SnackBitesThe Fruit and Vegetable Snack Bites are designed to be read by teachers or students during snack time when a local fruit or vegetable is offered. The Snack Bites include information about how and where the fruit or vegetable was grown and fun facts to engage students. These short messages can also be 1) read by the principal or students at the start of the day during morning announcements, 2) used on the school menu, 3) posted to the website or 4) included in school newsletters.
Tasting LessonTasting lessons offer students the opportunity to try a new fruit or vegetable using all their senses. Each tasting lesson will increase student exposure to locally grown fruits and vegetables and promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables at school and at home.
Repeated opportunities to taste and eat new and familiar foods are required to increase acceptance and intake. Some say that classroom and cafeteria taste testings create positive peer pressure. If your friend is willing to try the rutabaga, why wouldn’t you? Classroom and cafeteria taste tests encourage students to eat local, nutritious foods in a supportive environment.
Who can lead a taste testing?
Who are SNAP-Ed Educators?
Sample Fruit and Vegetable Taste Testing (124 K PDF)
Classroom ActivitiesTeachers and educators — check out this list of worksheets and short lessons that connect food, agriculture and health for your elementary classroom. These short activities vary by subject and length.
- Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Ag-tivities (Grades K-3)
- Veggie Power Worksheet — University of Florida Extension
- Fantastic Fruits Worksheet — University of Florida Extension
- Fruit and Vegetable Songs — Sing a New Song
- Farm to School Educational Lessons — Research, Education, Action and Policy (REAP) on Food Group
Family NewsletterFamily Newsletters help reinforce student experiences in the classroom. Students can influence their family to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. Family Newsletters provide helpful tips for eating more fruits and vegetables, take home challenges and an assortment of tasty, simple recipes.
- Introductory Letter to Families (sample)
- Family Newsletter template and example
- Take Home Challenges
- Helpful Tips
Family ToolsWe all have a role to play in helping our kids learn how to make healthy choices. This section contains activities and handouts for families. While the short activities help families get their hands dirty in the soil or kitchen, the handouts provide tips to make healthy choices, easy choices.
ActivitiesTogether...Let’s Try New Foods!
- Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series — ChooseMyPlate.Gov — The Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series provides families with high quality, easy-to-follow tips in a convenient, printable format. These are perfect for posting on a refrigerator. These tips and ideas are a starting point. You will find a wealth of suggestions here that can help you and your family get started toward a healthy diet.
- Top 10 Reasons to eat MORE fruits & vegetables — Fruits and Veggies More Matters®
- Family Dinner with Fruits and Vegetables — Fruits and Veggies More Matters®
- Top 10 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Healthy Cooking & Shopping — Fruits and Veggies More Matters®
- Three Simple Steps to Eating More Fruits and Vegetables — Fruits and Veggies More Matters®
- Vegetables – Spend Smart. Eat Smart. — Iowa State University Extension