Home Grown Crunch & Sip
Many schools have a designated time during the day where kids eat a fruit or vegie snack. Sometimes called ‘Crunch & Sip’ or ‘Munch & Crunch’, it’s a fantastic opportunity to include more fresh food in kids’ diets.
To encourage this healthy habit, kids can help create their very own fruit & vegie snack garden at home and then proudly take the harvest to school to eat.
During cool seasons you can try:
- Crunchy snow peas.
- Tender baby spinach.
- Delicious snap peas.
- Colourful loose leaf lettuce.
- Crisp and tasty radishes.
During warm seasons you can try:
Tender baby carrots
Delicious dwarf beans
Lebanese cucumbers (cut into quarters they’re perfect for dipping into hummus).
Colourful bite sized cherry tomatoes
Capsicum, which can be cut into easy to eat strips
Vitamin packed blueberries
Most of these plants can be grown very successfully in a pot if you don’t have access to a vegie patch.
Schools and child care centres can also be approached to include a garden like this in the grounds. School gardens can be used in so many parts of the curriculum, including maths, science, the environment, sustainability and of course nutrition and where our food comes from.
You can learn so much from gardening!
Remember to always:
Wash your hands well after gardening.
Wear shoes to protect your feet.
Wear a hat and sunscreen.
AND ALWAYS HAVE FUN!