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It was a spectacular show and I loved watching the kids interact with all the participants! The Find Your Favorite heroes really are a constant encouragement for the students to try new fruits and vegetables and to "Find Their Favorite." Following the show, the students were able to sample a variety of fruits and vegetables, some they have never tried and some they have never heard of! I love when the kids come up to me with a turnip in their hand and say, "These rock!" That means that the Find Your Favorite School Show did exactly what it was meant to, encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables! I can't wait to see where the Find Your Favorite National Launch takes me! Now, without further ado, I would like to share the Find Your Favorite School Show with all of my followers! Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Share with your family and friends and I encourage you to Find Your Favorite! xoxo Produce Mom [wooslider slide_page="find-your-favorite-2" slider_type="slides" id="4"] [post_title] => Find Your Favorite School Show Video [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => find-your-favorite-school-show-video [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-12-11 08:30:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-12-11 13:30:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 560 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3860 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2013-12-08 22:06:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-12-09 03:06:10 [post_content] => I cannot believe it is here! "Find Your Favorite presented by The Produce Mom & The Indianapolis Colts" will take the stage for the very first time on Tuesday at a Central Indiana Elementary School.  This production is revolutionary in many ways.  And it's only possible because of the incredible & gracious support that I have from my hometown team. Just over 6 months ago the Colts Community office called me & took me by complete surprise by saying they wanted to do a Find Your Favorite School Show.  Yep.  They felt like Find Your Favorite was one of the best programs their athletes & team has ever supported.  They explained that their school shows utilize Blue the Colts Mascot as well as their athletes to deliver relevant messaging via a stage show to kids in a school assembly setting.  They wanted to know if I would be willing to help them put together a school show called "Find Your Favorite" & use the show as a platform to educate elementary school students on the importance of eating more fruits & vegetables...  I mean how do you really respond to an offer like that?  I cried, of course.  Thanked them several times.  And told them I have always been a Colts fan. :-) So here we are 6 months later & on Tuesday... it all happens.  The production is ready & we are going to surprise a lot of Central Indiana elementary students when we take the stage at 1 lucky school on December 10th. Find Your Favorite presented by The Produce Mom & the Indianapolis Colts is a revolutionary NFL Team Production.
  • 1st production to star athletes from other pro leagues & sports
  • 1st production to dedicate 100% of its messaging to promoting fruits & vegetables
[caption id="attachment_3863" align="alignnone" width="300"]1459276_487734068006261_582282847_n Kiwi Hero & Indy Car Driver Graham Rahal laughing it up during one of our work sessions[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3865" align="alignnone" width="300"]1003923_482604781852523_348771146_n David Boudia brought his Olympic Gold & Bronze. I brought David's favorite (blueberries) & Trey aka Blue the Mascot shows off the Colts' Lombardi!  We had so much fun working together & building this show.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3866" align="alignnone" width="300"]1451526_479029208876747_2002488750_n The amazing Tamika Catchings - NCAA Champ, WNBA Champ, WNBA MVP & 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist... and she is thrilled to be our Find Your Favorite Pineapple Hero & starring in our School Show.[/caption] I simply cannot thank the Find Your Favorite Heroes for all their help.  These amazing athletes & community stewards have once again donated their time to bring this very important messaging to the kids.  And they are helping me broaden Find Your Favorite, too.  On Tuesday, not only will we take over a school gymnasium with our amazing stage show, but we will also expand the Find Your Favorite campaign for the very 1st time to an additional Indiana School District. We kick off our efforts to bring Find Your Favorite to elementary schools throughout the United States on Tuesday.  I'm so honored that many of our industry leaders, as well as The Produce Mom Family vendor partners & brands, will actually be at the school with me on Tuesday to experience the milestone.  My Indy Fruit co-workers, my husband & my mom are coming too <3 Thank you to the Indianapolis Colts and the Hero co-stars for all their support & this amazing opportunity.  It's going to be incredible!!! #FindYourFavorite xoxo Produce Mom [post_title] => Find Your Favorite School Show: Exclusive Preview [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => find-your-favorite-school-show-previe [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-12-08 22:06:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-12-09 03:06:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 561 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3798 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2013-12-04 16:25:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-12-04 21:25:49 [post_content] => Tis the season for entertaining!  In my first blog post about my indy style appearance, I showed some fun ideas for holiday fruit and veggie trays. In this post, I want to show you how you can take your holiday décor to the next level…..3-D! (If you missed the first post, check it out here.) Instead of flowers for your centerpiece, why not use fruits and veggies?! I do this all the time and both kids and adults love it! Making a vertical, 3-D veggie or fruit display also frees up more room on the table! 3D Fruit & Veggie Platter

