with Arugula, Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

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  37. making better food choices by teaching about fruit and vegetables

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  38. I learned that only 2% of children eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables.

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  39. I learned that the foundation focuses its work in the countries where Whole Foods Market has stores, which currently includes the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  40. A school garden connects kids to the roots of their food. That makes sense!

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  41. I learned that the Whole Kids Foundation focuses its work in the countries where Whole Foods Market has stores. This currently includes the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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  42. I learned that the School Garden Grant Program is a collaboration between Whole Kids Foundation and FoordCorps to fund school gardens, new or existing, and related activities.

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  43. Received 501(c)(3) status approval from the IRS in June 2011.

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  44. THey are having a salad bowl design contest

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  45. I just learned that the foundation exists. I wasn't aware of this before.

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  46. I learned that they educate communities.

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  47. I learned that they have kids games to encourage learning about healthy choices.

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  48. 2,246,478 students have been served by the Whole Kids Foundation. they are getting things done it sounds like.
    gabbflabber at live.com

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  49. I learned that they have a pledge to eat a salad every day

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  50. I learned they have a kids book club.

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  51. The Whole Kids Foundation was started to improve the food children eat in school.

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  52. I learned they also have a kids book club.

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  53. I learned that they are a 501c3 organization in the US and are working on charitable status in Canada and the UK

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  54. I learned that Oct 16th is Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

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  55. Whole Kids Foundation provides grants for garden and salad bars for thousands of schools in the United States and Canada, and recently in the United Kingdom.

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  56. I love that they are trying to get better nutrition to kids everywhere

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  57. I learned that Whole Kids Foundation provides schools with salad bars through their partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools.

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  58. I learned they are providing schools with salad bars and giving grants for school gardens!

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  59. I learned that they partner with Food Fight as well!
    kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

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  60. I learned that their programs are funded by a variety of sources, including Whole Foods Market shoppers, vendors, team members and other private and corporate partners.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  61. I found out that Whole foods mart founded this to help kids eat healthier

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