Publix & Produce For Kids Team Up To Raise Money!

We love our local Publix and had to share this with readers! Produce for Kids is teaming up with Publix stores for the second annual Healthy Families, Helping Kids campaign to raise money for local health and nutrition-based classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org. 

Beginning September 27th through October 4th, the joint campaign will help raise money for classroom projects that encourage healthy relationships with food.  The more produce Publix shoppers add to their shopping lists, the more hope they can give to local children. All participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers at Publix stores will make a consumption-based donation DonorsChoose.org. Last year, the campaign raised more than $169,000 and supported 652 classroom projects throughout the country.

Shoppers should be on the lookout for Produce for Kids signage, featuring characters from the popular Sprout® television show,The Chica Show, in the produce section of local Publix stores. There, they will be directed to visit www.produceforkids.com for even more Ideal Meals recipes, tips and solutions to help shoppers keep their families healthy for back-to-school and year-round.

Below are some nutritious and delicious brand new fall inspired PFK recipes that will keep the whole family nutritiously fed from breakfast to dessert:  

Fruity Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Serves 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes


1 cup canned pumpkin purée
2 cups lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 cup spinach, loosely packed
½ cup pomegranate juice
1 medium banana
1 medium mango, chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
⅛ tsp. cloves

  1. Place pumpkin, yogurt, spinach, juice, banana, mango, cinnamon and cloves into blender. Blend until smooth.

Suggested Sides for a Complete Meal:
       1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 Tbsp. nut butter

Recipe by Christine Pittman of Cook the Story

Hearty Turkey & Kale Chili
Serves 8
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours


1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1½ Tbsp. chili powder
1½ Tbsp. cumin
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
1 can (15 oz.) low-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (15 oz.) no salt added corn, drained
¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups kale, tough stems removed, chopped
1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
1 cup unsalted tortilla chips, crushed

  1. Add turkey, onion, pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, tomato paste, tomatoes, black beans, corn, broth and kale to slow cooker, and cook on low 8 hours.
  2. Top with Greek yogurt and tortilla chips.

Pear-Stuffed Baked Apples
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


4 large apples
2 pears, peeled, chopped
½ lemon, juiced
¼ cup pecans, finely chopped
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
⅓ cup light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. caramel dip

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Remove tops from apples and core, leaving apples whole. Sprinkle inside with lemon juice.
  3. Mix pear, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar in bowl.
  4. Tightly pack apples with pear mixture. Place in baking dish and add water to fill pan ½-inch. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until apples are soft.
  5. Drizzle with caramel dip.

This post was written in conjunction with Publix. A gift bag was sent as compensation. All written opinions are my own. 


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