Here’s how I made these fruit and veggie trees:

1) Pick up some styrofoam cones at your local craft store. They come in a variety of sizes. Pick whatever size works best for your table. 2) Grab some toothpicks and start sticking them into the cone. 3) At the end of each toothpick, add the fruit or veggie of your choice. Easy! I even added some cauliflower as snow around the base of my broccoli tree. Broccoli Veggie Tree IMG_6143IMG_6144IMG_6146IMG_6150IMG_6147Broccoli Veggie Tree
If you use a smaller-sized cone, you can make individual place settings for each person. How cute is this? Cucumber Veggie Tree Here, I just used cucumbers for the tree and added bell pepper strips and cocktail tomatoes from Nature Fresh Farms for the decorations! Strawberry Fruit Tree   IMG_6156IMG_6157 For this strawberry tree I used a starfruit as the “tree topper!” Starfruit is a great addition to your holiday meal! It can be used not just as a garnish, but also as a great way to serve an appetizer! I like to use it as I would a cucumber slice and top it with spicy tuna, shrimp or some other yummy appetizer-type food. It really takes on the flavor of whatever it’s served with. You don’t need to peel it, just slice and serve. Fruit and Veggie Trees Tips for your good health!! Remember TWO hours! Refrigerate your fruit and veggie decorations until it’s time to serve. Once you put them on the table, they will stay fresh for up to two hours. After two hours, be sure to put them in the fridge for a bit to keep the produce fresh and your family safe! For more tips on how to keep your holiday food fresh, check out this fightbac party buffets! Happy Holidays! Xoxo, Produce Mom   [post_title] => 3-D Fruit & Veggie Holiday Décor on Indy Style [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 3-d-fruit-veggie-holiday-decor-on-indy-style [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-12-04 16:25:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-12-04 21:25:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 562 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3801 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2013-12-04 11:41:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-12-04 16:41:39 [post_content] => Did you happen to see me on Indy Style yesterday morning?! I always love being on Indy Style and it was so fun doing veggie tray races with the hosts! And because I love all my followers so much, I'm putting all the information/pictures from my segments right here on the blog!! The holiday season is in full force and to celebrate I made a variation of holiday fruit and veggie trays! Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish celebration. Each night at sundown, another flame is lit on the Menorah. Here's what I made: Vegetable Tray Menorah Tonight the last flame, egh I mean radish, will be lit. What I used: Radishes for the flames, green asparagus for the candle sticks and baby carrots and sugar snap peas as the base. Feel free to get a little creative and use any fruit or veggie you desire. Here's some additional ideas: ORANGE= Carrots, Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Roasted Squash, Oranges, Cantaloupe, Apricot, Papaya, etc. GREEN= Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Asparagus, Snap Peas, Honeydew, Kiwi, Grapes, Apples RED= Radishes, Apples, Grapes, Strawberries, Tomatos, Raspberries I also made the Star of David using Pineapple and Blackberries. Star of David Fruit Tray Again, feel free to use any fruit or veggie you want. Have fun with it! YELLOW= Pineapple, Banana, Mango, Yellow Watermelon, Golden Kiwi BLUE= Blackberries, Blueberries, Plums So, “Chag Sameach”! Have a Happy Hanukkah! Now on to my Nature Fresh Farms tree! Nature Fresh Farms is one of the largest independent greenhouse produce grower in North America. Their produce is always so colorful and has consistent taste. I really brightened up the station with all the colors and it smelled great! Holiday Fruit and Veggie Trays Look at that colorful and tasty looking tree! Holiday Fruit and Veggie Trays I used sliced green bell peppers as the tree, a cucumber as the trunk and decorated with cocktail tomatoes and bell pepper garland. Don't want to use bell peppers? Try cucumbers or look back at the GREEN produce ideas on the Menorah! Like I always say, try them all and find your favorite! I'm always bringing the veggie trays to Indy Style. This time I decided to duke it out with the hosts with a veggie tray race... Holiday Fruit and Veggie Trays Watch the video to see who won this challenge!! Stay tuned! I have more fruit and veggie holiday trays coming your way. PLUS some tips on keeping your fresh produce fresh and your family safe during the festivities. xoxo Produce Mom [post_title] => Holiday Fruit & Veggie Trays on Indy Style [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => holiday-fruit-veggie-trays-on-indy-style [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-12-04 11:41:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-12-04 16:41:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 563 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 3967 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2013-12-16 12:06:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-12-16 17:06:13 [post_content] => [wpurp-searchable-recipe]Apple Breakfast Parfait - - apple ((Sage apples recommended)), lemon (juiced), yogurt (low-fat vanilla or plain Greek ), cereal ((honey, almond, & flax multi-grain cereal recommended)), Rinse and dry the apples. Dice with the skin on. ; Place diced apples in a medium-sized bowl. Add lemon juice and toss to coat. ; In each parfait glass, add a layer of diced apples followed by one container of yogurt and another layer of apples. 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