A few months ago, Jennifer the creator of the award winning game Crunch a Color, contacted me regarding participating in a healthy lunch challenge. Crunch a Color is all about exposing kids to new foods, and making healthy eating fun. Players earn points for eating a balanced and colorful plate of veggies, fruits, proteins and grains. Bonus points are also awarded for trying new foods and good manners. Through this game, your child will be given the tools necessary to learn how to choose nutritious foods for themselves.
Well a few weeks ago, Jennifer asked if I would be interested in participating in another Crunch a Color healthy lunch challenge, and I agreed.
Last time I made this, and it has definitely been a family staple. This time, I decided to do a twist on a steak dish I frequently make. We love asian food, so I knew I wanted to make something asian inspired.
I marinated the beef in a homemade korean sauce, and stuffed it with organic zucchini, organic asparagus, organic yellow squash, organic carrots, and organic green onions. For dinner, I decided to serve it is a garlic and sweet peas brown rice.
The thinly sliced beef, provided just the right amount of protein.
I love packing healthy and colorful lunches, so this meal was perfect. I decided to pack this lunch in my Planetbox Launch.
Crunch a Color stresses the importance of trying new foods. For my kids, that new food was papayas. They eat a variety of fruits, but papayas were one fruit they never tried. In order to introduce this fruit to my kids, I decided to incorporate it into a tropical fruit salad. My kids are pretty adventurous, so they were willing to try this new fruit. However, they did admit that they were not a fan. I was okay with that. The most important thing was that they were willing to try it.
Here is the breakdown of our Crunch a Color meal:
Purple - blackberries, blueberries – 5 points each = 10 points
Purple - purple cabbage - 15 points
Red - strawberries – 5 points
Red - papaya – 5 points x 2 (try a new food card not shown) = 10 points
Red - red peppers – 10 points
Green - kiwi – 5 points
Green - peas, zucchini – 10 points each = 20 points
Green - asparagus – 15 points
Orange - mangoes – 5 points
Orange - carrots, squash – 10 points each = 20 points
Protein - lean beef – 10 points
Liquid - water – 5 points
Healthy Grain - Brown rice (card not shown) – 5 points
GRAND TOTAL = 135 points!!!
This meal was a definite winner on so many levels. You can find full recipes and instructions here.
Thanks Crunch a Color for once again including me in this healthy lunch challenge.