Green Pineapple Smoothie for Pineapple Month

August is National Pineapple Month, so we thought we’d share fun and healthy pineapple recipe.

This Green Pineapple Smoothie is one of my favorites. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)

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Free Activity – Draw what you just ate!

Here’s a fun activity to do after a meal. Have them draw what they just ate. To make it more advanced, you can ask them to divide their plate the MyPlate way and fill in each food group. This is a great educational activity both for classrooms, day care centers, and at home!

Download this free activity here.

Free Activity - Draw what you just ate

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Free activity – How many different types of fruit can you fit into the bowl?

How many different types of fruit can you fit into the bowl? This is a fun art activity that works excellent in both a classroom or home setting. Kids love to color and draw. Why not incorporate a little nutrition lesson into the mix? To download this free fruit activity, simply click on the image below. Print out the image and see how many types of fruit your kids or students can fit in the bowl? When you’re finished, share them on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page!

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Fruit & Veggie Fortune Teller Activity

Looking for a fun activity for your kids or students? Try our new Fruit & Veggie Fortune Teller! Complete with 8 quiz questions about different fruits and veggies, this downloadable activity is a great way to get children thinking about healthy food choices. We have also included a template for a blank fortune teller in case you’d like to have the kids create their own. Either way, this is a great interactive game for people of all ages.

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Blank – Make Your Own Fortune Teller

Fruit and Veggie Fortune Teller Activity

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Gear Up for School Nutrition Employee Week & Teacher Appreciation Week

The week of May 5-9, 2014 is a week of great celebration. It’s School Nutrition Employee Week and Teacher Appreciation Week. Our downloadable certificates were such a hit last year, we decided to offer updated ones for 2014! These certificates are easy to print and award to deserving individuals in your school and community.

For School Nutrition Employee Week, recognize directors, managers, staff, parents – anyone that is a champion for school nutrition. Let this week serve as a reminder for all the work they do in our schools by showing them a little love.

During Teacher Appreciation Week, award educators that have a positive influence in your life, your child’s life, or your school. Let’s express our gratitude for those individuals teaching tomorrow’s leaders.

Bookmark this page and use these fun and free certificates all year long!
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What’s the Buzz about Food Labels? – Free Activity

Have you heard of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label? Learning ZoneXpress is following these changes closely, and we thought it’d be helpful to offer a free resource to help educate about the suggested revisions and updates. It’s a great opportunity to get your students thinking and talking about food labels.

This three-page, downloadable activity includes a summary of the proposed changes, four inquiry questions, and a teacher’s key with sample responses.

Click on the image below to download now.

Free Nutrition Labels Activity
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Nutrition & Art – Turn these shapes into healthy foods!

Looking for a fun activity for National Nutrition Month? This is a great way to combine art with a lesson about healthy food choices. What can your children or students create using these shapes?  Challenge their imagination. This activity can be expanded for older age groups asking them to provide health benefits of their choices in addition to the drawing.

Download this fun Nutrition & Art activity here.

Nutrition Art Project

Don’t forget if you place an order online at learningzonexpress.com, you can receive a FREE roll of stickers!

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FREE Stickers for National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition  Month is just over a month away. Learning ZoneXpress is excited to announce a free roll of stickers with your next purchase. Use coupon code MNM14, and a free roll of 200 Foodscapes Fruit & Veggie Stickers will be added to your cart!

Expires 3/31/14. Not valid with any other offers. May not be applied to previous orders. Limit one free roll (906110) per order.

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12 Days of Savings – 12% Off

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The holidays are nearing, and Learning ZoneXpress would like to thank our customers, fans, and partners for your continued support. Thank you for encouraging healthy habits in your homes, schools, work places, and communities.

We’d like to extend a special offer to you in the spirit of the holidays – 12 days of savings. Receive 12% off your purchase when you use coupon code: 131203 Offer expires 12/14/13. Browse our nutrition resources here.

Wishing you a warm and happy holiday season!
- The Learning ZoneXpress Team

 

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Halloween Themed Pizza Treats

We are getting in the Halloween spirit here at Learning ZoneXpress, so we decided to have a Halloween themed lunch today. Inspired by mummy pizzas we found online, we thought we’d see how many other options we could come up with. We used wheat english muffins, pizza sauce, and simple ingredients including cheese, black olives, green peppers, canadian bacon, and pineapple.

Here’s the breakdown of our fun treats:

Halloween Pizzas

Jack O’ Lanterns

  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Black Olives for eyes and mouth
  • Green Pepper stem

Monsters

  • Green pepper faces
  • Black Olives for hair, eyes, and mouth

Hawaiian Candy Corn

  • Canadian Bacon on bottom
  • Cheddar cheese for end
  • Pineapple chunks for center
  • Mozzarella cheese for tip

Mummies

  • Mozzarella cheese for wrapping
  • Black Olives for eyes

What can you make with your favorite pizza toppings? If you make these yummy treats at home, share your photos on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook page!

Happy Halloween!

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Free Educational Activity – Draw a food that is…

This is a fun activity, especially for young kids learning about MyPlate.  It prompts children to think about foods specifically based on whether they’re bumpy, crunchy, chewy, sweet, hollow, or mushy. It is also a great learning activity for a classroom of students. Which foods do your students think of for each category? Do they have something in common? Did they list any fruits or vegetables? You can also give additional criteria for them to use as they complete it. (i.e. Pick a single color and fill out the sheet based on foods that are both that color and meet the criteria listed on the activity.)

For older children, see if they can think of foods that fit into multiple categories depending on how they are prepared. For instance, carrots can be both crunchy and mushy depending on whether or not they’ve been cooked.

Get creative and have fun! Download this free educational activity here.

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It’s About Choice: Guide to Fat in Common Foods – Downloadable Poster

Free downloadable poster for your classroom, office, or refrigerator highlighting common foods and their fat content. This serves as a great reminder of foods we should eat less of and those that we should try to fit into our diets more often.

Click here to download It’s About Choice: Guide to Fat in Common Foods.

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Green Smoothie Recipe from Super Healthy Kids

We love this green smoothie recipe from Super Healthy Kids! Not only is it healthy, but it’s a fun way to incorporate a super food like spinach into your diet! Here’s the recipe.

  • 1 cup pure orange juice
  • 6-7 Ice cubes
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 banana

Visit Super Healthy Kids to read the full post and see other great kid-friendly recipes.

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Can you draw sea creatures out of fruits and vegetables?

This is a fun art activity for kids that can lead to a great conversation about fruits and vegetables. How many can they think of? Have your children or students create two lists. One of all the fruits and vegetables they can think of and another of all the different sea creatures they know.

From there, they can begin putting them together in a work of art!

Download this worksheet here.

Send us your finished products or share them on the Learning ZoneXpress Facebook Page!

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Free Rainbow Tiles Activity

This activity is purposefully open ended. Have your child think of his/her favorite foods and use the colors of those foods to create a piece of art. Perhaps it’s red peppers and pineapple. What pattern can they make using red and yellow?

Print this free activity and let their imagination run wild! When you’e finished, share your works of art with us on the Learning ZoneXpress facebook page or email toni@learningzonexpress.com.

Rainbow Drawing Activity

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